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Thursday, September 07, 2006
  How to get rid of a serving Prime Minister
The linked article in the Independent shows how strong the position of the Prime Minister is even if a majority of his or her party's MPs want him/her gone.

In a sense it is a sign of our constitution that tends to concentrate power in individuals. I take the view that this is not helpful for good government.

What it does is increase the power of the civil service and paid officers against the electorate whose representatives are the back bench MPs or Councillors.

The European Commission is essentially unaccountable as it is established by horse trading amongst governments.
 
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I've put up a response to the Independent's article here: http://oberon2001.blogspot.com/2006/09/that-this-house-has-no-confidence-in.html
 
Such a poor article doesn't deserve a response. The number of errors and innacuracies are shocking.

For example, Anthony Eden was not Foreign Secretary for Churchill's entire premiership. Eden only moved from the War office to the Foreign office when Lord Halifax (Churchill's first foreign sec) was appointed ambassador to the United States.
 
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