Thursday, February 11, 2010

The head and the body in British politics

Stephen MacLean draws my attention to this latest column by Daniel Finkelstein, columnist for Times Online, who has been thinking about the conflict between strong leadership and strong MPs in Britain in ways that make most of our Canadian commentators look, as the Brits say, thick as planks. Maybe they are just slow learners; Canada's had this problem for about 90 years, it's barely a decade old in Britain.

Finkelstein, however, has come to despair, concluding Britain has to move to an American system of an independently elected executive and a separate legislature.
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