La Pratique référendaire et la Mairie de Londres

Abstract : Holding a referendum in London to see whether the electorate wanted the capital to be given a new supra-municipal authority was one of New Labour’s 1997 election promises. Once elected, New Labour was committed to being true to its word even though it might have been inclined to be less ambitious given the mandate that it had just been handed by the whole nation. Whereas at the outset New Labour’s intention was for the referendum to come under traditional parliamentary scrutiny, they quickly changed tack and replaced consultation by action. It appears thereafter that the government was far less interested in organising a ballot in order to discover the sort of political administration Londoners wanted. On the contrary, they knew only too well to what extent the new authority in London would be the ideal lever for New Labour to establish its powerbase in the capital city. In this way the referendum seems to have been a mere formality in order to give an already confirmed decision some sort of a popular backing
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Timothy Whitton. La Pratique référendaire et la Mairie de Londres. Revue française de civilisation britannique, CRECIB - Centre de recherche et d'études en civilisation britannique, 2009, La pratique référendaire dans les îles britanniques, pp.67-84. ⟨hal-01923600⟩

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