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The UK Political System

The UK Political System

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Published by Dafydd Humphreys
GCSE Citizenship revision notes about the UK political system
GCSE Citizenship revision notes about the UK political system

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Published by: Dafydd Humphreys on Mar 27, 2007
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 The UK Political System
Democracy?
Not entirely.Democracy in itspurest form involves everyonehaving their say.In ancient Athensall citizens voted on every issue.Except that women and slaveswere excluded.
Representative Democracy 
We elect MPs to represent us. Theyvote on matters in Parliament.MPsusually vote according to whattheir party’s policy is, unless they
 
disagree with it and rebel. THEWHIP is a ‘tough’, ‘persuasive’ MPwho will try to pull his party’s MPsinto line.A Referendum These are rare in the UK.When avery important decision on thefuture of the country is required, aspecial vote called a referendum iscalled and every voter can choose.Decisions like joining the EuropeanUnion or the Euro currency may beexamples of these.‘Free vote’
 
Sometimes MPs don’t have to votewith their party. These usuallyinvolvematters of consciencelikeabortion or fox hunting.HOUSE OF LORDS This is the UPPER CHAMBER of parliament. They will check,challenge, and approve decisionsmade by the House of Commons.Until recently all the Lords werehereditary peers. This means thatthey are ‘Lords’ because of theirfamily. It has been reformed and

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