U.K. civil servants ease Brown-Cameron transition
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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