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  1. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    I thought the British system was fine as it was (evolving and adapting to new conditions to be sure, but not so insecure as to look to us as a solution to what ails them) and thus that it’s a mistake to believe they needed to emulate our system. The British have developed a constitutional monarchical democracy that works rather well, comparatively speaking. As I noted once over at PrawfsBlawg in a post on reforming the House of Lords, even many of the proposed reforms (some already implemented) of the House of Lords are unnecessary and wrong-headed.

  2. They must be familiar indeed! It’s funny that this aspect of the proposed reforms – the similarity of many of them to long-standing US practice – hasn’t been commented on more here in the UK, since we know Brown is seriously interested in the US and its politics – much more so than Tony Blair ever was.

    There’s no doubt quite a few of the reforms are inspired by what you guys do – but I wouldn’t push the similarities too far. I think we’ll be cautious about making “confirmation hearings” as political as yours sometimes seem to be; and giving Parliament the final say over war and treaties isn’t nearly as radical as giving Congress those powers. Don’t forget, we have a parliamentary system so, unless his or her majority is on a knife-edge, the PM will always have the initiative, and will have no trouble getting proposals through. There’ll never be a situation like President Bush finds himself in now, following mid-term elections.