Electrons in Great Britain: Could a Change of Government Affect Security Policy
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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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.
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