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Prime Ministerial Government

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Introduction

"The UK now has a system of Prime Ministerial Government." Discuss the validity of this statement Many political commentators accept that the power of the Prime Minister has increased in recent years leading to the development of a Prime Ministerial Government. This argument states that the Prime Ministerial system dominates the Governemtn, leaving the collective Cabinet government to erode away in the UK. The power of the Prime Minister has undoubtly grown through the decades and now is at the stage where they flex their authority and controls the government. The Prime Minister's powers and offices' emphasise their importance and demonstrates that they are more "primus" than "primus inter pares" compared to the Cabinet. Opponents insist that personality and consequences dictate which system is more powerful and dispute the idea that Cabinet government is dead. They recognise that the Prime Minister may lead the government but still believe that the British Executive is a collective one. Prime Ministerial government suggests that the power of the PM is such that they now dominate the government. This can be seen today in the UK government, with recently Blair and Brown being true examples of leading this system. There are many factors to support this argument. ...read more.

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Yet Blair didn't rely fully on his ministers as they did for him; his decision to go to war with Iraq was taken without full cabinet discussion showing the strength of his power and how he acted 'above' party policies which showed a similar style to a US President! During Blair's leadership many argued in favour of a Presidential model of government like in the US. It suggests that the PM holds a similar degree of power and authority to a US President. The media plays an important factor, with their focus upon the PM is at the expense of the Cabinet colleagues, while the PM takes world stage! At the present time this is highly reinforced as Brown leads in trying to solve the economic crisis, while most of his cabinet ministers are forgotten about. Brown has a highly active role within international relations, meeting with World Leaders about the 'world recession.' The newly elected US President Barack Obama and Brown, have a set date in which Obama will visit the UK and meet the PM. Previously Blair had a very high international relations, particularly with his partnership with US President George Bush. ...read more.

Conclusion

When Brown came to power he got rid of a few ministers in his Cabinet and replaced them with his supporters showing he knew their importance and wanting them on his side. However in recent times the PM bypasses their cabinet, favouring quick decision making by consulting one or two ministers instead of lengthy, time confusing meeting with other 20 minsiters. The Core Executive has been another argument put forward in where power lies in government. It has been described as "at the heart of the British government. It contains key institutions and actors concerned with developing policy, coordinating government activity and providing the necessary resources for delivering public goods." It is basically all those outside connected to the PM who advise and make policy. The Core Executive states that power in not located in any single place, instead everyone works together to keep the government running while linking all the departments together. It is very important however i do not believe it is the overall system which operates today. In conclusion I agree with the statement and believe the UK now has a system of Prime Ministerial government. In recent hard economic times we need a leader to keep the country up and running, even if it means by-passing the Cabinet! ...read more.

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