The political problems of Britain today are greater than the problems of party government. Yet the question of how the country is governed cannot be divorced from the question: who governs? The greatest flaw in the present system of British government is that the parties, when occupying the seats of power, are incapable of meeting all the expectations that they raise. Parties often try to govern by good intent. Someday, perhaps, the claims of Cabinet ministers to be responsible for all the actions of government will seem as strange as the claims of earlier English monarchs to be the rulers of France and Ireland, as well as England.
KeywordsPrime Minister Civil Servant Special Adviser British Government Labour Party
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