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To what extent does parliament protect Britain from an elective dictatorship?

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To what extent does parliament protect Britain from an elective dictatorship? Hannah Roberts - Jones 12lin. Britain by lacking a written constitution is unable to turn to a particular document to know to what extent the government has power and where their power lies. This is why Britain needs parliament to ensure that those given authority through the people do not mis-use the power given. However parliament may not do adequate checks to ensure that an elective dictatorship does not come to pass. Within parliament there is the House of Commons and the House of Lords that have the responsibility of protecting Britain from an elective dictatorship. Within the House of Lords there are about 92 hereditary peers, which means that they are unelected. ...read more.


The House of Lords is also allowed to ask for advisors and specialists to give advice on certain topics, which gives the House of Lords a more rounded view when making decision. One example of the House of Lords preventing a member of the cabinet from going further than the limits on their powers was when the home secretary wanting to extend the sentence of the killers of Jamie Bolger and the House of Lords blocked the Home Secretary doing this because they were acting beyond their power. This shows that the Lords have the power to stop those in power from going beyond their power. Although in 1911 and 1949 laws were passed to restrict the Lords powers the lords still have got powers such as being able to over rule the government when they're trying to pass laws such as the modern day terrorist acts as the Lords rejected the laws when they came through the lords. ...read more.


When the prime minister is forming his cabinet he has got to have at least 2 members of the House of Lords the Lord's chancellor and a leader of the House of Lords. This means that members of the lords will be with the cabinet when they are trying to form new laws. This allows politicians who are not of a political party and have an excellent knowledge of politics be with the cabinet when forming these decisions and are allowed to voice their concerns about the laws within cabinet and maybe prevent the cabinet from making decisions that they shouldn't. This prevents the cabinet forming an elective dictatorship, as not everybody in the cabinet would agree with the Prime minister. The House of Lords is the highest appeal court in the country ...read more.

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