Politics Essay

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Politics: the inescapable stalker of our society

Politics is a process by which a group of people, whose opinions or interests might be divergent, reach collective decisions that are generally regarded as binding on the group and enforced as common policy.

Political theory or political philosophy is as old as the oldest civilisations. The Greek philosophers, such as Aristotle and Plato, developed important political theories and methods of government alongside their more abstract philosophies. One may contest that every society and every belief we hold is a reflection of the political system we live under. Politics, in it absolute form, is a concept of society that definitely intrudes into every aspect of human life. No one can escape
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In practice, they often work out differently.

Most of these ideologies shown in the linear diagram have representation of some form in Britain, whether it be through recognised political parties, pressure groups or non-PC organisations. The three main parties in the UK are Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats and in our case, their name broadly represents their place on our linear spectrum of political thought. There are other ways of defining the above spectrum, the horseshoe version sees the same diagram bent into the shape of a horseshoe, but more recently, one with the approval of Tony Blair no less, is the Two Dimensional Spectrum:

Although the central government disperses power to national and local authorities, the UK Government in its present form is not federalist at all. It may provide power and funding - taken from its intervention into our mixed economy - and distribute it to our Local Authorities, but for there to be total federalism in the UK, there must be an equal dispersal of power between all of the local bodies.

The main properties of this establishment are the parts of the “Welfare State”. Pioneered by the Labour Government of Clement Attlee, the Welfare State revolutionised the UK. National Insurance, National Assistance, and National Health Service (NHS) Acts were passed, the last of these being the creation of Attlee's flamboyant left-wing Minister of Health, Aneurin Bevan.

Our own “puppet government” - as seen

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