"Voting is not only our right. It is our power," Loung Ung


Citizens of the United Kingdom,

What if we got to decide on how much tax we have to pay? What if we decided on how to stop pollution? What if we were a direct democracy?

Direct democracy is when paramount decisions are decided by us. The general public. Not the government. Us. The vote for Theresa May to become prime minister was done through direct democracy. None the less, before that, parliament decided and this is inadequately erroneous.

I strenuously support the motion of: All decisions that effect society, should be decided by direct democracy.

Some people believe that MPs are the unexampled people to vote on substancial decisions. This may be because we voted for them depending on their inteligence and knowledge of the world amoung us. Not with standing, MPs can make reckless decisions: they may only think what they think is right (as would any normal person). For example, a chef might ignore a customer, because they weren't being open minded for the feedback on the food they make. Therefore, they continuously cook disgusting food and continuously get bad feedback.

Would it be fair to waste the monumental amount of votes that people fought for? Died for? Linking back to our fundamental quote, voting is our power. We have to use that power. People are stopping us from doing that. There are 650 MPs in the house of commons. But there are 66.04 million people in the UK. It is not disinterested that 650 people get to vote but 66.04 million cannot. We did not vote on plastic bags to have a price and we did not vote for Brexit to be delayed.

We need to be more involved with the government. Direct Democracy gives us this advantage. As a result, more citizens would begin to care and educate themselves about important issues such as Brexit. This would be a boundless benefit of a direct democracy.

Although having the referendum to leave or stay in the EU was direct democracy, the deal was only done through parliament. Some people may acknowledge this; however, I do not. This is because the deal is a major priority of Brexit and most major things should be done through direct democracy.

One of the most prominent example of direct democracy would be Ancient Athens. They voted on significant things which would effect them as a society. So should we. Why be defiant towards the people who introduced us to voting? Voting is also a British Value. Most of us have probably voted on who we want to be part of student council. Even things that are not similar to general elections. Such as the uniform: what students want to keep and don't want to keep. Some schools let the staff decide though.

We all have freedom of speech. We all have the right to vote. It is our power. We need to use it.


Comments (2)

  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_wolf | Richmond Hill Academy | United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2019

    Well done balanced_singer . You said we all have freedom of speech right... OK but in the ancient times some people were not allowed to speak freely to other people an example.Malala
    Malala defied the rules and kept going to school. Her life was under threat and at times she had to go into hiding. Finally, at the age of 15 Malala was shot and almost killed by the Taliban on her way home from school. But Malala survived.

    The Taliban thought they could silence Malala by killing her. Instead they gave her an even stronger voice, which can now be heard all over the world. Malala is determined to continue her struggle for every child’s right to an education. She believes that education is the future, and that one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.
    But why was she not allowed to go to school was it because of her country or racism but now just thinking of this I have had a lot of questions.I am now thinking that Brexit is related to voting and then linked to thinking about people who were not allowed to vote before so also that is linked to unfair people badmouth people so yeah

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    1. The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy | United Kingdom
      outstanding_wolf's comment 01 Apr 2019

      outstanding_wolf, thank you for commenting on my final piece.

      What you have said about Malala is good evidence. However, we need to take into account that this was in ‘ancient times.’ This means that the world has evolved ever since then and that a lot more places are direct democracy’s. Also ( I’m not sure about this ) at the time that Malala was living in there weren’t many rights. And since she was from Pakistan,which is a direct democracy today but not back then, it wasn’t really fair.

      Even the example that I had given about the Ancient Athens wasn’t really that great either because the Athens didn’t include slaves, women and children in votes.

      I don’t think they let Malala go to school because back then young women were expected to stay at home and help there mothers with the house work. Also, society wasn’t very equal back then.

      So, democracy has changed over the years.

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