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

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Does your boss have to let you vote?

If you have a job that sometimes involves travel or long high pressure days , is it legal for your boss to not allow you time off to vote? I would be interested in the situation in the UK and US.
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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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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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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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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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Do parliamentary bodies meet year-round?

I'm wondering if bodies such as the U.S. Senate, or particularly the U.K. House of Lords meet year-round, or do the Senators/Lords simply live in the capital the entire year? What about historically, ...
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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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Why does the United Kingdom still have a monarchy (of some sort)?

How has this peculiarity survived into the present day? In a democratic country where we elect our leaders what is the purpose of the monarchy? This may come across as a loaded question but it's not, ...
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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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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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Why is the East Coast railway being reprivatized?

The various private rail franchises in Britain have all had their share of difficulties. East Coast actually collapsed, and was renationalized. As a public concern, it has outperformed the private ...
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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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What does “middle class” mean in America?

In the UK the phrase "middle class" refers to a large proportion of the population who, broadly speaking, earn more money than they need to pay rent and bills, clothe themselves, eat food etc. There ...
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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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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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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 personal identification documents does the British Queen have?

What documents does the Queen use to travel abroad and to identify her personally domestically? Candidates include: A UK identity card An EU passport A diplomatic passport of a sort Any ID card ...
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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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Why is Scotland attempting to become independent?

I realize "Scotland" isn't trying to become independent; a group of politicians are trying to make Scotland independent, and a lot of people in Scotland (roughly half, depending on the poll and the ...
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What is the role of “Unite the Union” in UK politics?

I am trying to understand what is the meaning and place of "Unite the Union" in the UK. I've seen few times in the press that it is a major donor to the Labour party. Could it be possible that Unite ...
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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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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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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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UKIP: is it real major third party in UK?

Can anyone suggest some reading on what is UKIP? Questions I am looking for to answer: is It real major third party for UK? Is it projected to raise further after last weekend elections? any ...
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Is there any research relating to reform and corruption in local and small scale authorities?

I am looking for solid evidence led input on the topic of reforming and reducing corruption (or the appearance thereof) in local authorities. Ideally this would be based in the UK as this is where the ...
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Is there a US and UK equivalent of India's AFSPA act?

The Indian AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Protection Act) protects Indian soldiers from nuisance from humanitarian associations, among other benefits. Is there any US and UK equivalent law for ...
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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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What exactly does Thomas Paine mean in this line of Common Sense?

Paine first sums up the components of the English Constitution as: First. - The remains of monarchical tyranny in the person of the king Secondly. - The remains of aristocratical tyranny in ...
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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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Why do US politicians commonly refer to the UK as “Great Britain”?

The United Kingdom's full name is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Thus, technically, referring to the UK as "Great Britain" excludes Northern Ireland.
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What will Scotland's status in the EU be, assuming the Scots vote for independence?

The Scots will vote on whether Scotland should be an independent country or not, on September 18, 2014. Assuming the majority vote is for independence, will Scotland remain in the European Union ...
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Is Scotland a country?

Real simple, is Scotland a country and why/why not? There seem to be conflicting views all over the internet. Most of it seems to be personal views and opinions, I'm interested in facts. Most of ...
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Could UK Government amendment lead to fracking?

I had a discussion about this and was genuinely interested but no one could really offer any insight. I'm Interested in anyone who can tell me why Amendment 54 to the Renewables Obligation could lead ...
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How is UKIP seen in the United States and elsewhere?

I wonders whether UKIP is even known outside of Europe. UKIP is the United Kingdom Independence Party, which campaign on the right to self determination and libertarianism.
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Equivalent to government shutdown in parliamentary systems

Given the recent government shutdown in the US, there have been a lot of related questions here wondering about the possibility of it happening in the UK, Australia, and so on. In general, the ...
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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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Why did Churchill oppose Gandhi?

According to this article: http://www.kamat.com/mmgandhi/churchill.htm Churchill didn't like Gandhi. Is it true? Why he didn't like him?
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Did the British government call American revolutionaries terrorists?

Did the British government officially call American revolutionaries "terrorists" or any acts of theirs "terrorism"? If they did, was it justified under modern common-denominator definition of ...
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Why does the UK have a Queen instead of a King?

Why is that? Is it because this way you know that the blood line would be still okay or any other logical reason except for tradition?
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Is there any significant political movement in England to get rid of Monarchy?

I know that there are/were significant political movements to get rid of the Queen's rule in some former colonies and Commonwealth states (from USA in 1776 to 1980/90s in Australia - see Republic ...
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What governmental power does the Monarch hold in Great Britain in practice?

We have been led to believe that much of the power that was once held by the monarchy has been transferred to the Parliament and that the Queen is mostly a figurehead. However, the government is still ...
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How does the UK welfare system compare with other wealthy European nations?

Many citizens of the UK believe that the government are too much of a "soft touch", and that it is too easy to claim state welfare for a multitude of reasons (disability, housing, childcare, job ...
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Why doesn't the Shadow Chancellor give the UK budget response?

Why is the budget response just given by the Leader of the Opposition rather than the Shadow Chancellor, who sits next to him?
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What are the political consequences of an official apology for a governement?

Tony Blair's hate of official apology impressed me a lot after reading these articles: Tony Blair admits people are still 'very abusive' 10 years after he ... Blair urged to apologise over '...
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Has the British Monarch ever exercised their right to revoke land “ownership” rights for personal use?

As I understand the British monarchy, all land in the United Kingdom is owned by the monarch. Owners of houses and businesses and the like within the United Kingdom are merely granted the use of the ...
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What are the political reasons for a strong Euroscepticism in Britain?

Britain is fairly heavily "Eurosceptic": Within Europe overall, a positive to neutral opinion of the EU dominated, with about 46% of citizens having a positive opinion and only 16% having a ...
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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, ...