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By Simon Griffiths, Kevin Hickson

This book brings jointly teachers and politicians to discuss the highbrow roots of the guidelines that presently force the most united kingdom political events. With significant avid gamers responding to the arguments raised in every one bankruptcy, the e-book could be a must-read for someone drawn to or instructing British politics.

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The abolition of most hereditary peerages, for example, provided an example of New Labour’s willingness to confront a transparently undemocratic status quo which had survived for a prolonged period through a combination of a lack of political will and inertia. However, devolved government for the nations of the United Kingdom represented a far more substantial and risky project. Devolution was hardly a Blairite policy, being virtually the only ‘Old Labour’ policy inheritance from the 1970s to survive the modernising Labour purges of the 1990s.

Analysts remain divided over whether to understand it either as a continuation of the kinds of reform initiated by Thatcherism or as an attempt to rescue social democracy by adapting the welfare state to the needs of the twenty-first century. Evidence for both claims can be found easily. 2 Yet the Blair years also saw consistent and far from insignificant increases in expenditure on health and education as well as reforms to welfare that targeted the poorest in the name of equality. 3 That evidence for contrary cases can so easily be adduced need not be thought indicative only of incoherence within Blairite ideology.

An additional constraint on active government is the EU and its drive to 22 British Party Politics and Ideology after New Labour the liberalisation of the internal market. In economic policy, national governments are more prudent and concerned to observe constraints in the form of allowing the independent monetary committee of the Bank of England to set interest rates, pursue a low inflation target and low borrowing limits. Keynesianism in one country is no longer possible. Risky economic policies may lead to a flight of capital, less investment and currency pressures.

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