The Kingdom To Come

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01Robin Butler2014121520141216 (R4)

Peter Hennessy asks Robin Butler how further devolution will change the UK's constitution.

01Robin Butler20141215

In the first of a series of one-to-one conversations with senior figures in public life, Peter Hennessy, the historian, asks Robin Butler (Lord Butler of Brockwell), the former Cabinet Secretary, how the United Kingdom's constitution will change as a result of further devolution.

The hurried promises of further devolution made by political leaders during and immediately after the Scottish Referendum will fundamentally change how the United Kingdom is governed, with little opportunity for people to consider what this radical reform might mean or to discuss the constitutional implications.

This series explores the possible impact of further devolution on the United Kingdom's constitution. In each programme, Peter Hennessy invites his guests to draw on their different expertise in government, politics, the law and public ethics in considering questions of accountability, coherence and practicality. For example, would further devolution improve trust in politics? Is devolution practical unless it is accompanied by tax-raising powers? Is there a risk that varying degrees of devolution across the country could create an incoherent system? Would all citizens of the United Kingdom continue to enjoy equal rights? Would a federal constitution be viable? Are we heading towards the end of the United Kingdom?

Peter Hennessy's other guests in the series are William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons; Alistair Darling MP, former Chancellor of the Exchequer; Onora O'Neill (Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve), philosopher, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and former BBC Reith lecturer; and David Hope (Lord Hope of Craighead), former Deputy President of the United Kingdom's Supreme Court.

Producer: Rob Shepherd.

022014121620141217 (R4)

Peter Hennessy is joined by David Hope, a former senior Scottish judge.

02David Hope20141216

Peter Hennessy, the historian, continues his series of conversations on the future of the United Kingdom's constitution. His guest today is David Hope (Lord Hope of Craighead), former Scottish judge and former Deputy President of the United Kingdom's Supreme Court.

The hurried promises of further devolution made by political leaders during and immediately after the Scottish Referendum will fundamentally change how the United Kingdom is governed, with little opportunity for people to consider what this radical reform might mean or to discuss the constitutional implications.

This series explores the possible impact of further devolution on the United Kingdom's constitution. In each programme, Peter Hennessy invites his guests to draw on their different expertise in government, politics, the law and public ethics in considering questions of accountability, coherence and practicality. For example, would further devolution improve trust in politics? Is devolution practical unless it is accompanied by tax-raising powers? Is there a risk that varying degrees of devolution across the country could create an incoherent system? Would all citizens of the United Kingdom continue to enjoy equal rights? Would a federal constitution be viable? Are we heading towards the end of the United Kingdom?

Peter Hennessy's other guests during the series are William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons; Alistair Darling MP, former Chancellor of the Exchequer; Onora O'Neill (Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve), philosopher, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and former BBC Reith lecturer; and Robin Butler (Lord Butler of Brockwell), former Cabinet Secretary.

Producer: Rob Shepherd.

03Onora O'neill2014121720141218 (R4)

Peter Hennessy is joined by the philosopher Onora O'Neill.

Peter Hennessy, the historian, continues his series of conversations on the future of the United Kingdom's constitution. His guest today is Onora O'Neill (Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve), philosopher, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and former BBC Reith lecturer.

The hurried promises of further devolution made by political leaders during and immediately after the Scottish Referendum will fundamentally change how the United Kingdom is governed, with little opportunity for people to consider what this radical reform might mean or to discuss the constitutional implications.

This series explores the possible impact of further devolution on the United Kingdom's constitution. In each programme, Peter Hennessy invites his guests to draw on their different expertise in government, politics, the law and public ethics in considering questions of accountability, coherence and practicality. For example, would further devolution improve trust in politics? Is devolution practical unless it is accompanied by tax-raising powers? Is there a risk that varying degrees of devolution across the country could create an incoherent system? Would all citizens of the United Kingdom continue to enjoy equal rights? Would a federal constitution be viable? Are we heading towards the end of the United Kingdom?

Peter Hennessy's other guests during the series are William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons; Alistair Darling MP, former Chancellor of the Exchequer; David Hope (Lord Hope of Craighead), former Deputy President of the United Kingdom's Supreme Court; and Robin Butler (Lord Butler of Brockwell), former Cabinet Secretary.

Producer: Rob Shepherd.

04Alistair Darling Mp2014121820141219 (R4)

Peter Hennessy is joined by Alistair Darling MP, the former chancellor of the Exchequer.

Peter Hennessy, the historian, continues his series of conversations on the future of the United Kingdom's constitution. His guest today is Alistair Darling MP, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Secretary of State for Scotland, Trade and Industry, Transport and Work and Pensions.

The hurried promises of further devolution made by political leaders during and immediately after the Scottish Referendum will fundamentally change how the United Kingdom is governed, with little opportunity for people to consider what this radical reform might mean or to discuss the constitutional implications.

This series explores the possible impact of further devolution on the United Kingdom's constitution. In each programme, Peter Hennessy invites his guests to draw on their different expertise in government, politics, the law and public ethics in considering questions of accountability, coherence and practicality. For example, would further devolution improve trust in politics? Is devolution practical unless it is accompanied by tax-raising powers? Is there a risk that varying degrees of devolution across the country could create an incoherent system? Would all citizens of the United Kingdom continue to enjoy equal rights? Would a federal constitution be viable? Are we heading towards the end of the United Kingdom?

Peter Hennessy's other guests in the series are William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons; Onora O'Neill (Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve), philosopher, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and former BBC Reith lecturer; David Hope (Lord Hope of Craighead), former Deputy President of the United Kingdom's Supreme Court; and Robin Butler (Lord Butler of Brockwell), former Cabinet Secretary.

Producer: Rob Shepherd.

05 LASTWilliam Hague Mp2014121920141220 (R4)

Peter Hennessy talks to William Hague MP, leader of the House of Commons.

05 LASTWilliam Hague Mp20141219

In the last programme in this series of one-to-one conversations, Peter Hennessy, the historian, asks William Hague MP, First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons, how the United Kingdom's constitution will change as a result of further devolution.

The hurried promises of further devolution made by political leaders during and immediately after the Scottish Referendum will fundamentally change how the United Kingdom is governed, with little opportunity for people to consider what this radical reform might mean or to discuss the constitutional implications.

This series explores the possible impact of further devolution on the United Kingdom's constitution. In each programme, Peter Hennessy invites his guests to draw on their different expertise in government, politics, the law and public ethics in considering questions of accountability, coherence and practicality. For example, would further devolution improve trust in politics? Is devolution practical unless it is accompanied by tax-raising powers? Is there a risk that varying degrees of devolution across the country could create an incoherent system? Would all citizens of the United Kingdom continue to enjoy equal rights? Would a federal constitution be viable? Are we heading towards the end of the United Kingdom?

Peter Hennessy's other guests in this series are Alistair Darling MP, former Chancellor of the Exchequer; Onora O'Neill (Baroness O'Neill of Bengarve), philosopher, chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and former BBC Reith lecturer; David Hope (Lord Hope of Craighead), former Deputy President of the United Kingdom's Supreme Court; and Robin Butler (Lord Butler of Brockwell), former Cabinet Secretary.

Producer: Rob Shepherd.