Coalition and Constitutional Reform – a Cancelled Revolution?

The Coalition has been in power for four years now and is more than fair game for an examination question. To that end, it should be expected that students know more than the Blair/Brown constitutional reforms. This article looks at the proposed constitutional reforms from the Coalition and their progress and/or success. In the light of recent announcements of the promised recall of MPs being scrapped, the Coalition has come under scrutiny for the progress of it’s reform programme.

Note – Try to steer clear of describing the AV referendum as a failure. For many reasons it could be criticised – poor choice (AV/FPTP) or poor turnout (42%). However at it’s heart, it did what a referendum should do – got a clear answer from an issue, an answer that was implemented without controversy. In this respect, it was not a failure.