‘Who Governs Britain?’



Formally the government governs Britain, of course — and more specifically the prime minister. Nevertheless it is not rule without opposition, and as Thatcher’s career illustrates even io Downing Street is not entirely a sanctuary from enemies. Although the centre of political argument since 1945 has been between the Conservative and Labour Parties, challenges to governments, and conflicts arising from such actions, are not confined to that duality, or even to the parliamentary processes. This chapter explores challenges to the dual-party system, and to the power of the Westminster Parliament.


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Chapter 3 ‘Who Governs Britain?’

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