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The strength of Britain's constitutional arrangements is in its evolution and adaptation, preserving what is good, but adapting to take account of changing circumstances. The Lockean tradition of the relationship between the individual and the state (in contrast to the European, Rousseauian tradition), the absence of a written constitution or Bill of Rights, and the continued prevalence of common law (based on precedent) in harness with statutory law (in contrast to the continental, Napoleonic system, based on written codes) are key to that flexibility.

The weakness is that every adaptation seems to engender greater centralization and bureaucracy.

The objective of constitutional reform should be to preserve what is good, but to rationalize the structure wherever possible to move power away from the centre towards individuals (first) and local government (second), and to shrink the power, cost and scope of government at all levels.

The proposed reforms can best be described by setting down the revised structure and powers of the various organs of government:

  • House of Commons
  • Second, corrective chamber (currently House of Lords)
  • National government (the executive)
  • Local government
  • Supra-national government (EU, UN, etc)

There are many more organs of government, particularly after the recent inflation of the quangocracy. The broad objective is to eliminate as many as possible, and shrink the rest. Where they fall under particular policy sections and government departments, they are dealt with under that heading. Where they do not, they are dealt with under the relevant category from the above list.

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Dr. Radut Consulting