Is Britain's Parliamentary System Of Democracy Ideal?
Although ants and bees have elaborate social structures not clearly
understood by researchers, and the former even has a queen, we alone
have a country and a political system. This, however, took a long time to
achieve. As a baseline, being a product of survival of the fittest, all living
beings are engulfed with a fear of enemies. In this struggle, although some
like lions are strong enough to defend themselves, as if understanding
'unity is strength,' those who aren't - the have-nots like hyenas, live and
hunt in packs. Although we hunted like the latter, we selected a strong
permanent leader for our day-to-day affairs in our primitive days. With dads
appointing heirs with a bit of public support and love of genes, bloodlines
started and later dynasties formed.
Although occasionally interrupted by army dictators, even people's
governments, almost akin to 'The King is dead… Long live the King'
monarchy grabbed the biggest slice of pizza graph of the governing history
of the world. Although making of a ruler by the people, who were more
equal than others, interrupted democracy and is still doing so in China,
democracy is the buzz word of today.
Although a country and its borders are not made by nature, and it is not the
claiming of self serving rights but duty that makes a country, using a
strategy of making a government through rights and democracy brilliantly
forms and maintains governments. With communism gone, monarchies
vanishing, and army general-less recognised, democracy reigns supreme.
Long before the French Revolution, reminding clash of civilizations, a clash
between the commoners and the king brought democracy in England in the
13th century. Almost as a compromise, it saw the House of Lords for the
Lords and the House of Commons for the common people. Although
democracy got a chance to refine over the centuries and became matured,
it divided into parliamentary and presidential systems, and suddenly
received two heads - the UK and the USA.
Although it has helped smooth the transition of power, it has offered
stability for the development of the country, and as a gold standard even
helped the formation of political systems of India and other countries… but
Britain's parliamentary system is not without flaws. Its voters don't directly
choose a leader but, almost like selecting a solicitor to plead a case in the
court, choose MPs. Taking all our rights, as a second tier job, the MPs then
select the ruler - when necessary. Although elected to serve constituents,
losing individuality they follow what the Chief Whip says. Although a
parliamentary majority easily brings a smooth change in power, its lack of
power causes an equally bad mess. The resulting coalition government
helps running of a government and gives writing material for journalists, but
it doesn't give much to the country. Unlike the solicitor again, the 'detached
leader' cannot be dismissed till the next election. Although presidential
system avoids leadership problem and more, and even amount to 'best we
have', it is not without problems either.
Pinpointing problems, even in the American system yet offering solutions,
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