Is power really a good thing?

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Do you think power is good or bad?

Power can be a good thing or a bad thing, it just depends on how it is used.

Power can be abused in many ways, but it can also be helpful.

What are your opinions about power?

How much power does ____________? (My opinions)

How much power does the Queen have?

At least 95% because she can't vote, but other than that she can do anything she wants.

How much power does Boris Johnson have?

I would say 15% (Even though it doesn't match up with the Queens percentage) because any new laws he makes have to be approved by the Queen, if she rejects it then the law is not official.

Thank you for reading my post, please feel free to comment your opinions or just say if you don't agree with me. Have a nice day!

Comments (10)

  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg modest_donkey | John Ray Junior School
    01 Feb 2020

    Personally, I don't think that the Queen has 95% power because what decisions does she make? I know she is royal but she is very old and probably doesn't do much. However, the Prime Minister definitely has more power than the Queen as he makes all of the important decisions and has just got us out of the EU. That is a pretty big deal! Although, I do agree that the Queen has to approve of all the laws.
    To sum up what I think, we wouldn't be anywhere without the Queen but the Prime Minister definitely has more power than her.

    Modest_donkey : )

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    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg efficient_armadillo | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
      modest_donkey's comment 03 Feb 2020

      i understand your question because even people in my class ask me, what the queen does but she makes a lot of decisions even if it is not constantly on the news

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    03 Feb 2020

    In my opinion, Power isn't a good thing as it can lead to many problems. "With great power comes great responsibility" I specifically chose this quote as if a politician has Power they should be capable to take the blame for it. A lack of responsibility is Donald Trump. He had the power to say all of those offensive comments but did not have the responsibility to take the blame and say sorry. Another con of Power is that it can make you self-centred and selfish. For example, Boris Johson dared to query the Queen just because he had the power to, not acknowledging an upcoming election was occurring soon which would not be able to commence if Parliament were to shut down. Power can also make you take advantages of things if it is not handled properly. For example, the 2009 scandal where MPs and politicians took advantages of the Governments money by spending it on useless entities that were not even the slightest associated with their job! Also, Power is bad as it can make you lose your respect. For example, Andrew Mitchell called the police 'plebs', which is not the politest thing to say to the country's police force. Power can also make you more devious. For example, Donald Trump was devious as he peers pressured Ukraine to dig out dirty information about Hunter Biden. However, it won't even affect him as he and many other organisations are associated with Donald Trump. Also, Power can make you forget about your priorities and responsibilities. For example, a bad politician wouldn't acknowledge that the Coronavirus is emerging into London and is spreading very briskly. If they do not act quick enough, they could affect their whole country's health!
    To conclude I think power is not a good thing.

    Thank you for reading.
    Memorable_orchard.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      memorable_orchard's comment 04 Feb 2020

      Careful analysis of this concept, memorable_orchard. Can you imagine a society that shares power fairly among its people? What systems would be in place to ensure this?

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      1. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 06 Feb 2020

        In my society, most of the new laws would go to a referendum as if I just abruptly put a new law it would be unfair for the citizens; it is their country and they should decide what can and cannot happen in their society which is Justice. A lack of Justice is Donald Trump's Impeachment. Even though this is a commonly used example it is an ambiguous one. Sennet was on Donald Trump's side which is not fair as he would not be handled properly. Also, that would mean that my society would be democratic as when voting, everyone has a voice and the power to express their personal opinions. In my society, everyone does not have to vote as that is another method of expressing your personal opinion on things; I would advise that everyone should try to vote as it is their civilization and the new laws may alter the way they live their lives, so if they are aware of the news they would not be new to any alters made. This is fairly sharing power as they can decide what THEY want to happen to their lives. In conclusion, these would be the few of the laws and systems I would have in my personal society, where power can be shared fairly.

        Thank you for reading,
        Memorable_orchard.

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  • Hammond School logo stellar_acorn | Hammond Junior School D
    05 Feb 2020

    No it can be a dangerous thing if given to the wrong people.

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    06 Feb 2020

    One one hand, power is a bad thing because many people could use their power to their advantage when it comes to politics. In one of our previous BNC lessons we learnt about what makes a good leader, I thought that a good leader must have integrity, a leader should not do things just for themselves. As person gets more power they sometimes lack more and more integrity. For example: Donald Trump is a powerful man, he told the Ukrainian government to investigate into his political rival, this was a selfish act.
    On the other hand, if you are a leader but you have no power over the people you lead, not many people will listen to you.
    For example: lets just say, a football coach and tells everyone to line up, this football does not have any power over the people he is coaching, some people might line up if the coach did have power then his leadership would be much more effective. However, as we learn in our BNC lesson a leader should be a role model, have integrity, and be selfless, as long as any leader, including one with very little or no power displays these qualities then people will listen to them. In addition to this, power can also be used for good. For example: President Obama used his power for good and introduced a healthcare system In USA called Obamacare.
    In conclusion, am in the middle, power can be used for good and it can be used for bad. A leader with no power is ineffective but as long as the leaders displays leadership qualities then people will listen.

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  • Hillyfield School logo ingenious_dusk | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    06 Feb 2020

    Power is dangerous as if it fell into the wrong hands it could have a dramatic effect on the future of Brexit in addition a few years ago some politicians have done some bad things with the power they have been given. Power is a privilege it is to be earned and if you have a bad reputation youl'e be forced a legal charge such as being made to resign or to get their story published in a newspaper article .In conclusion power is both a good thing and bad thing because politicians have proven to much power is bad and with no power things just go awfully wrong.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    07 Feb 2020

    I don't think power is a good thing because it might make you selfish and inward looking. Power can be a good thing but most of me thinks it's a bad thing. You can make power a good thing but that isn't your first thought when you get power.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg gregarious_moon | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    07 Feb 2020

    It depends because you could use it well and it teach other people and inspire them but also you could use it as a weapon and that is not a good strategy. It could a fend and affect people.

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