What are the benefits and challenges of democracy?

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What are the benefits and challenges of democracy?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg crafty_brain | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    25 Feb 2019

    to share your ideas and challenges for people to descover why

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    1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg reasoning_lemon | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
      crafty_brain's comment 01 Mar 2019

      BECAUSE WE ARE SEE HOW MUCH WE LOVE SPEAK OUT TO SAY ABOUT DEMOCRACY.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg eager_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    25 Feb 2019

    I think the best thing about a democracy is that everyone gets a chance to change things. I think the challenges of a democracy is to get everyone to vote because some people don't bother because they think they can't change things.

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    25 Feb 2019

    The challenges of democracy are that we wouldn't know why the nation wants something. Because, on the ballot paper we can't just write a whole paragraph on why we want something and what else we want from it. This is the opposite of what voting should be: a quick and efficient way of having your say. Also, democracy isn't the best way to run a country because the country may choose bad things. The benefits of democracy are that it's a quick and efficient way to have your say. Also, you get to see what the majority wants, not just one person. Furthermore, a lot of people are allowed to do it ( other than under eighteens ).

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_singer | The Ruth Gorse Academy
    25 Feb 2019

    My post and my star has gone! The post is not on the 'my posts page' and I'm back to nine stars when I had got ten. Is this just an error? Or should I be worried?

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      balanced_singer's comment 25 Feb 2019

      I made a mistake as I am not very good at websites! Sorry, it should now be rectified.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_wolf | Richmond Hill Academy
    25 Feb 2019

    The three main challenges are the foundational challenge, the challenge of expansion, and the challenge of deepening of democracy. The challenge of expansion involves applying the basic principle of democratic government across all the religions, different social groups, and various institutions.A direct democracy is one in which the people vote on policy, except on emergency situations which cannot wait for a vote. That has never existed anywhere. The so-called democracy of ancient Athens was actually an oligarchy of free men that disenfranchised women and a large number of slaves, i.e., the majority of the people.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      outstanding_wolf's comment 25 Feb 2019

      Do you think you can explain this entirely in your own words?

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        1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg receptive_computer | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
          outstanding_wolf's comment 01 Mar 2019

          yes but why you need to exclaim otherwise people wouldn't know why

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        2. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg receptive_computer | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
          outstanding_wolf's comment 01 Mar 2019

          i mean you need to explain otherwise people wouldn't know what your talking about

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg clever_starfish | Upton Cross Primary School A
    26 Feb 2019

    A benefit of democracy is that we can give our opinion about what we believe and what we disagree with. Democracy gives us freedom to express ourselves in a different way. For example, someone could give their opinion about Brexit and what they think should happen next. Democracy can also reach us young minds how to challenge or agree with people and it helps us when were older to make it easy to come to a big desicion and it also grows our confidence on letting the people decide what they believe is right for them(this is how we'd benefit learning).
    One of the challenges of democracy are the people who always challenge. In each motion, there is always the opposition, and the proposition they are the sides that disagree and agree. There would always be those difficult debates on what to choose and why. Sometimes it's hard because people can be good at convincing and make you think from time to time what's the real right thing to do. But in democracy, people have the right to say what they believe. So people believe what they want to. They go for what they may think is right. People will always disagree but there's no right or wrong answer. That's what can make democracy hard sometimes.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      clever_starfish's comment 27 Feb 2019

      Excellent open-mindedness here clever_starfish! You've thought about different perspectives on democracy.

      You say "people can be good at convincing". Can you give an example from history where people have been convinced to do things, or vote a certain way, by persuasive people and it wasn't the right thing to do?

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      1. St-Barnabas-logo-250x250.jpg elated_parrot | St Barnabas C of E Primary School
        Tiff @ the BNC's comment 27 Feb 2019

        I can think of 3 in the Bible.
        In the Bible one of the first stories is what Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit. The convincer in this story is the snake who pursuaded them to eat the fruit. You can think of some people like the ' snake ' of real-life situations.
        My other pursuader that's in the Bible is Angel Gabriel in the new testament at the very start. At first, Mary is very scared at having the baby of God but is eventually pursuader by Gabriel.
        Another one is Mary herself. At first, Joseph is angry with Mary because he thinks that Mary has someone else's baby. In the end Joseph accepts that she has the son of God and cares for Jesus as if he is his own son.

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  • The-Morley-logo-250x250.jpg accomplished_horse | The Morley Academy
    27 Feb 2019

    One major disadvantage of the democratic system is that it’s hard to be democratic. For example, the UK uses a voting system called First Past The Post or FPTP, it’s unbelievable undemocratic. You can get 20% of the vote and still win an election.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      accomplished_horse's comment 27 Feb 2019

      Can anyone explain the FPTP system?

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      1. The-Morley-logo-250x250.jpg accomplished_horse | The Morley Academy
        Tiff @ the BNC's comment 27 Feb 2019

        The FPTP system is the simplest democratic system, whoever gets the most votes wins. Though the way this can backfire, if, say, there are five candidates in an election - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 1, 2, 3, and 4 get 19% each. 5 gets 25%, yet in FPTP, candidate 5 wins, but 75% of the population didn't vote for him. This is a rare scenario, but it can happen, in the 2015 UK general election, the Conservatives gained 49% of the vote, but won 51% of the seats, and essentially 100% of the control.

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  • The-Morley-logo-250x250.jpg healthy_musician | The Morley Academy
    27 Feb 2019

    Within our modern world, especially within western countries, democracy is a key fundamental part of our society, it makes us into who we are! Democracy is one of our most important Modern British Values as it lets us 'the people' (derived from the term 'demos') have our voice heard through our own choice of elective representatives that we chose. We have our own say about how we want our country to be ruled and who has the power to reside over it (relating to the term 'kratia'). Along with this, we have our own Individual Liberty meaning that we have the ability to make our own choices as long as they do not conflict with the rule of law. Having Democracy is not only beneficial to us as the 'average' citizens of the country but also our politicians. As we have parties that each hold their own manifesto of what they will include if they get into office, if people are voting for them because they want them to be in office and not that they are being forced to (such as North Korea) then this in some cases could impact the productivity and the significance the elected Prime Minister would produce as they know they have this support from people and even if worse comes to worse they will still support them.

    However, there are some challenges with democracy. If we focus on the main issue, Brexit, 51.9% of the British population voted to leave the European Union therefore meaning we left the European Union. As many deals have been rejected, many people are now starting to second guess if Brexit should go ahead on the 29th March (just a month away). If we do go ahead with having a second referendum then this isn't democracy. The people's choice was to leave, and that's how it should be and it should stay like that. Just because we have witness what Brexit was going to be like shouldn't mean we should have to change, everyone knew from the beginning that Brexit wasn't going to be easy yet we still made that decision and the government need to to stick with that as that is what we chose!

    After the referendum, residing Prime Minister David Cameron resigned as he was pro-European. I personally believe that this is just because he didn't get it his own way so he quit, as he wouldn't of been able to hold the pressure of something he didn't feel passionate about. This shows he must of not been a great leader as a leader is someone who takes new challenges, even if they don't agree with it or don't like it, they do what they can. We weren't expecting him to be brilliant and make all the problems go away but at least he could have tried to sort it rather than leaving and showing those incredible qualities he already has and adapting to them. In some cases I do feel empathy for Theresa May, as she was thrown into a mess like this but I can see the courage she has in her eye and how determined she is to get the best deal she can.

    On the other hand, before being appointed to the position of Prime Minister she held the positions of Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities yet within her serving these roles she voted against the repeal of Section 28 in 1998 and 2000 along with voting against gay couples adopting, teaching homosexuality in schools and those who identify as being transgender legally being allowed to change their gender. How can we as a country move forward in our views if we have a leader who voted against this Democracy, this Democracy of being free, of being who we are, the Democracy of allowing us to express our identity; how can we move forward when gay marriage was only legalized in 2014, why did it take so long to legalize our basic human right of freedom?

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg busy_starfish | Richmond Hill Academy
    28 Feb 2019

    A benefit of democracy is that we can give our opinion about what we believe and what we disagree with. Democracy gives us freedom to express ourselves in a different way. For example, someone could give their opinion about Brexit and what they think should happen next. Democracy can also reach us young minds how to challenge or agree with people and it helps us when were older to make it easy to come to a big desicion and it also grows our confidence on letting the people decide what they believe is right for them(this is how we'd benefit learning).
    One of the challenges of democracy are the people who always challenge. In each motion, there is always the opposition, and the proposition they are the sides that disagree and agree. There would always be those difficult debates on what to choose and why. Sometimes it's hard because people can be good at convincing and make you think from time to time what's the real right thing to do. But in democracy, people have the right to say what they believe. So people believe what they want to. They go for what they may think is right. People will always disagree but there's no right or wrong answer. That's what can make democracy hard sometimes.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg busy_starfish | Richmond Hill Academy
    28 Feb 2019

    Within our modern world, especially within western countries, democracy is a key fundamental part of our society, it makes us into who we are! Democracy is one of our most important Modern British Values as it lets us 'the people' (derived from the term 'demos') have our voice heard through our own choice of elective representatives that we chose. We have our own say about how we want our country to be ruled and who has the power to reside over it (relating to the term 'kratia'). Along with this, we have our own Individual Liberty meaning that we have the ability to make our own choices as long as they do not conflict with the rule of law. Having Democracy is not only beneficial to us as the 'average' citizens of the country but also our politicians. As we have parties that each hold their own manifesto of what they will include if they get into office, if people are voting for them because they want them to be in office and not that they are being forced to (such as North Korea) then this in some cases could impact the productivity and the significance the elected Prime Minister would produce as they know they have this support from people and even if worse comes to worse they will still support them.

    However, there are some challenges with democracy. If we focus on the main issue, Brexit, 51.9% of the British population voted to leave the European Union therefore meaning we left the European Union. As many deals have been rejected, many people are now starting to second guess if Brexit should go ahead on the 29th March (just a month away). If we do go ahead with having a second referendum then this isn't democracy. The people's choice was to leave, and that's how it should be and it should stay like that. Just because we have witness what Brexit was going to be like shouldn't mean we should have to change, everyone knew from the beginning that Brexit wasn't going to be easy yet we still made that decision and the government need to to stick with that as that is what we chose!

    After the referendum, residing Prime Minister David Cameron resigned as he was pro-European. I personally believe that this is just because he didn't get it his own way so he quit, as he wouldn't of been able to hold the pressure of something he didn't feel passionate about. This shows he must of not been a great leader as a leader is someone who takes new challenges, even if they don't agree with it or don't like it, they do what they can. We weren't expecting him to be brilliant and make all the problems go away but at least he could have tried to sort it rather than leaving and showing those incredible qualities he already has and adapting to them. In some cases I do feel empathy for Theresa May, as she was thrown into a mess like this but I can see the courage she has in her eye and how determined she is to get the best deal she can.

    On the other hand, before being appointed to the position of Prime Minister she held the positions of Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities yet within her serving these roles she voted against the repeal of Section 28 in 1998 and 2000 along with voting against gay couples adopting, teaching homosexuality in schools and those who identify as being transgender legally being allowed to change their gender. How can we as a country move forward in our views if we have a leader who voted against this Democracy, this Democracy of being free, of being who we are, the Democracy of allowing us to express our identity; how can we move forward when gay marriage was only legalized in 2014, why did it take so long to legalize our basic human right of freedom?

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      busy_starfish's comment 01 Mar 2019

      Busy_starfish, this is a really great comment that is clearly explained. Did you use other sources for your research? Can you include any links to other websites if so, so that other BNC members can find out more?

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg kind_hurricane | Richmond Hill Academy
    28 Feb 2019

    The benefits of democracy is that you might not get your way and it it based on peoples opinions and that can not be judged because that is what they thing and they voted for is what think is best for the country or best for them and that is why that person picked that option

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  • Ravenscroft-logo-250x250.jpg magical_crab | Ravenscroft Primary School
    28 Feb 2019

    The benefit of democracy is that we can give your opinion about when we disagree or agree. Democracy gives us freedom to express ourselves bassed on people opinion that can't be judged.

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  • Ravenscroft-logo-250x250.jpg adventurous_painting | Ravenscroft Primary School
    28 Feb 2019

    The benefits of democracy are that your point gets across without being so direct and everyone knowing who you are and your thoughts. You can be heard. But on the other hand, there are challenges such as riots where you can't understand why the other side have their thought and the streets get rough and it could end up like Bloody Sunday 4 decades ago. That's when you start to question putting your opinion out there. Or when the candidate you voted for isn't the person you thought they'd be. Like Theresa May. That's how BREXIT worsened.

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  • Ravenscroft-logo-250x250.jpg eager_rabbit | Ravenscroft Primary School
    28 Feb 2019

    The benefits of democracy are that you're heard and the country hears what you think. You have a voice and you can share it with everyone in this world no matter who you are but on the other side of this debate, there are lots of challenges you have to cross. It`s like you need a opinion to fix your issue. The challenges are when other people start to question about your point and argue your thought. Everyone is scared about their thought if they say something wrong or they don't like your opinion. All you need is to be open and confident.

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  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_road | Crampton Primary School
    28 Feb 2019

    One of the challenges of democracy is getting the right system to deliver peoples wishes. For example - in a referendum people may vote for something that they think is good when they first hear about it but then might not be so good when they find out about it - like Brexit. It would better if you had one person to consider what would be best for the country based on what people want but not from a referendum but the problem with this is that they may end up choosing something for their own benefit.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      encouraging_road's comment 01 Mar 2019

      A good point - how would you gather the information from the people in the country to give to the leader, to make sure this is fair?

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      1. St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg courageous_crab | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 01 Mar 2019

        The good thing about a democracy is that you are having your owen opinion and that every one should have a right to speak and whenever there is a vote going on say,for a new leader you would have your owen opinion inside you and no one would have the same

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song | Michael Faraday School
    28 Feb 2019

    The benefits of democracy is that the people and the citizens of the country (which the change will happen to) will get to decide whether to choose one person or another should rule or to vote for a two side decision on a massive deal. It is much better since everyone can decide what is happening to the country and have their say (for people who are 18 and over) instead of only one person deciding the decision. It is also better because in democracy we can hear every view, perspectives and many facts that maybe the people who have voted had not known about which would make them think again, for what they are voting for and steer their perspective to make a right, fairer decision that the people will like. In addition, the benefits of democracy is that more people will agree to the decision than if only one person decided a massive deal that was going to happen.

    The challenges of democracy is that maybe in a general election, the people did not know about the issue, the two ,or more, decisions they had to choose or the impacts of what these decisions would lead to. This means that if the majority of the people voted wrongly because they were uneducated, the decision would be wrong. Another challenge is that not all of the people actually vote in a general election. For example, in a vote for a mayor, not all of the people might have voted and if not all of the people voted, then it could lead to the wrong result because only a minority of people have actually voted and it does not express the full opinion and decision of the people.

    For the challenges that will be faced as a democracy, people voted wrongly because they were uneducated, we can instead educate them and using the taxes that the people pay for, we can give newspapers to every door. That way, they can read about it and be able to make a correct decision, knowing what affects will happen if they choose this decision. The citizens (with this solution) can make fairer decisions for the country. Moreover, news channels can talk about the massive decision that is going to happen, the affects and advantages of the decision so the citizens will know which decision to choose and also, the politicians can openly talk about what they want to choose, why and talk without hiding any information.

    An example of this is in the Brexit vote (whether to stay or leave the European Union). According to https://www.theweek.co.uk/89378/fact-check-did-uk-s-better-educated-vote-remain, a politician (the Huddersfield MP and former chair of the Education Select Committee) says, ‘The truth is that when you look at who voted to remain, most of them were the better-educated people in our country. You can actually see the pattern, nearly all the university towns voted remain.’ He believes that the people were uneducated and because of that, it lead to the wrong decision. This is another challenge faced in democracy.

    For the next challenge faced (not all of the people might have voted), there could be people posting letters to every door to choose either one option or another so they will definitely vote and have no excuse to do so. The votes will be collected in the letter boxes so it is easy, reliable and convenient for people to vote. This will increase the number of votes in ballet boxes, meaning that the result is correct and the majority of people have voted.

    An example of this happening is in the vote of Catalonia (whether for Catalonia to stay in the power of Spain or to be an independent country). In this vote, according to https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41463719, more than 2,200,000 people actually voted out of 5,300,000 people. In this decision, not even half the people actually voted making a massive impact on the results and because of this, the results of the people were wrong. This is a challenge with democracy.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-41463719
    https://www.theweek.co.uk/89378/fact-check-did-uk-s-better-educated-vote-remain

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      busy_song's comment 01 Mar 2019

      Your point about delivering a newspaper to each door is one I'd like to know more about! Especially after the last issue when we were discussing newspapers and what they do/don't say or print. Would people be able to decide which newspaper they receive or would there be the same paper for everyone? What might be the advantages or problems with this?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg busy_song | Michael Faraday School
        Olivia @ the BNC's comment 07 Mar 2019

        In my opinion, every party (conservatives, labour, liberal democrats and other parties) should have their own newspaper in every general election or big decision taking place, explaining all about what decision that they want and how the decision will influence Britain or any other countries. Every party’s newspaper should include:

        • Having their own opinions and perspectives on the decisions

        • Explaining about the news topic and the decisions

        • Telling the advantages and disadvantages of the decision

        • Telling all of the ideas that they want to do

        If every party makes newspapers explaining about Britain’s and other countries influences, disadvantages and advantages of the decision, make their decision clear and tell all of the changes they want to make, then the citizens of the country can make decisions properly since they are educated about the issue and the influences on the different decisions. All of the party’s newspapers can be sent to every door in the UK, for them to hear all of the perspectives, ideas, advantages and disadvantages in order for the UK citizens to make a right decision about the issue. Moreover, we could sell these newspapers in shops or day-to-day transportation such as buses, trams trains, cars and aeroplanes if people do not have enough time at home to read the newspapers and consider all of the perspectives, opinions and views and all of the decisions that can be chosen.

        The advantages of this idea is that if newspapers are brought to every door and every party has their own newspapers is that the people of the country who are making the decision will know what the topic is about, how it will affect us or other countries and the party’s ideas and opinions about the decision. This means that the people who are voting will be educated about the decisions that are being made meaning that they can vote properly and the voting results will express the opinion of the people. In addition, (if we bring newspapers from every party) then they can also view all of the decisions and vote properly instead of voting the decision that a party wants because their constituency MP is in their party, this will make them open-minded about decisions and let the public decide which decision is best for their country.

        The disadvantages of this idea is that if we are to deliver newspapers to every doorstep, then because there are lots of newspapers, it is hard to know which newspapers are saying the truth and which are not. This could change your opinion because on the newspaper, there might be some fake news and there might be a news story might be slightly twisted meaning that you would read it and vote wrongly. This (as a solution for people to vote correctly since they are educated about the different opinions and decisions) might be a problem for the citizens and make them vote wrongly and it will not express the full decision and vote of the citizens on issues that will influence us or other countries.

        Another disadvantage is in the modern world, everyone talks about the reduction of the carbon footprint. Therefore, instead of making many newspapers, they can make a small leaflets with the main headings, targeting their own website newspaper; this will be environmental friendly and it will cause less pollution to the Earth and streets will be cleaner places with less litter.

        In conclusion, instead of newspapers, there can be online newspapers (environmental friendly) and every political party can have their own newspaper explaining about the issue, which will educate people when they are voting; this will stop the people voting wrongly in general elections and will make the UK make the right decisions in them.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg strong_apple | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    01 Mar 2019

    I think the benefits of democracy is if you don't vote for the leader of your country there is no point of living there without a fair vote.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg reasoning_lemon | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    01 Mar 2019

    I think it good to do a democracy because then everyone can have right's to speak.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg receptive_computer | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    01 Mar 2019

    I think the benefits of democracy is that everyone could be heard. also i think that one of the challenges could be you have to find all there strengths and weakness for an example if a persons weakness is that she is shy they will not have that must trust in that person

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg proactive_piccolo | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    01 Mar 2019

    I believe a benefit of democracy is that it is fair. If it was not fair then the people will not have the country run as they want it to and it might be that no-one but the person/people in power like it. This would mean that more people would leave the UK. Then, there wouldn't be enough people to do the jobs we need to be done. This would be disastrous for the UK.

    A challenge is that it takes longer to make a decision because you have to wait for everyone to vote. This would mean that we cannot make decisions quickly. Also, a lot of lies can be told and then people think that the UK will save a lot of money when actually we don't. This happened in the EU vote. This means that more people don't want to leave the EU but lies were told and people voted to leave when they would want to stay f they knew the truth

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg ineffable_seagull | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    01 Mar 2019

    The benifts of democracy is that if the Goverment makes a new rule which is bad who is going to fight it people are the only hope to fight against the rule and everyone has a voice so it needs to be heard or that voice will be useless. If the people's voice doesn't be heard it can lead to really bad arguments and consequences, so its better to use your voice for serious needs.When our voices does not be heard it maybe cause a civil war between the Goverment and the local parliaments and when people involve the situation it will stop for a few days it also won't be fair in a way.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg ineffable_seagull | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    01 Mar 2019

    For example if i said that i can vote and no one else can vote that won't be fair, in the same way without democracy it won't be fair.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg coherent_plum | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    01 Mar 2019

    Democracy is an important Modern British Values because it show who we are inside, and is also described as freedom.The benefits of it is that we get to vote and our voice is heard.The challenge of it is that some people force them to vote for them when they do not want to.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg curious_squirrel | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    01 Mar 2019

    The benefits of democracy is that everyone voices can be heard, everyone has the power to decide who will look after them and that they get a choice who will control their voices the law and who will enforce the law all of this can be done if people get to have democracy, to have a vote.
    The challenges of democracy are that who is in the democracy like if you were having an election for the next president of the UK you wouldn't pick little children to vote for it, they wouldn't get it so you would pick someone more appropriate like adults. Secondly, it is very important who is in the election you would want to make sure you pick the right people to be president, you wouldn't pick someone if they despise democracy you wouldn't put them in.

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg courageous_crab | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School C
    01 Mar 2019

    The BAD thing about a democracey is when it all starts well at the start and then as it comes to the voting that is when it all staets to get vilont

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg grounded_vegetable | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Mar 2019

    the challenges of a democracy is not getting in arguments with your friends when they chose for someone else not you also getting the right vote are challenges.

    the benefits of a democracy are that people can vote for anything that they think is right.also they can choose which president they want ,they have their own human rights!

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg amusing_impression | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Mar 2019

    The challenges of a democracy is not getting in arguments with your friends about the opinion of which vote is right. The challenge of a democracy is your opinion of which you think is right and standing up for what is right. The democracy is a challenge for everyone especially when your best friends are against you and you shouldn’t just get in arguments. The benefits of a democracy are that people and citizens can vote for anything that they think is right. The benefits of a democracy is also a benefit of the majority who votes for the same as you or another.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg marvellous_tree | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Mar 2019

    i think it is not fair because if it was done by the majority then most of the people voting wont have the right to speak and it might be crucial thing they say that will lead us the right way so yeah if it was done by majority then the people who were out numbered wont be able to speak up for themselves

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    1. Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
      marvellous_tree's comment 02 Mar 2019

      That is a very strong reason why. It certainly is not fair that whatever is done by majority won’t let other people have them be heard. People say that voting lets you have your say but voting is just letting you decide something that may or may not be right or may or may not win. Speaking in parliament is what let’s your voice be heard and have your say

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg cherished_petal | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Mar 2019

    The benefits of a democracy is everyone can vote on what they think is right and almost no one is left out and everyone's vote counts and can save a country ,also in other countries like north Korea the person in charge chooses all the actions and no one gets to vote, if anyone thinks different to the man in charge they will get punished or worse. But in our country we can give our own opinion and not get punished or get in trouble.
    The challenges of a democracy is that if you have a different vote than others like your friends,family,or people close to you they might not like you any more, get mad at you or try and get in a fight with you.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg capable_wombat | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Mar 2019

    I think that benefit of a democracy is that we at least we get to vote on our own opinion that we think is good because in some countries you can't vote for what you think is right and actually you can get punished only for thinking that what is happening is wrong so we are lucky that our government chooses to give us (or at least give the adults) the law to make a decision and vote for what you think is right . Also in some countries that do not have the law to vote for the option that they think is right the people in charge of that country will choose what they want and the citizens can;t do anything to change the decision of the people in charge.
    The challenges of a democracy are that usually a lot of people have a feeling that they have to vote for what their friend or friends vote for even if they think it's wrong so that they either impress their friends or so they still will be friends with each other .

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    02 Mar 2019

    One of the largest disadvantages of the democratic system is that it’s hard to be democratic. For example, the UK uses a voting system called First Past The Post or FPTP, it’s unbelievable undemocratic. You can get 20% of the vote and still win an election.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg amusing_impression | Noel Park Primary School
    03 Mar 2019

    The challenges of a democracy is really challenging. Some challenges of a democracy is political problems from your country. The challenges of a democracy are that usually a lot of people and citizens have a feeling that they can vote against.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg grounded_vegetable | Noel Park Primary School
    03 Mar 2019

    one major disadvantage of the democratic system is that it's hard to be democratic.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      grounded_vegetable's comment 04 Mar 2019

      What are some of the difficulties?

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg best_lion | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    05 Mar 2019

    One of the challenges of democracy is when one side is 50% and the other is 50% who or what will be chosen?

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg quiet_horse | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    05 Mar 2019

    One of the biggest challenges on democracy, is when the person that you have voted for has not won. This can lead to many difficulties such as:
    1. unfriending people who voted for the other person
    2. complaining
    3. debating
    and many more...
    but in some cases, people believe that the person you are against is bad or is not best for the part.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg plucky_petal | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    05 Mar 2019

    One of the challenges are when the votes are very close like 49% and 51%. What would they do?

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg trusting_politics | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    06 Mar 2019

    I think that the benefits of Democracy are as follows:

    I think that democracy gives everybody a chance of an opinion this is important a it keeps everybody happy because they have a say.

    It can make people’s job easier like mp’s however this is not always the case.





    The challenges of democracy:

    A challenge of democracy is that certain decisions do not get passed.
    For example if there was a vote to say whether we should eat apples and people voted no, then this could be a downfall of democracy.

    If you were not a democracy then you are a republic and then you would have the issue of electing a leader.

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg blessed_computer | Graveney School
    06 Mar 2019

    Democracy is a very popular voting system because it is known as being very fair because everyone allegedly gets an equal say. I say 'allegedly' because there are different kinds of democracy, each with their own pros and cons. An example of this is the Electoral College, which is the way that the U.S.A. votes for its presidents. How it works is that the citizens vote for representatives to vote for the proper elections. I think there are quite a few flaws with this because some states have more representatives than others so they get a bigger say. Another problem with it is that there are only 2 political parties so it does not represent most people's views very well. It has been widely thought that that caused Donald J. Trump and George W. Bush to win their elections. Another problem with it is because the people's vote is indirect, there have been instances of the people's vote favouring a different candidate from the representatives' vote. Although a country claims to be democratic, just remember that it probably isn't completely.

    Let's say that we have a direct democracy, where the people directly influence the results. I think there is still a problem because of the prevalence of fake news and bias. I think we should keep democracy because it is better than almost everyone getting no say at all than having a privileged person running the country without the influence of anyone else.

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    08 Mar 2019

    Well done for thinking this through and evaluating it. In fact, this is exactly what happens before and election or referendum. They aren't newspapers, but campaign leaflets are posted to people, explaining the party's stance on the issue.
    Your point about this being bad for the environment is a valid one, although I think there might be negative consequences of making this literature digital. Who might miss out or be excluded from this and what might the consequences be?

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