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To save Britain’s democracy we must fix our creaking constitution

The Victorians and Edwardians worked out the ground rules of the politics of their day. Our own times require us to be similarly bold

By David Allen Green  

Portrait of Walter Bagehot

A hundred years is a long time in politics. And yet the constitutional and legal framework in which British politics operates has changed little since Victorian and Edwardian times. The regulation of elections is predicated on the constituency model of local campaigns. The relationships between the elements of the state—legislature, executive and judiciary—are still pretty much as Walter Bagehot described and AV Dicey theorised in the late 19th century. If there were a picture…

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