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    "Why is the House of Lords becoming more significant?"

    Quite difficult, actually.

    Only thing that springs to mind is that in some cases recently they've become more independent-minded, and have ignored the Salisbury Convention. (Working Family Tax Credits)

    But I don't know how much you could write about that. In my mind, it would be a "To what extent" question, or maybe assess the significance of the House of Lords, etc.

    I haven't finished revising Parliament, so my knowledge is extremely limited on that.
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    (Original post by mollyadtr)
    Or not specifically about 2nd chamber reform it might just be parliament in general...I have an essay plan for both though
    Or you know what they could ask? Why is the hol becoming more significant I haven't seen that one come up a lot
    Or a link between parliament and government question


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    Can i see your essays plans if you dont mind....

    my book is actually missing parliament reform... it only tells you what reforms have been made since 1997- but not actually if it needs reforming.
    SMH
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    You don't think they'd ask a question about the civil service, right? :/
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    (Original post by xxvine)
    For that you talk about Pmqs, select committees?
    I would, yeah.

    1) PMQs.
    2) DSCs + legislative committees + public accounts committees.
    3) Debates.
    4) House of Lords.
    5) Available powers like 'vote of no confidence'?

    Any others? If these are correct, anyway.
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    (Original post by UKStudent17)
    "Why is the House of Lords becoming more significant?"

    Quite difficult, actually.

    Only thing that springs to mind is that in some cases recently they've become more independent-minded, and have ignored the Salisbury Convention. (Working Family Tax Credits)

    But I don't know how much you could write about that. In my mind, it would be a "To what extent" question, or maybe assess the significance of the House of Lords, etc.

    I haven't finished revising Parliament, so my knowledge is extremely limited on that.
    thats a horrible question
    25 marker?
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    (Original post by UKStudent17)
    "Why is the House of Lords becoming more significant?"

    Quite difficult, actually.

    Only thing that springs to mind is that in some cases recently they've become more independent-minded, and have ignored the Salisbury Convention. (Working Family Tax Credits)

    But I don't know how much you could write about that. In my mind, it would be a "To what extent" question, or maybe assess the significance of the House of Lords, etc.

    I haven't finished revising Parliament, so my knowledge is extremely limited on that.
    I've got:
    Large majority in the commons means limited opposition so lords steps in as opposition
    Professionalism: making themselves specialists in certain fields of policies so the peers are taking it more serious now whereas before you might have hereditary peers that you know didn't actually care much about the job? So now they can have indepth debates as they have specialist knowledge
    The 2010 coalition lacked a mandate therefore giving lords more legitimacy to act as further opposition
    Rights culture (hra) hol contains many lawyers and human rights specialists as well as law lords that stops government being too dictatorial over human rights
    Hol reform
    There are examples of when the hol has stood up to the will of the government eg lowering age of consent for homosexual males from 18 to 16 they voted twice against it as well as the anti
    Stood firm ground upon the belmarsh to stop government being too dictatorial again


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    (Original post by xxvine)
    Can i see your essays plans if you dont mind....

    my book is actually missing parliament reform... it only tells you what reforms have been made since 1997- but not actually if it needs reforming.
    SMH
    Yeah sure, the essay plan is actually from the politics review (the one about reforming) but I've lost the booklet so I've only got the PowerPoint version hold on I'll get it


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    (Original post by mollyadtr)
    Or not specifically about 2nd chamber reform it might just be parliament in general...I have an essay plan for both though
    Or you know what they could ask? Why is the hol becoming more significant I haven't seen that one come up a lot
    Or a link between parliament and government question


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    Something like, is the HoL now more effective than keeping Executive in check than the commons or something?
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    (Original post by UKStudent17)
    "Why is the House of Lords becoming more significant?"

    Quite difficult, actually.

    Only thing that springs to mind is that in some cases recently they've become more independent-minded, and have ignored the Salisbury Convention. (Working Family Tax Credits)

    But I don't know how much you could write about that. In my mind, it would be a "To what extent" question, or maybe assess the significance of the House of Lords, etc.

    I haven't finished revising Parliament, so my knowledge is extremely limited on that.
    It's debatable that voting against tax credit cuts broke the Salisbury Convention as, whilst broad welfare cuts were in the manifesto, cutting tax credits specifically was not. However, you could talk about how the Conservatives do not have a majority in the House of Lords, and so within Parliament, the government's main opposition comes from the Lords.
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    (Original post by xxvine)
    Can i see your essays plans if you dont mind....

    my book is actually missing parliament reform... it only tells you what reforms have been made since 1997- but not actually if it needs reforming.
    SMH
    includes limited reform of commons
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    (Original post by alevelpain)
    Something like, is the HoL now more effective than keeping Executive in check than the commons or something?
    yeah i feel like that might be a potential? then you could argue about both the commons and the lords on a for/against basis or if theyre useless or good at it
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    (Original post by mollyadtr)
    yeah i feel like that might be a potential? then you could argue about both the commons and the lords on a for/against basis or if theyre useless or good at it
    I'd do 2 for Lords, 1 saying it's poo, 2 for Commons, 1 saying it's poo then conclude
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    (Original post by alevelpain)
    I'd do 2 for Lords, 1 saying it's poo, 2 for Commons, 1 saying it's poo then conclude
    thats what id do for a 25 essay... dont know if id be able to ramble on for a 40 mark question though..is there even enough to talk about for a 40 you reckon?
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    Please does anyone have any model answers (like 25/25 or 40/40) on...
    - constitutional reform
    - strengths & limitations on the UK Constitution

    Thanks
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    (Original post by mollyadtr)
    thats what id do for a 25 essay... dont know if id be able to ramble on for a 40 mark question though..is there even enough to talk about for a 40 you reckon?
    Yeah, Lords have been scrutinising more recently, tax credit bill, union bill
    Also more representative

    But not elected, undemocratic & Parliament Act

    Commons has select/leg committees
    Commons has oral questions

    If majority commons is useless
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    (Original post by alevelpain)
    Yeah, Lords have been scrutinising more recently, tax credit bill, union bill
    Also more representative

    But not elected, undemocratic & Parliament Act

    Commons has select/leg committees
    Commons has oral questions

    If majority commons is useless
    Ahhhh yeah I see I see, in some ways it's kinda similar to the functions..we'd at least you can easily link it to its functions of accountability/scrutiny


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    (Original post by Thebeast97)
    Please does anyone have any model answers (like 25/25 or 40/40) on...
    - constitutional reform
    - strengths & limitations on the UK Constitution

    Thanks
    Look on page 7...I attatched my constitution and parliament PowerPoint to someone else, I'm too lazy to short hand it so have a look through my sovereignty parliament and it has essay plans for both of those questions


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    (Original post by Thebeast97)
    Please does anyone have any model answers (like 25/25 or 40/40) on...
    - constitutional reform
    - strengths & limitations on the UK Constitution

    Thanks
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    Sorry but could someone tell me how to actually structure a 40 mark question ? And how do you answer a source question effectively?
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    (Original post by Louise12307)
    Sorry but could someone tell me how to actually structure a 40 mark question ? And how do you answer a source question effectively?
    I personally do 6 paragraphs but some people like to do 4 really in depth paragraphs so it's just preference....source question look st the context and where it's from/who said it and try and only refer to what's in the source, quote the source even or who said it, don't just read it and put what it says down actually engage with it and look at the date and think of anything was happening in politics around that time


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