The primacy of Parliament


A useful parliament?

Professor Anthony King, Millennium Professor of British Government, University of Essex

A wise American political scientist – Nelson W Polsby, now alas dead – once suggested that the democratic world’s representative assemblies could usefully be arrayed along a single continuum…

Parliament: our principle democratic institution

Graham Brady MP, Member of Parliament for Altrincham and Sale West and Chair, Conservative Party 1922 Committee

An Englishman who played a key role in both the American and French revolutions, if Thomas Paine were alive today, he would recognise in our Parliament the last bastion of the patronage state from which he sailed 240 years ago…

The real Prime Minister’s Question

Greg Rosen, Director of Public Policy, Bellenden Public Affairs and Consultant Director, Reform

It is striking that in the debate over the growing political disconnect between government and governed in the UK, how little attention is paid by the media to the nature of that disconnect and what might fix it…

Parliament matters

His Excellency Rt Hon Sir Lockwood Smith, High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, New Zealand

In a country like New Zealand it is easy to take parliamentary democracy for granted. Yet anyone who has been involved in politics internationally, and seen the consequences of compromised freedoms, knows it matters. But politicians can become complacent and worse, the public disillusioned…