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Do we have an effective parliamentary democracy?

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Do we have an effective parliamentary democracy? In the UK system, the people vote in MPs to represent their constituency on behalf of them. Those MPs represent their party and when you vote for that candidate as your MP, you show your support to his party as well because if that candidate wins, he gets a seat in the house of commons and will tow his party line in his every day work. The party with the most seats forms the executive and the leader of the winning party then is Prime minister. So is parliamentary government effective? To answer this i need to examine the parliament's roles and how they affect the government. Different situations can make parliamentary government more or less effective. Such as an executive majority means legislative and other day to day stuff that involves debates and voting can be done much quicker where as a more balanced parliament would mean legislative would take longer to agree on. However an executive majority also means its harder to scrutinize and check and the executive has a lot of power and acts more like a dictatorship rather than a democracy. Parliament has 4 main functions. They are representation, legislation, scrutiny, forum for national debate. So how effective is parliament in carrying out these functions? ...read more.


Parliamentary questions involves backbenchers submutting oral or written questions to MPs, both questions and replies are recorded in Hansard. There is also prime minister. Even though the questions are there to scrutinize the executive, it seems to be very ineffective because the questions asked are chosen by the exective which means hard questions can be ignored and those that can be easily answered and make the executive look good are accepted and asked in the qustion time, futhermore, the Prime minister has quite a lot of time to think of answers to the questions. Question Time could be more effective if the question were on the spot and the prime minister had to answer them without being able to think too much, but until that happens, scrutiny cannot be effective and is completely ineffective in holding the executive to account and because of this the executive cannot be critiszed of its action and normal people carry on thinking the executive is great and almost untouchable. Debates can be used to scrutinize the executive too. Adjournament debates are usually used to raise general or constituncy issues where the opposition can argue with the exective over issues. There is the General on the Queen's Speech where motions are proposed by government and oppositon where the motions can conflict. ...read more.


when the executive has a majority and also a majority means legislation is passed too easily even if there is opposition inside or outside parliament and the same goes for proposals such as the Iraq War where millions of people in the UK didn't want to go to war and they were ignored which means they were completely unrepresented in the decision to go to war. Furthermore, party discipline undermines democracy and when the executive has a majority like it did in the talk about the Iraq war, even though many defected from their party and voted against the Iraq War, Party Discipline and the use of whips meant it was still decided that Great Britain would go to war. The Parliamentary system has too many flaws that make it very ineffective and it would be better if the executive could be held accountable by an independent council where the questions were random and the executive was put on the spot. Right now we have a dictatorship rather than a democracy and no one is willing to hold the executive accountable and the members of the Labour party are unwilling to drop the party line because they can't afford to lose their career and therefore they are completely unrepresentative of the people. The People of Britain can't be heard anymore, so the Parliamentary government can never be effective. Nelesh Patel ...read more.

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