Constitutional Assignment on Democracy


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Assignment question
In a democracy such as ours, parliament cannot ultimately afford to defy the opinion of the electorate or even of major interest groups. Political powers can be maintained by consultation and persuasion, not by coercion. It is often said that either the government and hence parliament must persuade the people or must be persuaded by them.

Discuss the extent to which the above statement is valid with regard to the working of the U.K. constitution.

“My notion of democracy is that under it, the weakest should have the same opportunity as the strongest…
No country in the world today shows any but patronizing regard for the weak…
Western democracy, as it functions today, is diluted fascism…
True democracy cannot be worked by twenty men sitting at the centre.
It has to be worked from below by the people of every village.”
-Mahatma Gandhi-

        Numerous issues have been raised due to defying the public opinion and how public opinion has persuaded the ruling system of United Kingdom. Firstly, the significance of democracy, rule of law, good governance and Bill of Rights in United Kingdom will be discussed. Secondly the role of pressure groups, free media and political parties in creating awareness of the happening in the political system will be elaborated and the importance of public opinion in a political system will be explained with current examples. Finally my assignment will conclude the validity of the statement with regard to the United Kingdom constitution.
                  The notion that modern British is a democratic country is perhaps a contemporary example of a ‘self-evident truth’:the point is so obvious that a few observers would ever feel a need to question it. But if we dig beneath the surface of such a widely held assumption, we may find   that...