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Politics Revision Notes

Green = Good/Advantages
Red = Bad/Disadvantages
Blue = Neutral

Effect of UK in international politics on the power of the PM

Domestic Reasons increasing his power
Policy success
Parliamentary majority
Leadership style & relations with colleagues
* Blair had great power with a large majority & a…

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A PM who is skilful at winning public support by appearing authoritative, adopting
popular policies & manipulating the media, as Blair did. This enables the PM to
ride out opposition in his own party.
However a PM who is seen as out of touch with public opinion loses these
advantages:…

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Differences between Blair & Brown regarding the USA (Bush)

BLAIR pro BROWN anti
ST
Blair followed Bush into War 1 Summit with Bush he made
despite the refusal of other leading clear that UK prepared to go its own
EU countries & the opt out given by way in Iraq.…

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Conveyed his strong belief in "Special Relationship" & need for UK to keep
close to US in order to exert influence on it.
Blair sought a leading role in Europe, attempting to combine the 2 & act as a
bridge between the US & EU.

The power of the PM…

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Constitutionally, govt can take the country to war without Parls approval
however, due to political necessity Blair still sought Parliamentary support for
war in advance.
This precedent could make it politically impossible for future govts to use their
prerogative power & take large scale military action without Parls approval.
Brown…

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3) Less tangible factors that affect our influence abroad:
The UK is a key member of ALL leading international organisations.
Permanent member of the UNSC.
EU
NATO, the UK is no: 2 to the USA as France is not in the military structure of
NATO (but political) & refuse to…

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Northern Rock.

Political System
Loss of economic sovereignty large industries buying here e.g. Indian
company Tata taking Jaguar.
BLACK WEDNESDAY ­ the pound got so bad we were forced out of the
ERM. Private currency dealers were selling the pound at such a rate that British
banks couldn't buy all…

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If govt raises taxes then skilled & talented workers will go elsewhere as the
large firms move also. Nondomiciled = work here but don't live here to avoid
tax, so they pay tax on little earning but not the whole package.
If British companies are now owned abroad e.g. Jaguar,…

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3) Europe: European Security & trade affairs. We play a leading role in UN,
NATO, EU e.g. preventing further integration by opting out of Euro but
supporting enlargement.
4) "Special Relations" the USA can guarantee are security. "Ride on the tiger
& whisper in its ear" we can exert more…

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This was a 6 day inquiry into just the "45 minute claim"
They weren't allowed to speak to any key people. Powell (Congress) would never
have allowed this. Congress have their own barristers to attack & find the truth.
It was decided that Alistair Campbell did not deliberately exaggerate the…

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