Lessons 1 & 2: Politics


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Lessons 1 & 2: Politics

  1. 1. Politics by TEFLideas Lesson 1: Systems of Government Lesson 2: Debate on Social Order
  2. 2. Famous Quotes teflideas.com
  3. 3. Power has only one duty - to secure the social welfare of the People. ~ Benjamin Disraeli, British PM from 1874 to 1880 In War you can only be killed once, but in politics, many times. ~ Winston Churchill, British PM from 1940 -1945 and 1951-55 Sir, I disapprove of what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it. ~ Voltaire, French philosopher 1694 -1778 Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. ~ William Pitt, British PM 1783 to 1801 teflideas.com
  4. 4. Seven Questions teflideas.com
  5. 5. 1. What is a republic? teflideas.com
  6. 6. 2. How is Great Britain different to a republic? teflideas.com
  7. 7. 3. What does the word democracy mean? teflideas.com
  8. 8. 4. What does liberal and conservative mean? teflideas.com
  9. 9. 5. What does left wing and right wing mean? teflideas.com
  10. 10. 6. What is the first responsibility of a government? Defence or fixing poverty? teflideas.com
  11. 11. 7. What are the other responsibilities of a government? teflideas.com
  12. 12. Definitions of Government teflideas.com
  13. 13. Rule by a person who inherited the role and expects to pass rule to his/her child (heir) Monarchy teflideas.com
  14. 14. Rule by an individual who has total power over the country Dictatorship teflideas.com
  15. 15. A lack of government Anarchy teflideas.com
  16. 16. An old system where people were born with a permanent position in society Feudalism teflideas.com
  17. 17. Rule by a religious elite Theocracy teflideas.com
  18. 18. Rule by a small group of people who share similar interests Oligarchy teflideas.com
  19. 19. Rule where the people as a whole hold power Democracy teflideas.com
  20. 20. A country with several independent regions Federation teflideas.com
  21. 21. A government advised by unelected experts, scientists of engineers Technocracy teflideas.com
  22. 22. A system often led by a dictator where the upper classes suppress the lower classes and emphasise aggressive nationalism and racism Fascism teflideas.com
  23. 23. The Taboo Game Describe the word in red But don’t use any of the words on the card teflideas.com
  24. 24. Spin & Soundbites liberation of Iraq developing country social justice collateral damage fiscal restraint read my lips, no new taxes teflideas.com
  25. 25. Prime Minister’s Questions teflideas.com
  26. 26. Weak, Weak, Weak http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpZhugomNJE teflideas.com
  27. 27. Stalin to Mr Bean http://youtube.com/watch?v=P9ZErdQy96U teflideas.com
  28. 28. Blair on Iraq http://youtube.com/watch?v=4PnSgEjX3I8 teflideas.com
  29. 29. Order… Order http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpVycRpa2L8 teflideas.com
  30. 30. The Iron Lady Says No http://youtube.com/watch?v=U2f8nYMCO2I teflideas.com
  31. 31. Debate teflideas.com
  32. 32. Today’s Question “In a civilised society, one must always have people above to be obeyed and people below to be commanded.” teflideas.com Is this statement true?
  33. 33. The Elite A group of people with: Outstanding abilities, intellect & wealth teflideas.com But, do their views carry more weight than everyone else’s? Do their views benefit society as a whole?
  34. 34. Egalitarianism Supports: — Affirmative action — Social security — Luxury taxes — High taxes for the wealthy teflideas.com This reduces the power gap between the elite and the ordinary.
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  36. 36. Tall poppies must be cut down teflideas.com What does this mean? Is this idea fair?
  37. 37. Functional Phrases That's absurd That’s pretty small beer They don’t like it, Mr. Speaker This is the rebuttal to the Conservatives It’s self-evidently nonsense You are damaging your credibility teflideas.com
  38. 38. The Argument teflideas.com
  39. 39. Let’s take it to a vote teflideas.com Those in favours say “Aye!” Those against say “No!”
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