Who has the most power in a democracy?

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Today, in my club’s Burnet news club session we debated whether politicians or the people have more democracy. As straight forward this question may seem, It was actually quite difficult in a sense to give an appropriate answer. So in this post I have decided to share with the rest of you what myself and some of the members of the group came up with.

Initially, I decided that the people have more power in a democracy. Owing to the fact that the whole point of a democracy is so that everyone gets a say. The ancient Greeks are credited with inventing democracy as a form of government. “Demos kratos” translates to “people power” : power to the people. The government that we have is based on an idea of that people do have power; however, every issue isn’t decided by the citizens. One example of this happening would be in America. They elected a leader ( Donald Trump the president ). But only Trump and congress can decide the laws. Unlike how in the United Kingdom, we vote for a prime minister and as well as that, ever so often, we get to vote on things that could happen physically to the country: like Brexit. This isn’t to say that we get the chance to vote on every issue. On the other hand, when the idea of democracy was first introduced in Athens, it was taken very literally. Every single law would be decided with a vote. There was one problem though. You could only vote if - you were an Athenian born, non slave, man. Here is the source that I used for the above information. Although, it is to do with America government, I picked out the parts that are similar to the English government. Another reason why the people have more power in a democracy is because one we’be voted for somethin, the government have to do what we want. Again, Brexit is a good example for this. On the 23rd of June 2016 the vote Came out with the result that we voted to leave the EU by 52% to 48%. The whole idea was that we either stayed in or that we stayed out, and whatever the results were the government were prepared to make it happen. However, I have to say that it does make me wonder why David Cameron stood down as prime minister, if he was prepared to do what the UK wants. In reality though, he only stood down because it wouldn’t be fair if the PM didn’t actually want the same thing as the people. So the government worked towards leaving the EU for a very long time. And finally we left only last Friday ( from when this got posted that is ). I think what this shows is that the government will try very hard in order to give the public what the want. Along the way there were a couple of bumps like the talk that there could be a second referendum. I think that this could show that we have more people power than the government but at the same time I think it couldn’t as well. Because I think that is we were to have had a second referendum it would give off the sense that the government are thinking, “What if we go through all this trouble but they actually just changed their minds because of how long it’s taking, we could be doing all this work for nothing!” And I think that it could be a good thing because it shows that they want to make sure that this is what they want. To add when the whole Brexit issue was really on fire all I got was, ”I think we should have left.” Also, ‘making sure‘ can demonstrate real literal democracy as it would result in another vote. Here is a timeline that I used for the above information.

But in some cases the politicians can have more power. This is because we just ask them what to do. They may just struggle in doing it. Referring back to the American democracy example, they only get to vote for one thing, who the president will be. Every thing else is decided by Trump. Also, the politicians all go into the House of Parliament to have a debate on the issue that has occurred. But it’s not up to us what they say. They could say something racist or make a really good point. We have no control over that, since we don’t control their mouths. And what’s even harder for us to do is to get them to take back what they say: Boris Johnson for example. Politicians could have more power because they have more money. They could do crazy things with it that make it seem like they have total control over us, this isn’t true though.

As you can see from the different of length between the two main paragraphs, I think that the people have the most power in a democracy.

Comments (4)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    04 Feb 2020

    Glad to hear of this debate and well done for giving links to support your points. There's lots of talk about the state of democracies around the world at the moment. You might want to look at what philosopher AC Grayling has to say about it - Google him with the word democracy and you'll find some interesting stuff!

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

    I think that its the people who have the power because they are the ones voting for different things and the PEOPLE give the leaders power for even voting for them
    considerate seal thinks that Boris Jonson has the power and i think that they have a point because Boris is the one that got Brexit done

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

    In a process, different people have power in a democracy. When a debate is occurring, the government has the power to fabricate a new general election. Without them, a general election could not commence. The next person are the voters, they have the power to choose who will have power over them. "With great power comes great responsibility" The voters have the great power to chose their leader, however, they're actions can come with consequences which is why they have a great responsibility as it will affect their lives! For example, Saad Hariri extracted $16,000,000, which isn't a good way to represent your country. The next in line is the elected person. They now have the power to control and keep their place as Prime Minister, or else many bad consequences could come out of it. For example, Donald Trump's plot to derive information from Ukraine about Hunter Biden has resulted in him being on an impeachment trial. Because just because someone is a leader does not mean they are a good one and that does not mean that they get all the honour. It is like a mirror, what you do a mirror will always do back to you. Therefore, if a leader cannot honour their followers, they're followers are not going to honour them. In addition, they are their role model so they moreover copy their actions.
    In conclusion for my argument, there is a progress of who has power in a democracy.

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