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U.K. civil servants ease Brown-Cameron transition

By Ed O'Keefe


Newly minted British Prime Minister David Cameron, and wife, Samantha, arrive at No.10 Downing Street in London on Tuesday. (AP)

Kudos to the Wall Street Journal for highlighting the important work of British public servants in the last six days:

A low-key army of civil servants helped the U.K.'s main political parties navigate through a murky constitutional maze for which there is no legal map as they jockeyed to form a government in recent days.
This mass of bureaucrats is responsible for tasks that include everything from advising party negotiators on constitutional issues -- in a country that doesn't have a codified written constitution -- to making sure that the queen is available should the outgoing prime minister need to resign, as Gordon Brown did Tuesday, or an incoming leader require her formal blessing to form a new government.

A bipartisan group of Senators have proposed more funding and institutional support for future American presidential candidates in order to ensure a smooth, secure transfer of power. Washington should heed Westminster's brilliance and quickly move that bill forward.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 12, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
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