From Blair to Brown: The Condition of British Government



    1. FBA, is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary University of London and Director of the Mile End Institute for British Government, Intelligence and Society.
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Peter Hennessy examines the conduct of central government since 1997, especially Cabinet processes during the build-up to the Iraq war of 2003. He discusses the degree to which both Blair and Brown over the past months have appeared to run against aspects of the governing style of the administrations they have jointly dominated. He assesses what Gordon Brown's floated idea of a written constitution might mean in practical terms and makes a particular case for a War Powers Act.