The Structure Of The Westminster Government

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Although a basic understanding of the history of the union is important in approaching the piecemeal advent of devolution, the relative economic decline of the state in the post-war era is not. Within the UK this era was one of a rise of a sense of ‘British’ identity following victory in war and the creation of the welfare state. It is in my opinion that the appreciation of the nature of its governance from 1979 is the only area of study with any real substance and as such this essay will focus on it alone. Within this area of study, the perceived wisdom that devolution was a response to a civic rejection of Tory monetarist economic polices does hold some ground. However, it fails to comprehend the underlying problems of the structure of the Westminster government. This essay will argue that the nature of governance from 1979 simply highlighted an already existing problem of representation and so increased support for an already existing movement toward devolution. It was the failure of Westminster to accommodate the voices of all four regions that led to growing frustration with representation. Thus, a desire for representation was the primary driver of UK regional devolution. To name the economic policies of the Tory party as the primary driver for the devolution movement is to trivialise the fight for a more representative system of government. To explain why, we must first look at why some argue that the nature of Tory governance was the driver of devolution. Following

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