UK Government for Dummies... and Americans...The UK recently had a snap election to decide which party should be in power. But how do UK elections work? Are they at all similar to how the US runs things? Let's compare the two and see if we can't figure it out.
British PoliticsOverview of the British political system, its political parties, political history, an even a little bit about the politics in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
What Powers Does the Queen of England Actually Have?What powers does the Queen of many titles have and what could she theoretically do if she decided to flex the full might of the authority she wields? As it turns out, thanks to the Royal Prerogative, a terrifying amount.
The UK's Constitution Explained - TLDR Explains...Constitutions are foundational documents which set out how most countries are run. They are held as sacred and individual sentences studied for their true meaning. However, the UK and a handful of other countries avoid all of that by having an unwritten, uncodified constitution. In this video, we discuss the four different areas that the UK constitution draws from and how this kind of unwritten constitution works in reality.
Do we need a codified constitution?This video is a part of an AS-level Politics course, similar to US High School. Dan Glazebrook is British political writer and journalist for The Guardian and The Independent.
IMPORTANT NOTICE! My video card ran out of space before I'd finished! Here is the conclusion:
In conclusion, a Prime Minister’s powers are far from limitless. Even the two most powerful of recent Prime Ministers - Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair - have eventually come up against these limits, forcing them to resign in both cases. Ultimately, a Prime Minister’s power depends on the size of their majority, and the level of support they have from both their own backbenchers, and their Cabinet. These factors in turn, by and large depend on their level of popular support. With enough popular support, a prime minister will be able to dominate both Cabinet and parliament: so long as they keep leading their party to electoral victory, neither is likely to move against them. But sooner or later the public always tires of even the most impressive leaders - and that is when prime ministers learn that the loyalty of their own party must never be taken for granted.
How effectively does parliament scrutinize the gov...How effectively does parliament scrutinize the government?
This video is a part of an AS-level Politics course, similar to US High School. Dan Glazebrook is British political writer and journalist for The Guardian and The Independent.