All About Parliament
How do people express their views about politics?
There are lots of ways in which people express their views about politics:-
- Signing a petition
- Writing a letter to the newspapers
- Putting comments on blogs
- Talking to friends and family
- Joining a demonstration
- Answer questions in an opinion poll
- Shouting at members of the panel that they don’t agree with on BBC Question Time
One of these is voting in elections and voting in elections for Members of Parliament is especially important because:-
- There is a vital link between who gets elected to Parliament and who runs our Government. The Prime Minister and other Ministers have to maintain support of a majority of MPs in most votes that take place in the House of Commons
- Parliament has a legal dominance in our system which exceeds that of most other Parliaments, even the US Congress. Parliament creates laws and cannot be overruled by anyone else, although when Parliament passed the European Communities Act, 1972 EU law was given equal status in the UK. Britain does not have a written constitution to define the power of Parliament but the doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty is accepted as part of our unwritten constitution. This means that once laws have been passed by Parliament then the courts will only interpret what they say when they use them to judge cases. They cannot declare laws to be unconstitutional. It also means that laws are not permanent but can be overturned by any future Parliament.