What are the challenges of democracy?

Democracy can be a wonderful thing. It helps the ruling of the country stay fair and keep the country running effectively; however, there is some flaws in the system.

One flaw is that sometimes MP's bribe or blackmail the general public to vote for them. This means many people could be payed to vote for a certain person. Blackmail means a person could be forced with physical violence or the person blackmailing them could have incriminating evidence of them. This is a flaw as this could mean a person who is not fit to run the country may lead it. Also, if a person believes they need to bribe/blackmail people to win, they do not have enough confidence to speak up for what they think or to make deals with other countries. To add, do we really want someone leading the country that is that untrustworthy?

Another flaw is that not the whole population are allowed to vote. A total of 46.9 million people were able to vote in 2017 out of 66.02 million. For example, homeless people cannot vote as an address is required. In addition, people under the age of eighteen cannot vote because they are considered to immature to vote. Is this really the best thing to do? After all, the majority of votes are affecting the youth the most. In addition, if the whole country cannot vote, then how can we have a decision made for the whole country?

In addition, voters need to be informed about the subject they are voting on. If a person is not informed on the subject, they will just vote for whatever they have heard is right. This is bad because sometimes MP's go door-to-door to persuade people to vote for what they believe is right. Therefore, if they happen across a person who is unsure how to vote, that person will then be persuaded to vote for them ( which is not always the best route). Can we really rely on people that do not know anything about the system?

Although British democracy does have it's flaws, it is a fair way to decide who runs the country. If this system was not in place, the alternative would be that the whole country would be dictated by one person - whether it is right or wrong.

Let me know what you think.



Comments (2)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
    06 Mar 2019

    Thanks for your post! You'll notice that the 'Thinking Questions' are now on the Hub as separate posts, for everyone to add their comments to (https://www.burnetnewsclub.com/issues/brexit/the-discussion/thinking-question-what-are-benefits-and-challenges-democracy/) - please join the conversation with other people in the comments section so you can see what other people think, and get some replies!

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg spirited_penguin | Ormiston Bushfield Academy A | United Kingdom
    06 Mar 2019

    I think that Brexit has disregarded democracy completely. Our country is not a good example of 'listening to the people' now, because parliament want a second referendum. This shows that the parliament are obviously very biased and want the UK to vote 'remain'. The fact that we have voted leave made David Cameron leave being PM as he wants to get his own way. Parliament now are talking about a second referendum because they aren't happy that we have voted this way. This is completely ignoring the idea of democracy as they have tried to persuade the public almost to vote remain, so now they know that if they have this second referendum, it would result in us remaining. This is very barbaric as the people who voted leave are being denied of their voice and opinion which is crushing democracy in this country.

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