How Democratic is the UK? (Positives (Referendums are held from time to…
How Democratic is the UK?
There are regular, free elections.
Free media and indpendant sources of information.
Democratic institutions such as local councils, devolved assemblies, Parliament and government.
Freedom to vote, stand for office and to form political parties or associations.
Parliament makes government continually accountable.
Referendums are held from time to time when important constitutional issues need to be resolved.
A variety of parties and political associations I.E. Pressure groups are allowed to flourish.
Freedom, Equality and Rights are protected by law.
Independant judicary that safeguards rule of law.
Rule of law applies- everyone is equal under the law.
Freedom of Information Act enables citizens to access information about government and running of the country.
Unelected institutions persist in the form of the Monarchy and House of Lords.
Elections are arguably not fair due to FPTP
Governments are elected on a minority of the national vote.
Prime Minister enjoys arbitary, prerogative powers.
No entrenched constitution, so distribution of political power can be uncertain.
Parliamentary sovreignty means that individual rights and liberties are inadequately protected.
A great deal of power is in the hands of the EU.
Arguably, political participation is declining.
There is a growth in political disengagement and disatisfaction.