Sincerest Form of Flattery
Did anyone else think the constitutional reform initiatives announced today by brand-new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (see news coverage here and here) sounded familiar? Among the proposed changes: Parliament will have the power to declare war, ratify treaties, and approve appointments of judges and certain key administrative personnel; the government will form a National Security Council; and a process will begin to consider (yet again) enactment of a written Bill of Rights. Brown unveiled the plans in his first House of Commons speech as PM, a real marquee moment and probably the closest thing he has to an inaugural address.
It’s nice to know that, despite all its flaws and foibles, our governmental structure still has features that others consider worth emulating. Happy Fourth of July! (And if you haven’t done so yet, you should take another moment to celebrate the day by reading the Declaration of Independence.)