Category Archives: Constitution

What is the Rule of Law and why is it an important principle of the UK Constitution?

The Law of the Constitution is AV DIcey’s most famous work.

Along with Parliamentary Sovereignty, the Victorian constitutional scholar A.V Dicey called the Rule of Law one of the ‘twin pillars of the UK constitution’. By this, he meant it was one of the things that was fundamental in making the UK constitution what it is. So, what is meant by the Rule of Law and why is it so significant?

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What is the Freedom of Information Act and why did Tony Blair call it “stupidity”?

The Freedom of Information Act was introduced under New Labour.

In the 1997 General Election campaign the Labour Party, now rebranded as New Labour and under the leadership of Tony Blair planned a number of constitutional changes that had the overall aim of modernising the British Constitution. One of these changes was the Freedom of Information Act (2000). So, what was this and why did Tony Blair end up calling himself “naive and irresponsible for introducing it”? 

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