Following on from Alam Frommer’s thought prevoking presentation to year 12 and 13 in PSHCE , I have decided to do as he has suggested and question the question.
Is Britian A True Democracy ?
Looking beyond the question at its heart lies the a familiar assumption. That it matters.
So to the question I’ve decided to ask some of my own. Does democracy matter ? Is Democracy always an aim worth striving for ?

The cynic’s view of democracy is that at best it serves as a talking shop and at worst it is simply a convinient distraction from those who really run things. And while this view is over simplified it may hold some merit.Parliament could blow up tomorow and in reality very little would change ,because it is the civil servants and people of Britain, from the highest levels of the FCO to the teacher in Colchester, that keep the country running.

Britain is a democracy , but realistically what does it being a democracy change ? Some would argue that governments pay little or no attention to the will of the people anyway . Add to this the classic arguement of society as a whole being nothing but a flock of sheep racing one another to the slaughterhouse. Is rule by the people or even from the people desirable ?

Democracy has been held up throughout the world as the saviour of the poor and the opressed but evidence suggests this isn’t the case. Taking as an example Malawi we see a democracy facing economic collapse. HIV/AIDS is present in approaching 50 percent of the population. This is a fine exaple of a nation where some economists and political scientists would argue democracy is not appropriate.
Democracy is all well and good but it relies on a number of things to operate effectivly.
These are stability , infrastucture and a base level of education in the general population. Those critics of democracy in instances where one or more of these things aren’t present argue that european democracies developed under top down systems of government and it was these top down systems which lay the bedrock for a democracy.
They argue democracy was imported to these nations before they were ready and that a central strong leader found in a dictatorship or monarchy would be preferable to a democracy riddled with corruption and destined to fail. They argue that the development of a middle class is essential in the development of a democracy. Afterall clean water is a more pressing issue than representation.

However, Democracy does matter. Without it people wouldn’t have a voice and its with your voice you defend your interests. But is it always worth striving for ? I believe so yes , but that doesn’t mean it’s true. To suggest democracy could be flawed is seen by some to be a heresy. But its worth remembering that democracy can defend itself. It’s time people took of the kid gloves and embraced openly a debate on if democracy is appropriate in all cases.cases.
If supporters of democracy win the debate good. If not then we will have to accept that.  Develoment and quality of life should be our main aim. Democracy is a route to that aim but perhaps not the shortest.