Is Parliament Becoming More Presidential? Essay

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“Is Parliament becoming more presidential?” Introduction Over a period of time there has been a growing idea that that parliament and the prime minister are becoming increasingly presidential. There is an argument that the Prime Minister dominates in the British Political system. The British traditional system has moved away from the “cabinet government” model to a “prime ministerial government” model. For * Prime minister has effectively, though not legally, become head of state and leader of the nation, irrespective of party allegiance. In a national crisis and times of difficulty the country unites behind the head of government. There has been a long term drift towards seeing the prime minister as a leader, rather than the monarch. * The growth of 10 Downing Street. To begin with the cabinet office was a relatively small organisation. However since the 1960’s there has been a steady growth within 10 Downing Street. With many different departments in which the prime minster plays a pivotal role they appear to be domination government. Eg. Extensive network of personal advisors, think tanks, policy units and working services that serve him alone. This is similar to the White House staff which is at the disposal of the US President. * Growing importance of the media in politics has contributed a greater concentration on the individual holder of office and portrays him as an individual spokesperson. Eg. Filming the prime minister giving statements outside 10 Downing Street, PM question time, these all indicate towards the notion of the prime minister as an individual * The growing importance of foreign and military affairs, which are dominated by the prime minister, has contributed to the presidential feel for the office. When the prime minister has to negotiate foreign powers and attend international conferences he appears presidential, this

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