“Constitutional Reform Since 1997 Has Not Gone Far Enough.” Discuss.

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“Constitutional reform since 1997 has not gone far enough.” Discuss. After the Labour party’s strong victory in the 1997 general election, winning 179 seats, they have made moves and provisions towards constitutional reform. Indeed, the two prime ministers; Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have done much for reform over the years, as illustrated by devolution and the human rights act. However, it can be argued that their reform has been limited, and much more can be done for constitutional reform. I believe that constitutional reform has not gone far enough. There was an increase in referendums as Tony Blair promised in his election manifesto. These include the referendums over the Manchester Congestion Charge in 2008, and the 2004 Referendum in the North-East, and were both affective in affecting the governing party views. In addition the increase in e-petitions has been effective. Indeed, the road pricing tax was dropped after 1 million people signed a petition against it. Also, MPs finally agreed on a referendum in 2011 over electoral reform, from our current first past the post system to alternative vote. Therefore, much has been done towards constitutional reform, and it has been effective. The Freedom of Information Act has given citizens greater powers to view information held about them and allows Parliament and the media greater access to official papers and reports. It marks a significant step on the road to open government which is a vital element in democratic government. It led to the publishing of MPs expenses, which led to an increased accountability in the spending of public money. This suggests that constitutional reform has gone far enough and they have also produced results. The Labour party promised to make provisions towards electoral reform. This has occurred in the devolved assemblies, which utilise proportional representation systems such
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