Wednesday, 15 December 2010
The Cabinet Manual - new draft
It reflects the importance of Parliament and Cabinet government, and the democratic nature of the UK’s constitutional arrangements.
The manual is primarily intended to provide a guide for members of Cabinet, other Ministers, and Civil Servants in the carrying out of government business, but will also serve to bring greater transparency about the mechanisms of Government, informing the public whom the government serves.
It is possible to comment on this draft document - see Cabinet Office _ Cabinet Manual Published.
It is somewhat worrying that constitutional changes might be occurring in this way and it might be preferable for such matters to emerge from a cross-party body charged with reviewing consitutional arrangements? Of course, the absence of a formal written consitution makes it possible to alter things in subtle ways and perhaps "guidance" documents stating how matters "ought" to work is one way of achieving such changes. The Guardian - "We the people deserve something better than a high-class villain's charter" - is very critical of this development seeing it as an attempt to write a blueprint for a dictatorship. The document is 150 pages long and covers a considerable range of issues. Further comment must therefore be reserved for later.