Politics British Autonomy

Politics British autonomy is used to highlight an internal conflict that has been occurring within the British Isles for hundreds of years. The conflict is similar to that in many European countries. In essence, the issue is the lack of clarity around who to include and who to exclude in terms of various forms of government. As there is no accepted basis for determining national (or state) boundaries, or for determining what powers should be exercised at what level, it is not surprising that it is a source of many conflicts.

In many ways, the challenges facing the British Isles in this regard provide some key long term opportunities for finding acceptable political options. In particular, the level of freedom from external authority can be seen more clearly when viewed from the perspective of both the "external authority" and the "autonomous area". Even within those categories, there are varying degrees freedom.

The British Isles are, to varying extents, the "external authority" for members of the Commonwealth of Nations. In some cases, the role is effective total control and government, in some cases a legal and titular role, and in some cases a powerful friend.

Within the British Isles, the relationship between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland provide different practical situations while having very similar legal arrangements. Within each of these states, there are a range of different government authorities of which "local government" forms a major component. The situation with Eire provides an ongoing conflict where there is a difference (religion) in most cases but little to tie that to the specific boundaries.

The British Isles is, on the other hand, the "autonomous area" in terms of the United Nations

and the European Union.

While much of the power that is held within these bodies relates to international affairs, there is real impact on individual citizens as a result of these external authorities.

Political Opportunity

The politics British autonomy challenge is around weighing the costs and benefits of the differing approaches in the long term. As with most political decisions, it is difficult to make the best long term decision when it is unpopular and difficult to communicate in the short term.

As an introduction to politics, the above issue provides plenty of basis for research and to develop a well thought through approach. As such, it is a good policy exercise regardless of whether your career plans are in media, elected political office or in the public service.

In the meantime, for those who are interested in thinking about a political career, progress to Succeed in Politics or Politics How To as a sound basis for understanding politics. Alternatively, you may wish to put your political beginnings in perspective by reviewing some incidents in the career of the Australian Prime Minister


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