Accession Number:

ADA394341

Title:

Electrons in Great Britain: Could a Change of Government Affect Security Policy

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES

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Report Date:

1997-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

The British electorate will be going to the polls in May 1997 to elect a new government for the next five years. The result could change the status quo in a profound way. At stake is Britains relationship with Europe as well as the weight of its defense contribution to the Alliance. A change of government could also alter Britains constitutional arrangements and lead to devolution of power among the regions of the United Kingdom. A change of government seems likely because polls indicate the electorate is disenchanted with the Conservative Tory party that has been in power for 18 years. Despite a fairly solid economic performance it is 25 points behind in the polls as of March March 16th. Labors young and dynamic leader, Mr. Tony Blair, is trying to create a new Labor Party which is not controlled by the unions. But, despite some useful party reforms, some shadow cabinet members, MPs and union backers still express strong socialist views.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE