June 25, 2003

JACOB T. LEVY WRITES on constitutonal change in Britain, in The New Republic. Excerpt:

In the past the system has tottered along largely on the strength of British institutional conservatism. The traditional constitutional order exercised a hold on the political imagination; upheavals were out of character. But New Labour’s modernizing project shows that this Burkean conservatism has dwindled, and it’s further contributing to its diminution. Whatever emotional attachment Britons might have had to the centuries-old Lord Chancellorship–with its pomp, circumstance, and Great Seal–they are unlikely to extend to the new Minister of Constitutional Affairs.

Indeed.