Is it time for a general election in the UK?

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If you did this lesson in class, you would have discussed the BIG QUESTION for ‘UK politics'

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This topic’s BIG QUESTION is:

Is it time for a general election in the UK?


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  • champion_camel | St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High school | Uganda 09 Nov 2022

    Is it time for a general election in the UK?
    Yes, it is time for a general election in the UK...the current prime minister of the UK is Rishi Sunak who apparently won the contest to become prime minister without making a single speech about policy and has been flagged for backing the independence of the Bank of England. And I think the UK needs a leader who's going to deal with any circumstances including the crisis in public finances, political infighting and to be honest the UK needs a leader that's going to unite the country as well as place economic stability.

  • idealistic_song | St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High school | Uganda 09 Nov 2022

    In my opinion, I know that democracy is the best decision but I think that Rishi Sunak who was appointed to be the Prime Minister should first be given a chance to rule as a prime minister to see whether he can do a lot for the country or make some developments. But if he fails to manage that post then they can hold the general elections but for now I say that it is not yet time for a general election in the UK.

  • daring_cherry | St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High school | Uganda 09 Nov 2022

    Is it time for a general election in the UK?
    Given the political instability in UK whereby Liz Truss even had to resign so fast,i think the people of the UK are puzzled and need explanations about all this.As a person who believes in democracy of all,i would say its time for the people to choose their own leaders so as they could put their personal opinions to practice.A general election would preety much some it up cause this way the people would be able to make political dicisions to drive their country forward unlike a monarch where everything and all power lies in the hands of a few.

  • best_groundhog | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 10 Nov 2022

    It is very necessary to resort to general elections, to present the candidates with their plans to face the challenges and to choose the best candidates to help the body of the United Kingdom from challenges and conditions that are almost like a disease that is ravaging it. Elections are the medicine that heals the country from its economic, political and even social setbacks.. Elections first

  • joyous_guitar | St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High school | Uganda 10 Nov 2022

    First and foremost I feel like the current Prime Minister should be given a chance and sometime to rule in case he made any mistake he can correct it and he might govern the UK well. Plus everyone should be given a chance to do something they were chosen for. So until he messes up big time I feel like there shouldn't be a general election until then.

  • digital_pigeon | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 11 Nov 2022

    Yes, it is time for elections because I notice that everyone does what they like after Queen Elizabeth, Rishi Sunak is a very big mess in the United Kingdom of Britain and must be replaced

  • imaginative_badger | Lyons Hall Primary School A | United Kingdom 11 Nov 2022

    i think we should be able to vote for a prime minister i personally want boris back rishi sunak is a good man but i feel like we should all be able to vote liz truss 45 days thats all i just dont want rishi sunak to be like liz thats all i just want boris back as the prime minister for the UK do you think we should be able to vote?

  • giving_mood | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 11 Nov 2022

    Yes, the time for elections has come, because the current situation in the United Kingdom needs administrative organization and also saving costs, and also because there are many creative people who deserve to enter these elections, and also at this time we need a lot of changes that benefit us, and because in this period there were a lot of problems between Society, institutions and a lot of that, so elections must take place at this time in order for the state to be organized

  • inventive_night | Lyons Hall Primary School C | United Kingdom 11 Nov 2022

    Yes the people know what they want and when they want it so if they want to do an election then I think we should an election for politicians for the future if we want a new prime minister we can decide who we want and if they are good then they will make good decisions for our country’s.

  • cultured_gazelle | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 12 Nov 2022

    Is it time for a general eclection in the UK?
    I think that the situation in Britain has become worse and worse than before. It has become a place where chaos prevails as citizens started to take all their decisions, especially after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Therefore, elections should be held in the United Kingdom without wasting more time. The United Kingdom used to be full of peace, security, and contenment, and it should come back as it used to be.

  • outspoken_knowledge | St. Andrew Kaggwa Gombe High school | Uganda 12 Nov 2022

    I think that democracy is one of the things that are considered in the new era so UK is still keeping the democracy habit behind in the country and the way Rishi Sunak got appointed was not a democratic but it is actually more of a dictatorial way of governing so Rishi Sunak got chosen because he was the leader of the conservative party so he was chosen just like that so this is not a democratic way of choosing leaders so i think the UK should have a general election on such posts cause the top posts are hereditary so I think since other posts are crucial in there leadership they should have general elections on them. The way they choose the prime minister is so undemocratic because if a political party wins as the over roll party but when its leaders can't hold up or mange the post and the one from another political party can handle it well they will have no say so they will go with the one who is incapable no offense just giving examples. In conclusion th UK needs a general election.

  • free_snail | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 13 Nov 2022

    With bees, there is a queen who manages their affairs so that everything does not mix with each other, and everyone remains organized

    This is how countries must have a president or president who is able to govern and organize them. The candidates must show all their opinions, ideas, and political and economic plans so that the elected can choose the good president, especially in this period, because there are many problems that need solutions In countries such as the food crisis, decisions must be taken about it, and help the country change for the better and take the place of Queen Elizabeth, take her laws and develop them (change them for the better)

  • remarkable_peach | Mayflower Centre | Romania 14 Nov 2022

    I think this was an interesting topic as we were not aware of how different the UK system is. In my opinion, this is a moral issue rather than legal. The fact that the UK has had so many prime ministers in such a short time is not illegal. But the question is if the current prime minister has the moral obligation to organise a general election. Some people will argue that he does, because he was elected by a handful of people and even then he wasn't their first choice, he was the last resort after the previous prime minister resigned. Others will say that the UK is in a crisis as it is - just like the shipwreck cartoon shows - and a general election will only make things worse. And who's to say that another party will win anyway? And if it doesn't, it will be a waste of time and money. I think the current prime minister should be allowed to do his job and his party should support him, as these are very difficult times.

  • glorious_philosophy | Govt. Comprehensive Boys High School | Pakistan 14 Nov 2022

    I think that this is the time when general election are needed in UK because the economy of UK is going down day by day, and there is not a single person who can stabilize it as we see that before some time UK is the fifth super power but now it's the seventh super power.So,I think that this is the time for general election in UK.
    THANK YOU.

  • sensible_impression | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 14 Nov 2022

    I think that general elections should be held in Britain because the current prime minister came by acclamation and from my point of view that first of all the electoral system in the United Kingdom must be changed so that the choice of the prime minister is through direct election by the people and not by members of Parliament. The most honest and clear. In Parliament, the prime minister is chosen by the parties that make up Parliament, which are often combined with partisan and personal interests.

  • poetic_banana | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 15 Nov 2022

    Is it time for a general election in the UK? I think yes, it is time for elections because the UK is getting worse and there are problems between society and institutions and a lot of that and also to choose a better president who can develop the UK and make it better before.

  • inspirational_forest | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria 15 Nov 2022

    In every government there is a method that works for them and if the UK feel that the electoral method is best then it is fine and good but on the other hand citizens have a right to be heard and the method employed does not really do that, so what if the government and citizens come to an agreement that allows both systems to work maybe this year the election would be done using the electoral method and the next using general elections.

  • quickwitted_tamarind | Cheam Fields Primary Academy | United Kingdom 16 Nov 2022

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    I believe it is time for a general election in the UK. This country is democratic, the public are allowed to make their voices heard and have the right to vote. I think that it is not only up to parliament to make our choices but the people too. If the people disagree with him, they should speak out against it. With the cost of living going up, we don't just need a stable government, we need a government that the people agree with and trust. If we do not agree with him, we cannot trust his decisions, yet he, as prime minister, is the one leading us through the cost of living.

    Also, if the next general election is to happen in 2015, then it is likely that Rishi Sunak will be voted out. I think this because the people want a general election, and 2015 is approximately 2 years away. If Rishi Sunak does call the election early, he could win some favour with people for doing this. Depending on the date it is, he may even be able to influence others in a better way with decisions.

    A way to find a stable government is by them having a good prime minister to lead them. So, the best way to do this is to have a general election, that way the people can voice their thoughts too.

  • majestic_boysenberry | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 17 Nov 2022

    As we have seen in the previous topics, the new Prime Minister is Sunak, and that the people of the United Kingdom suffer from the high cost of living, and some believe that it is not easy to qualify Sunak for such a responsibility, and we also saw the expression of the artist Cal in his drawing about the state of the United Kingdom and its political instability, so it would be right to hold elections general and the election of a president who is acceptable to the people and is satisfied with his rule

  • lovable_politics | Ormiston Bushfield Academy | United Kingdom 18 Nov 2022

    I don't think it is time for a general election because Rishi Sunak (The first Asian PM) hasn't had time to make an impact on our government or opinions, yet people are still calling for a general election after having the job for less than a month. The requests for a general election started shortly after Liz Truss (The third female PM) was given the role of Prime Minister and continued after Rishi Sunak was appointed. It is clear that the pressure from the country affected Liz Truss, as she quit after less than two months. These constant demand for a general election was not as prominent when Boris Johnson was PM, although people wanted him out of the position of power, the news didn't highlight the demand for resignation until the vote of no confidence and resignation from other MPs. This is why I believe there shouldn't be a general election right now.

  • earnest_tsunami | Ormiston Bushfield Academy | United Kingdom 18 Nov 2022

    Is it time for a general election in the UK?
    No, as to ensure the integrity of the UK politics system we need to ensure the public can trust parties to take the correct decisions as and when issues arise. As of right now, we have extremely high inflation rates and a rising cost of living, and these issues and best be solved through typical Conservative actions such as austerity measures. Reducig government spending will ensure that this capital can be set aside to aid the families and households most at need, and ensure we cap energy and other dramatically rising bills.
    It can be argued that Conservatives increasing taxes makes the issue worse, however taxes are raised due to historically high national debt arguably caused by Labours extensive public spending, and this high taxation is a necessity to ensure the future of the UK economy. The new legislation formulated by Jeremy Hunt will be taxing the 'rich' more ensuring that lower earners are dragged further into this extensive cost of living spiral. This will ensure that public debt decreases overtime and doesn't hugely damage public spending as it already is very low. Despite your political beliefs and personal agendas, the Conversatives for our current economic state can best manage and better the UK economy through increased taxation and austerity measures, despite them being bad on a personal and short-term level, they are extremely beneficial for the future of the UK economy and our livelihoods.

  • strong_orca | Lyons Hall Primary School C | United Kingdom 25 Nov 2022

    i think it is time for a general election we have not had one in a bit i think we should

  • diplomatic_dog | Lyons Hall Primary School B | United Kingdom 25 Nov 2022

    I think we should wait and see if Rishi Sunak is a good leader for Britain before starting a general election because I have a feeling he will make some good things happen and we should give everyone a chance.

  • persistent_weasel | Lyons Hall Primary School D | United Kingdom 25 Nov 2022

    I believe it’s time for a general election as we keep on changing and changing our prime minister without the people in the uk having there thoughts on what prime minister they want. Some times we are flying the prime ministers in on airplanes also affecting the climate so if we keep changing prime ministers from a different country’s we are going to make our climate worse. Personally I don’t think everyone’s happy with Rishi Sunak being prime minister but some people will.

  • reflective_journalist | Rafah Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory 26 Nov 2022

    I think it's time for a general election in the UK. This country is democratic, it allows the public to make their voices heard and they have the right to vote. I believe that it is not only up to Parliament to make our choices, but also to the people. And if people disagree with him, they will be vocal about it. With the cost of living rising, we need not only a stable government, we need a government that people agree with and trust. If we do not agree with him, we cannot trust his decisions, and yet it is he, as Prime Minister, who leads us through the cost of living. Also, if the next general election is to take place in 2015, Rishi Sunak will likely be voted out. I think it's because people want a general election, and 2015 is almost two years away. If Rishi Sunak calls for early elections, he can gain some support from the people for doing so. Depending on the date, he may be able to influence others in a better way through decisions. One way to create a stable government is to have a good prime minister to lead it. So, the best way to do that is to have a general election, that way people can express their ideas as well.

  • illuminated_llama | Cheam Fields Primary Academy | United Kingdom 28 Nov 2022

    I think that there should be a general election since the past few prime minister have been nightmares. Also I think if Rishi Sunak is like the prime ministers before then the royalty or the public or public should protest for a general election since the Torys would have proven themselves silly and unwothey.

  • ingenious_date | Lyons Hall Primary School D | United Kingdom 29 Nov 2022

    It is crazy on how quick liz resigned! We need a PM who will stay.

  • flowing_information | Lyons Hall Primary School E | United Kingdom 02 Dec 2022

    Is it time for a general election in the UK?

    Yes. I think its time for a general election because at the moment we are having trouble with having the right person to fix are big problems. I think its time for the public to vote for who they think should lead their country after the dramatic resigning of Liz Truss.

  • gutsy_elephant | Lyons Hall Primary School E | United Kingdom 02 Dec 2022

    I think is it time for a general election!
    are current prime minister is Rishi Sunak but he got in with out make a single speech I think is a general election

  • highspirited_world | Ormiston Bushfield Academy | United Kingdom 07 Dec 2022

    Is it time for a general election?
    Yes, I think that it is time for a general election in the Uk. However even though I think one is due, it should not take place until 2024.
    Many people were irritated by the choice of the conservative party made when Boris Johnson resigned (keeping it an in-party vote) as a large majority of people believed that it should have gone to a general election. To me, that just wouldn't have been the correct option. Back in 2019, the conservative party won the vote with 365 seats (the next closest party being labor with 202 seats) securing a noticeable win in the vote. This means that they were intitled to their 5 years in government. So why would they go to a general election? Simply because the public are voicing how their policies simply are not helping those who really need it.
    To justify the issues that the conservative party is going through (though some of their ideology can be out of place), they did have to lead the country through one of the most difficult issues in current times, the global pandemic. This evidently threw them off massively as no one knew just how hard it was going to hit and what impact it would inevitably have. The party had to make the most effective moves possible that many wouldn't agree with. Lots of 'scandals' and drama has occurred in the 3 years so far, which has arguable given a bad name to the party and questions on the formality of them leading the country.
    Many people continue to edge for a general election, simply because the conservatives are not meeting the needs of the people. The economic crisis is not being helped to the level people need, they feel let down by our government. They are often represented (by their actions) to not care about how their new regulations affect every single person on an economic and social scale. With their own personal issues affecting the governments social status - making them appear almost as a joke. The public need someone not only who will solve their issues, but a government they can also trust. The public deserve to use their voices.
    However, this highlights that the public did have a voice and with it they voted in the conservatives. Could it have been a 'mistake' they are realizing now that their vote is hurting them (let that be financially or in other ways), even so, they cannot fully blame the conservatives. Despite them creating issues to begin with. Simply because the majority voted them in. This does not mean however, that people cannot voice their opinions on how certain issues are being tackled by the party. The public will always have a voice. But their votes can have a lasting impact.

    To me, this shows that the conservative party is owed their 5 years in the parliament building as they deservingly won the last general election. But this does not mean the public cannot speak out about what they think the conservatives need to focus on and fix. So, for me, I would think that a general election is needed due to the current state of our government however, I also believe that the conservative party should be able to serve the 5 years they were guaranteed in 2019 despite the issues that have occurred.