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The House of Commons

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The House of Commons To be a watchdog in the House of Commons means that MP’s are vigilant and they scrutinise the executive effectively, However to be a lapdog in the House of Commons means the MP’s are loyal and obedient to their party and its leaders in the hope of promotion prospects. The House Of Commons is made up of 646 MPs who are elected to represent individual constituencies. The effect of this is that MP’s tend to be elected and re-elected by serving the interest of the majority within each constituency, however this tends to ignore the fact that all constituencies contain minorities of some kind i.e. racial, religion, class etc. who’s interests tend to be ignored. The house of commons is responsible for scrutinising the activities of the British government, this is to examine weather the government has exceed its authority or abuse its power, this demonstrate the fact that the house of common can be described as a watchdog carrying out scrutiny on the government. However the problem is that Britain’s unwritten constitution means that the limits of the government’s power is not explicit, but as a matter of interpretation. Which always turns out to be in favour of the government e.g. the fact that all members of the British government are drawn from the legislature means that there is conflict of interest between parl and govt. There is widespread ‘careerism’ among MP’s whereby they quickly realises that if they want to make a difference then they need to have a degree of political power. However this can only achieved as a member of the gove... ... middle of paper ... ...sector in the public services e.g. water taxes and also the war in Iraq. However the house of commons can be describe as being a watchdog, due (PMB's) are introduced and promoted by backbench MP's. They take up approximately 10% of Parliamentary time, and are held on twelve Fridays in each session. The majority of PMB's fail, due to the lack of time available. In reality, the MP needs the government support to pass a Bill. PMS's are prone to filibustering, although there have examples of success in the 1960's reforms to law on abortion and homosexuality. In 1994, a PMB influenced the government to lower the age of consent for homosexuals to 18, this prove that not all the mp’s can be described as being loyalty and obedient to some stand up for what they believe in and the house of common can then be called a watchdog.
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