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Friday, 15 February 2013
Compare and Contrast
It’s no coincidence that the phrase “Compare and Contrast” often appears in exams and essays. It’s a great way of developing understanding. It is possible to get some idea of the British constitutional system just by reading descriptions of the rules applicable in the UK – but ‘compare and contrast’ with the constitutions of other countries, and you’ll deepen your understanding greatly. Similarly, working out how other countries have devised ways of resolving similar problems can give greater insight into our own solutions.
One of the purposes of the Washminster blog is to provide the tools to do such comparisons. Its main focus is the legislatures of the UK; US; France and the European Union. However, context is needed – so the politics, history and traditions of each country/Union is needed too. Your comments are welcome – just let me know if there are particular topics you’d like to see dealt with by Washminster.
I am a tutor for the Open University and have practical experience of working in the UK and European Parliaments.
Until May 2010 I worked at Westminster as Political Secretary to Lord Bach and to Lord Hunt of King's Heath. Previously I had worked as Research and Policy Director in the Office of Sir Peter Soulsby MP. In 2001 and 2005 I stood for Parliament in the South Leicestershire Constituency of Blaby. In 2009 I was a candidate for the European Parliament in the East Midlands Region.
I have a keen academic and practical interest in the workings of both the UK Parliament and the US Congress. I have made a number of study visits to Washington DC - and monitor proceedings, procedure and practice in the four chambers [House of Commons, House of Lords, House of Representative and the Senate]
Over the years I have broadcast on both UK & US Politics for BBC local radio including Radio Northampton; BBC Three Counties and BBC Radio Oxford.