Slides in this set
The British constitution hasn't
changed in any way.
· But the PM dominates the British
· Presidential implies that the PM has
become head of state (MT's `the royal
we') The Queen is legally this but
effectively this is now part of the PM's
job and he/she is seen on equal status
as presidential leaders of other…read more
Stronger PM's less likely to consult their
cabinet. `primus inter pares' often brushed
aside and more power is taken by the PM
than the constitution stipulates.
Thatcher weeded out the `wets' in her
Harold Macmillan 1962 night of the long
knives, 7 cabinet members, this showed the
power (not just in recent years though)
The cabinet should be balanced but keeping
an ideological balance is good for party
satisfaction (John Prescott can hardly. . .)…read more
Blair and Thatcher are both strong PM's. They
may dominate their cabinets more than others:
Thatcher: poll tax and
privatisation without the full
support of her cabinet.
Blair: troubles in the middle east
and income tax changes.…read more
Separation of powers?
· Not separately elected and also a
member of the Commons.
· Can pass laws easier because they
always have some sort of majority in
the Commons, but they are still subject
to constitutional constraints by party,
parliament and the cabinet. How?…read more
PM's have recently become
personally responsible for
failures rather than the govt as a
They also claim credit for the success of the
government shadowing American figurehead