“Discuss the view that politicalparties are essential to thedemocratic process”. (30)How do political parties add to thedemocratic process?Devolution – does this add to thedemocratic process?
Democracy – Participation -Representation Define each of these terms. How does our political party system enable each of these to take place?
Democracy - is a political form of government in which governing power is derived from the people, either by direct referendum, or by means of elected representatives of the people.
Participation – to take part in an activity. Representation – Your ability to affect the political process. (in this political sense)
What choice is there for people totake part? For each of these people find a party that can cater for there needs. Say how effective each party has been in elections. An environmentalist? A communist? An extreme Nationalist? A Unionist in Northern Ireland? A Non conformist? A Church man/woman?
What can you do if there is noparty for you? Martin Bell Stood against Neil Hamilton & Tory “Sleeze” in 1997."Does the Prime Minister agree that the perception of wrong-doing can be as damaging to public confidence as the wrong- doing itself? Have we slain one dragon only to have another take its place, with a red rose in its mouth?"first successful independent parliamentary candidate since 1951
Therefore…are political parties“essential” to the democratic process? Partly yes… Partly No… Examples of different Examples of parties and variety of independent them. candidates. Do they help you to They have nothing to participate in the do with parties… Democratic process? Could mention the main political parties as well.