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What Would Bagehot Say?

In 1867, Walter Bagehot published The English Constitution, describing the role of cabinet, Parliament and monarch. Would he still recognise our political system?

In 1867 Walter Bagehot published his seminal work on The English Constitution, describing the role of Cabinet, Parliament and Monarchy in delivering 'strong and stable' government. But 150 years on, would Bagehot still recognise our current political system and would he approve? The writer of The Economist's Bagehot column, Adrian Wooldridge, examines the British constitution through the eyes of a Victorian master.

Producer: Adam Bowen.

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Christmas Eve 2017 17:00