Questions tagged [united-kingdom]

Questions relating to the government and politics of the United Kingdom, including that of Scotland, Wales, England, and Northern Ireland.

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UK MPs being in the Armed Services

The BBC list of likely contenders for the upcoming Labour leadership bid says of Dan Jarvis: elected MP [...] having resigned his commission as a major in the Parachute Regiment to contest the seat.. ...
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What are the arguments in favor of the “first past the post” system?

With the election results in the UK election finishing up, a lot of people have pointed out that the number of seats some of the parties got in parliament is far disproportionate to their vote share. ...
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Freedom of speech in the UK versus United States of America

It is said that there is no constitutional clause ensuring the freedom of speech to UK citizens. Despite that, the press in the UK and United States have similar freedoms. How does the US contrast ...
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UK: What is the significance of Labour ruling out a confidence and supply deal with the SNP in the 2015 General Election?

Assume that Labour and the SNP collectively hold enough seats to form a majority. If Labour can make the assumption that the SNP will, of their own accord, choose not to bring down a Labour ...
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How can I research UK parties' Mental Health policies before I vote?

The mainstream media is reporting about the key issues prior to the general election on May 7th here in the UK. Key issues include Law & Order, Education, Immigration etc. But what about other ...
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Where do the Green Party and NHA differ on NHS policy?

Both the British Green Party and the National Health Action (NHA) Party stand for an end to privatisation of health service provision and support services. The NHA is a single-issue party while the ...
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What would happen if commons and lords votes on bills were made anonymous? [closed]

In the UK and other countries it is the job of the party whip to ensure that MPs vote on bills in line with party policy. This effectively means the majority party leadership decide which bills become ...
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Why would an anonymous vote have hurt John Bercow's chances of being re-elected?

On Thursday 26th March, a bill which the Tories tried to slyly get past the House on the last day of parliament was defeated. The bill would have meant that elections for the Speaker of the House ...
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Right to vote in police custody

This question is primarily regarding the situation in the UK but I suppose it applies abroad. It states on the home office website that providing you have not been found guilty of a crime you still ...
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Number of voters not registered

What is the number, and how is the answer reached, of people in UK eligible to vote who are not registered to vote?
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Why do UK government ministers not vote on backbench motions?

According to the BBC: It is convention that ministers abstain when voting takes place on a backbench MP's motion What is the history and reasoning behind this convention? Is it therefore ...
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What is Liberal Democracy?

The Liberal Democrats are a social-liberal supporting party in the United Kingdom. The third largest party in the UK is the Liberal Democrats.This is because of number of seats in the quarters of ...
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In the Commonwealth realms, who succeeds when a King dies leaving a daughter and a son in-utero?

When Queen Elizabeth II became Queen on the death of her father, she was only able to do so because she had no brothers. (Otherwise, her eldest brother would have become King, under rules still in ...
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Why is the UK Administration not separate from the house?

In the UK, the lower house of parliament is also in charge of governmental bodies, as this web page shows. Why is the UK Government/Administration and House all rolled into one entity? The head of ...
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Is the UK a republic?

Obviously not in name, but in theory. The UK is a representative democracy; its administration is elected by the people, who are recognised as citizens, not subjects, enjoying the various freedoms (...
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Does any US defense whitepaper or public policy document espouse boosting the UK's force projection or military power?

Having a regional ally with a powerful and active military may ease pressure on the US military and foreign policy objects. Does any US defense whitepaper, public policy document or party platform ...
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How can the UK Labour Party get a majority without a plurality of the popular vote?

It's often said in UK politics that the Conservatives usually require a 7 percent lead in the popular vote to gain an overall majority of seats in the House of Commons; but the Labour party can get a ...
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What is the rationale for “Employer's National Insurance” in the UK?

In the UK, there's a type of income tax called "Employer’s National Insurance". This is calculated just like the other forms of income tax and is paid by the employer directly, but the employee never ...
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Can the SNP and Plaid Cymru be accurately categorized as national socialists?

Can the SNP and Plaid Cymru be accurately categorized as national socialists ? They are nationalist parties with a left wing economic and social agenda. If this is the case how can the high level of ...
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How do parties justify a chief whip?

In the UK the major parties have a Chief Whip whose role it is keep the party members voting as the leadership want. The Chief Whip is a political office in some legislatures assigned to an ...
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Is Russia socially freer than UK? [closed]

I always thought UK is a country where there is no actual social freedom, because of mass media culture... On the other hand, Russians have got a very indulgent culture, despite of right-wing ...
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What is the real role of the queen in UK in these days? [duplicate]

What is the role in the government or social of this Queen in UK in these days?
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What are the benefits to the rest of the UK from Scottish independence?

We've read a lot about why Scottish independence would benefit Scotland and hinder the UK. I'm interested to know how Scottish independence (voting YES to devolution) will benefit the UK on a ...
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Source for Kinnock quote: 'fortunate in her enemies'

I've heard Neil Kinnock quoted many times as having said that Margaret Thatcher was 'fortunate in her enemies' (i.e. part of her success was due to her opponents, including Kinnock). However, I can't ...
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How does the British Parliamentary system handle a situation like the US budget crisis?

I assume most people are aware of the recent US budget crisis where a disagreement between House and Senate caused non-essential parts of the US government to be shut down. There is a question here ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a politically appointed vs. permanent Civil Service?

The United Kingdom1 has a permanent, and (in theory, at least) politically neutral Civil Service - although it is sometimes argued that this neutrality has been eroded in recent decades. In contrast, ...

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