1. “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?
2. Democracy – Participation -Representation Define each of these terms. How does our political party system enable each of these to take place?
3.  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.
4.  Participation – to take part in an activity. Representation – Your ability to affect the political process. (in this political sense)
5. 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?
6. 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
7. 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.