• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"Constitutional reform had gone too far, or not far enough?" Discuss

Extracts from this document...


?Constitutional reform has gone too far, or not far enough.? Discuss. (40 marks) Constitutional reform is a process whereby the fundamental nature of the system government (as well as the relationships between governing institutions) is changed, or where change is proposed. In the case of the UK this may also involve the process of codification. Such reforms have arguably been frequently present over recent years, with the introduction of numerous constitutional reforms since 1997-the Golden Date, some might argue. The UK currently has a Two-and-a-Half Party System, with the Liberal Democrats being the half. As such, there are of course many competing points of view, some of which differentiating due to a party?s position on the political spectrum. This essay will identify and explain the differences in opinion concerning whether or not constitutional reform has gone far enough. The Conservative party, made up of many traditionalists of Great Britain, very much believe that constitutional reform has gone too far. They believe that numerous sudden changes have occurred since 1997 under Labour, but there has not been a pause. Britain therefore needs to stop and see if the system is working, before any further/additional-and perhaps unnecessary-changes are made. ...read more.


constitution as it outlines the rights of the people, and in a sense, limits government power. A codified constitution could also allow human rights to become entrenched (the device which protects a constitution from short-term amendment). As human rights and liberties are at the heart of many Liberal Democrats, it is obvious why they wish to have a codified constitution, and are not at all content with the current uncodified constitution. This may be because the government has found ways to go around issues in the past, due to the uncodified constitution not distinctly outlining their power, roles and limitations. The Liberal Democrats also believe that a codified constitution could be more democratic, in the sense that popular sovereignty (sovereignty lies with the people, as is the case in America) could be integrated. The Liberal Democrats are also in favour of devolution, which fits in with the idea of federalism (the process by which two or more governments share powers over the same geographic area). During the 1990s and in the run up to the 1997 general election, the Liberal Democrats developed a joint policy with Labour, showing their commitment to devolution. ...read more.


This would of course be very beneficial to the Conservatives, but would be very damaging to Labour. Hence why Labour believe that Scottish Independence is a step too far. In conclusion, each of the three main parties have different opinions concerning the true extent of constitutional reform: with the Conservatives predominantly believing that it has gone too far, the Liberal Democrats believing that it has not gone far enough and Labour lying somewhere in between. However, under the coalition, the two members have compromised and have strayed slightly from their original views. The Conservatives, for example, have proposed to reform the House of Lords, which is arguably quite ?untraditional? of them. The Liberal Democrats have agreed to reduce the number of MPs in the Commons, even though there will be less scrutiny and they will lose out. The numerous differences in opinions and views over constitutional reform has sometimes allowed for some parties to spring up: the bid for Scottish Independence created the Scottish Nationalist Party and issues concerning the EU have created UKIP. It can be strongly argued that constitutional reform has not gone far enough, in the sense of improving democracy, as several aspects of the UK remain undemocratic, such as reducing the number of MPs in the Commons and not completely reforming the House of Lords. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level United Kingdom section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level United Kingdom essays

  1. Is There A Need For Constitutional Reform?

    1999, which it did by a less comfortable margin than expected, and to ensure a relatively obedient administration in Edinburgh. This proved more problematical. Labour could govern only with the help of the Liberal Democrats, and it turned out to be a coalition that damaged both parties in terms of their popular support.

  2. 'Britain is in desperate need of electoral reform. The FPTP system is undemocratic.' Discuss.

    This is because Labour's support is distributed more efficiently in relation to the ability to gain seats, as it is densely concentrated in many areas. Labour have always been popular in and around major cities, so even when they do not win the election, they still have a lot of say in the House of Commons.

  1. The Labour Party.

    Evaluation of the role and power of the party leader: In 1997 the conservative party suffered a crushing election defeat, and John Major resigned. His successor William Hague set about reforming a party that was in a lamentable state. Membership had dipped to an all-time low, and many members were too old to be active.

  2. Electoral reform

    First past the post aids democracy because it clarifies the choices available to votes. It offers voters a clear and simple choice between potential parties of government, each committed to a different policy. First past the post also established a strong and reliable link between a representative and his or her constituency.

  1. Should Britain adopt a written constitution?

    long pages of articles, statutes and etc such as the India and USA and those being very complicated on reading them itself.

  2. To what extent have constitutional reforms introduced since 1997 made the UK more democratic?

    happy with the outcome, the first London mayor, Ken Livingstone introduced TFL, which revolutionised travelling around London, and is often revered around the world as the best transport system of any country. It can be argued whether or not the addition of a mayor who doesn?t have much real power

  1. Constitutional reform since 1997 has not gone far enough Discuss 40 marks

    For example in the anti-terrorism act, this gave police greater power and the Freedom of information Act 2000 has been partly effective because it enabled us to have access to government information and other aspects of government. Furthermore, through the judge?s interpretation of HRA, judges can ?rewrite? legislations and this

  2. How Red Is Ed Miliband?

    his brother, who said he would keep the 50p rate only for one parliament. The Economy - Left Miliband has followed the political fashion in saying that the economy had got too dependent on fiance, and too unbalanced as a result.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work