The Introduction identifies the issues raised by the British constitution. The traditional, unwritten nature of the constitution means that it relies on tacit understandings to infuse government institutions with values that express a political way of being. A loss of trust in the institutions of government and a loss of faith by the political class in customary ways of governing have resulted in confused, incremental reforms. Is it necessary, or even possible, to undertake coherent reform to produce a written constitution? A study of the history of the constitution is necessary to explain how we have arrived at our present state.