The British Political Crisis
British politics is only just starting to emerge from its greatest period of political crisis since the sex-and-spy scandal surrounding the cabinet minister John Profumo in 1963, which caused the collapse of the Tory government of Harold Macmillan and ruined Macmillan’s health and career. The so-called expenses scandal has destroyed careers, wrecked British public confidence in politics, and—as is clear from the latest local election result, in which the governing Labour party polled only 18 percent in one of its safest seats—is well on its way to bringing down the government of Labour Prime Minister -Gordon Brown.
There have been six cabinet resignations, 16 resignations from the House of Commons, the first forced resignation of a Speaker of the Parliament for 300 years, and a widespread demand by the public for a cleaner, more transparent politics.
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