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IN WHAT WAYS IS BRITAIN DEMOCRATIC? The electorate in the United Kingdom have privileges regarding involvement in their democratic system unlike many other citizens of the World. In 1867 working class men were first given the right to vote, followed by the vote for women in 1918, a consequence of the suffragettes movements. In the twenty-first century the majority of the British public who are seen as deserving of the right to vote and have the mental capacity to make the judgement have the right to participate in local and general elections as well as referenda. This follows the principle of political equality for all. Citizens can also join parties (no age restriction), with the possible aim of representing the views of their arty as well as their constituents. The barriers for standing in office are not overly restrictive and with support the role is achievable. This means that as long as the party is legal they are free to operate. In turn this offers a wide range of political viewpoints, giving the electorate a greater choice. ...read more.


Voting is used to elect local councillors and members of parliament. This form of representative democracy allows the electorates view to be voiced on a range of issues from local and national, the constituent also has the power to communicate with their MP to help them make well-informed decisions with regard their constituent's opinion. Since devolution of power Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales the electorate are also able to choose the ministers for their own assemblies. These assemblies decide on issues such as culture, national language and tourism, allowing each of the 3 countries to gain an amount of independence from the Commons. The ministers concerned with their own country can make more intelligent decisions. Referenda may also be used on difficult issues on which the Commons is particularly undecided, this increases the level of democracy, and instead of being a representative democracy it is a direct democracy. Meaning that the electorate's power is increased. Unfortunately this form of direct democracy cannot be used for every issue raised in the House of Commons as it would soon loose its appeal and the electorate would become bored of the system. ...read more.


The British legal system is also evidence for a high level of democracy; juries are now decided from the electoral register randomly meaning that interference/ influence is less common. In any democracy the independence of the judiciary from political control is a fundamental protector of civil freedoms. By having these juries the decisions made within the courts of laws are less biased and do not have the influence of politicians or the monarchy. The British media, unlike many others in the World have freedom of speech, thought and expression, just as the citizens of Britain have although there are needed legal restrictions on this. This means that the public can gain a relatively knowledgeable account of the true political situation in Britain. Hence there is very little propaganda and censorship (except with regard intelligence), deriving from the government allowing independent thought. There are a great number of factors that contribute to the democratic features in Britain that are generic throughout many of the world's democracy's such as: USA and Japan. These countries like most democracies have a growing middle class and have capitalist companies that are key to their economy. ...read more.

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