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Is the role of the Prime minister becoming more Presidential?

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Is the role of the Prime minister becoming more Presidential? The prime minister is meant to be the first among equals. This seems to be changing though in recent times. Margaret Thatcher was the foundation of the change of the prime minister. Thatcher managed to change her role to become more of an individual power being so popular with the public. This occurred after the Falklands war. This huge popularity meant that Thatcher was untouchable with in the Tory party there for giving her the opportunity to change. Instead of being the first among equals Thatcher saw herself as more of an above rank to her cabinet. With this view that the cabinet were beneath her taking advice of them seemed ludicrously ridicules. ...read more.

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Other factors that can determine the power of the PM are recent events e.g. the Falklands and party opinion. The prime ministers role was put back down after Thatcher reign was put to an end by her own cabinet. The replacement made by the Tory party was John Major. After seeing what happened to Thatcher major took a different approach to the running of the country. He tried to use his cabinet showing that the job of the prime minister was nothing but the first among equals. Not running his cabinet successfully caused splits and leaks. Powers of the prime minister were reduced when the public saw that he couldn't run his own cabinet. ...read more.

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This isn't the case for Gordon browns ministers. Gordon brown has been in office for nearly three terms and most civil servants retire after ten. With the role of civil servants being reduced and the role of the cabinet is to be a bunch of yes men then most would say that the prime minister is becoming more presidential but an argument could be that it is just strong personalities that has been appointed to run the country in recent times with Thatcher and Blair only having one prime minister in between them some would say that these two influential figures have changed the entire role of the prime minister. It is likely that this will continue since the public seem to want a strong commanding figure then the party will appoint a Thatcher or Blair as there party leader. ...read more.

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