The Office of the Prime Minister

This paper examines the office of the Prime Minister of the British government: History, evolution, functions, powers, selection, strengths and weaknesses of leaders of the British goverment.

The purpose of this research is to examine the office of the Prime Minister of the British government. A historical background on the development of the office will be presented, together with an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.

n comparison with that of the heads of other modern states, the job of the Prime Minister of Great Britain is relatively vague. As chairman of the governing Cabinet of ministers, he has been called a primus inter pares (first among equals.) Nonetheless, as Winston Churchill said, There can be no comparison between the positions of number one and numbers two, three and four. This ambiguity stems from the fact that the office of prime minister evolved from pragmatic political practice over centuries, rather than from a constitutionally formulated theory.