Britain is a Constitutional Monarchy where the Queen is Head of State and the Elected Prime Minister is Head of Government. The latter sits and runs the country at his office at 10 Downing Street. The Prime Minister and Cabinet (consisting of all the most senior ministers, who are government department heads) are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the Sovereign, to Parliament, to their political party, and ultimately to the electorate. The current Prime Minister[update], David Cameron, was appointed on 11 May 2010. Historian Simon Schama shows us around in this BBC Documentary made during Tony Blair’s term in Office. The Powers of the Prime Minister are equal to that of a President in a Republic but he is accountable equally to the Reigning ( But Not Ruling ) Queen or King who nevertheless has a number a Royal Prerogatives ( See HISTORY FORUM: How Truly Democratic is The British Monarchy ? )
The Queen and the Prime Minister:
An insight into the relationship between past and present Prime Ministers and The Queen, with footage kindly donated from the BBC’s ‘The Queen at 80’.
Margaret Thatcher’s last House of Commons Speech on November 22, 1990
Thatcher: “No! No! No!”
Margaret Thatcher’s statement of 30 October 1990 to the House of Commons on the European Council meeting at Rome held on 27/28 October
Thatcher announces the Falklands invasion to the House of Commons:
David Frost Interviews Margaret Thatcher talking about sinking the Belgrano During Falklands Conflict:
Margaret Thatcher end of Falklands War
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher talks to press outside No 10 following announcement of Argentine surrender in Falklands conflict as crowds sing ‘Rule Britannia’, Downing Street; 15 Jun 82
The decline of Bureaucratic Elites and the Rise of Thatcherism:
Political journalist and documentarian Adam Curtis examines some of the key intellectual theories at the heart of Thatcherism and explores the political circumstances of the late 1970’s that led to Mrs. Thatcher’s election victory.