Turn on thread page Beta
    • Political Ambassador
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Political Ambassador
    Could it be a good idea to have longer term parliaments? Maybe 7 years instead of 5.

    I was thinking about this recently as many government policy are for the long term it could be better for the country for the government to have longer in office.

    Thoughts?
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    government is only accountable to the public at election time. widening the time between elections would mean that the government is less accountable and this is bad news. if a government is good then it will be re-elected and have another 4/5 years to make further changes.
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    So we'd be stuck with the Clegg-Clown for 7 years? No thanks!
    • Political Ambassador
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Political Ambassador
    (Original post by Gemma :)!)
    So we'd be stuck with the Clegg-Clown for 7 years? No thanks!
    What if it was during a normal time though? The UK has just come out of recession so any government will be unpopular but say our economy was stable?
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    Longer terms, like shorter terms, have positive and negative effects. It depends on whether you prefer more regular reflection of public opinion or more long-term views.

    Keeping parliaments unfixed would be beneficial.
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    I think 4 years is enough.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    I think some policies take time to settle in, and if a term is too short, the next government can just cancel a good idea so they can say they were right whilst in opposition. Longer terms would be better to allow changes to take full effect so they could be judged properly, but then there is the fact that politicians do crap until 6 months before the elections then become angels. If their salary was controlled throughout their time in office, it would be a nice compromise. Maybe a lower salary but a bonus at the end of it if the public feels they've done a good job - you could stick an extra question on ballot papers asking how well they thought their MP/councillor/mayor etc. has done.
 
 
 
Poll
Who is most responsible for your success at university
Useful resources

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.