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governance in the uk September 4, 2007

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Governmental suggestions that UK citizens do not need to be consulted about the EU’s reform treaty look particularly odd in the light of the Green Paper on The Governance of Britain, published in July, which states, right at the beginning:

We want to forge a new relationship between government and citizen, and begin the journey towards a new constitutional settlement — a settlement that entrusts Parliament and the people with more power.
The proposals published in this Green Paper seek to address two fundamental questions: how should we hold power accountable, and how should we uphold and enhance the rights and responsibilities of the citizen?

There’s a lot more rhetoric later on. For example:

The time has come to build a consensus about the changes that we can make together to help renew trust and confidence in our democratic institutions, to make them fit for the modern world and to begin properly to articulate and celebrate what it means to be British. Renewing the fabric of our nation is not a one-off project or some meaningless side-show. The aim of the proposals in this paper should be to create a renewed bond between government and the people it serves, bringing people closer to the decision-making process at both the local and national level. By rebalancing some aspects of the way power is exercised, the Government hopes to ensure that individual citizens feel more closely engaged with those representing them; able to have their voice heard, active in their communities and bound together by common ties.

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