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Britain since 1945 by Jonathan Hollowell

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By Jonathan Hollowell

This booklet bargains a finished evaluation of Britain's improvement because the finish of the second one international conflict. It contains 23 contributions from top experts and more recent students, set in context with a foreword via Raymond Seitz.A finished and engaging advent to Britain from the top of the second one global WarDraws jointly the subjects that experience ruled dialogue among students and media commentatorsThe chapters are set in context with a foreword by way of Raymond SeitzCovers themes akin to foreigh coverage, political events, the media, race family, ladies and social switch, technology and IT, tradition, commercial relatives, the welfare kingdom, and political and monetary matters in Scotland, Wales and northern eire

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Nassau Conference (UK gets Polaris programme). De Gaulle rejects UK membership of EEC. Devaluation of sterling and decision to withdraw east of Suez. UK rejected for second time for membership of EEC. UK enters EC. Chevaline update of Polaris programme. Falklands War. UK joins the EC's single market. Collapse of Berlin Wall and end of Cold War. Gulf Crisis and War ± Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Maastricht Treaty. UK leaves European Exchange Rate Mechanism. Operation Desert Fox.

The courts also edged ever closer to requiring public authorities to give reasons for decisions ± a clear precursor of a judge-made requirement for greater access to information. These twin pressures ± regional sentiment and judicial creativity in defence of individual rights ± would most likely have forced constitutional change whether the government of the day liked it or not. And the point would have come when THE CONSTITUTION, GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT 27 government and Parliament would have had to ask themselves: are we to let this be imposed on us, or are we to harness and mould these forces into a national constitutional settlement as a whole?

This caused problems because the upheavals of the 1970s had led to no change whatsoever, THE CONSTITUTION, GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT 25 and had left a mass of unresolved questions ± whither Northern Ireland? where would European union lead? ± and frustrated aspirations, nowhere more than in Scotland where, after all, a simple majority of those voting in 1979 had favoured devolution. And because the Thatcher governments genuinely altered the con®guration of the state by a centralisation of power ± notably by the debilitation of local government and the proliferation of quangos ± a sense of an unbalanced constitution arose.

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