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  • Tuesday, February 28, 2006

    Brown seeks written code on relationship between MPs and executive

    This piece from today's Independent:

    Mr Brown wants a national debate on the "changes we need to the political system", citing low turn out at elections, declining membership of political parties and what he calls "the long term decline in trust" as reasons for urgent reform. Evidently he is contemplating some big changes in the way we are ruled as he deploys a vivid parallel to make his point.

    ... The article continues...
    I ask Mr Brown about his personal interest in constitutional reform given that he has a reputation of being a mighty control freak, interested only in getting his own way. "Thirty years ago before I was even a Labour candidate I campaigned actively for devolution when it was an unpopular policy within the party and beyond. To paraphrase Aneurin Bevan the 20th century was about elected governments taking power away from vested economic interests. The 21st century must be about governments giving power to the people."

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