The benefits of democracy.

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1. Your views are taken into account when making laws and deciding leaders.

2. It's fairer than having one leader who decides everything.

3. It helps protect us from leaders who are blinded by self interest.

4. There is less fighting over who is leader because it is decided by vote.

5. Anyone over 18 is allowed to vote or stand for parliament and therefore represent ordinary people's views.

6. It makes us feel part of one big family because you get to use your own voice and people are happier about decisions that are made (maybe not Brexit!).

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
    26 Feb 2019

    This list makes it easy to see your different reasons, well done! Do these always happen in a democracy?

    Can you pick one of your benefits and give an example with facts where this hasn't happened.

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    1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
      Tiff @ the BNC's comment 26 Feb 2019

      I know i'm not magical_passionfruit, but I decided to answer the question anyway.
      4. There is less fighting over who is leader because it is decided by vote.
      I decided to talk about number four. Okay, so this goes all the way back to 1066 (i'm going to try and explain what happened briefly). The king of England had died and he had no heir to the throne. So three main people wanted the throne, and they kept trying to kill each other. Then there was the battle of Hastings. One of them survived it, but when he went back to England he wasn't actually king so the people were having riots and fights over who was the true leader. However, there is a weakness in my answer because there wasn't an actual vote involved. So I looked for something else. I hope that wasn't too confusing.
      Members of parliament had decided that they wanted Theresa May as their new leader owing to the fact that David Cameron has resigned. There was a problem though, May wasn't elected by the UK so loads of people were really angry with this. So eventually a general election had to take place to decide the new prime minister. This one was in the twenty-first century.

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      1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
        balanced_singer's comment 27 Feb 2019

        We invite any BNC members to answer questions!
        You've shown curiosity and healthy scepticism here. Your research on 1066 tells us that the UK wasn't always a democracy which is important to know and you rightly questioned if this was the best example you could find.

        In the UK, the public don't vote specifically for a Prime Minister, but instead vote for a local MP in their area to represent them in parliament.

        A party has a 'leader' who is also an MP and if their party have the most MPs voted in, then that leader becomes the PM. It's sometimes called a 'first amongst equals' system. But you're right, members of the public often call for a general election if that leader changes during a government's term.

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  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg plucky_yuzu | Bruntcliffe Academy
    26 Feb 2019

    This list is quick and easy to read and very understandable.It also gives you lots on information on laws, democracy and about the youth over 18 can be part of the parliament.

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