The Constitutional Monarchy in Britain
Royalists versus republicans; It is an age old debate and one that
perhaps will never be solved, however I will attempt to untangle the
arguments and make my own mind up. Many say that the monarchy is
outdated and it is true to say that the world into which the Queen
Mother was born did not have aeroplanes, computers or nuclear
missiles. In the 100 years of her life, there have been two world wars
and The British Empire, which once ruled the world, has now been
reduced to a few islands in the Pacific and the Caribbean. So surely,
some might say, because of all the changes the monarchy is now an
outdated system that we no longer want nor need.
American documents and treaties signify the ideals this country was founded upon and how deep those ideals were expected to impact the very posterity of this nation. The United States’ Constitution is one of the most important documents in American history, as it serves as the nexus of what this government should do, how it should preserve the ethical framework of said government, and how to maintain a just relationship between differing parts of the government. Based on the history leading up to our Constitution, where a break from an unjust monarchy led to a revolution and eventual independent rule, one can fully fathom how and why it was the first of its kind and how this document served as a template for other nations to follow. Despite the rich history and praise of the U.S. Constitution, there lay gaps that sometimes cannot adhere to the paradigms that shift throughout time. There is a resounding question, as to whether or not the Constitution is fully serving its citizens today, and whether the American government could use another paradigm shift towards Parliamentary rule.
The Two Party System of UK
It has often been said that the United Kingdom possesses a two party
political system. However, any balanced argument on this issue must
take into account both the differing perspectives from which this
subject can be viewed and the time period which is being evaluated.
The two party theory is not universally accepted and many people argue
that the UK can best be described as a multi party, dominant party or
even a two and a half or three party system, depending on how the
subject is approached.
The most commonly held view is that Britain is a two party system.
The House of Commons
‘The House of Commons most important function is to participate in the
law making process’ Give arguments for and against this view
Parliament is described as the ‘legislature’; this suggests its main
role is to make laws. However, the legislative procedure process is a
relatively small part of its functions. The House of Commons, in
particular, plays a much wider role in the British political system
than the term ‘legislature’ suggests. There are many different
functions undertaken by the House of Commons.
The House of Commons plays an important role in law making; they do
not legislate, however, they can put forward bills to the House of
The Supremity of the UK Parliament
The idea of parliamentary sovereignty is that Parliament (or strictly,
the Queen in Parliament) can make or unmake any law on any subject
whatever, without any legal restriction. This idea was generally
accepted as reality a hundred years ago, or even fifty years ago, but
there must now be some doubt as to its truth. Parliament is certainly
restricted by the UK's membership of the European Union, and other
international treaties such as the European Convention on Human Rights
may also have put some limits on its freedom to legislate.
Nevertheless, the powers of Parliament are undoubtedly considerable.
The British public’s view on the monarchy has changed tremendously over the past two centuries. Because of this, the monarchy’s social and political roles have been steadily declining. The reasons behind this are the Great Reform Bill of 1832, growing political parties, and the actions of the Royal Family.
There is a definite need for Congress in the United States. It serves
such as making laws, implementing national policy and watching over the other
branches of government. These are just a few of the duties of our U.S.
Although they are essential to our government, there are potential problems.
The Effectiveness of the House of Commons as a Check on the Executive
What is meant by the effectiveness of the commons check on the
executive is basically, how able is the house of commons to prevent
the Government (executive) from getting its own way or forcing its
will upon the people of Britain. In theory the commons level of
effectiveness is constant as each Member of Parliament has an opinion
on every bill or motion that is put forward that is based on
conscience. This is not practicable, however, as the party system and
the party whips change this. The whips tell MPs which way to vote and
can impose sanctions upon those MPs who rebel against the government.
THE SEARCH FOR TRUE REPRESENTATION
A Contrasting view on the American Presidential System & British Parliamentary System
Within the realm of the political world, scholars of political science have researched and studied many different Democratic governments. Testing and analyzing many different factor from by which one can accurately describe their overall effectiveness with respect to maintaining the very precept of promoting Democracy. The goal of this essay will be to compare both the British parliamentary system with the American Presidential system. It would only be fair to compare our current Democratic government to that of our former colonizers, whose parliamentary system, is a form of government we have borrow many great influences from.
The doctrine of parliament sovereignty has been identified as the core principle of the British’s uncodified constitution. This doctrine is mainly regarding the relationship of the Parliament and the courts. This doctrine states that Parliament has unlimited legal power to enact any law and that it cannot be overridden by any other body.