Help me with politics exam question (a level)Watch
Point 1: same 2 parties have dominated UK politics for like over 70 years so in this sense are stable.
Find an example of a semi-recent election wherein con/lab have won a strong majority. Something from Blair years maybe?
Counter point 1: recently becoming less predictable.
Example: con-lib coalition 2010 is an example of when one of the big two has no majority. 2017 was also a minority government with a supply deal off DUP that has been in effect abandoned.
Conclusion 1: evaluate both sides, which is more convincing?
Point 2: election terms are now fixed (mostly)
Example: 2011 fixed term parliament act now means it’s every 5 years or a majority has to agree to an election. Shows they’re more predictable in that public know when they’re coming
Counter 2: snap elections mess this system up.
May proposed an election many times before her resignation but labour among other parties blocked it. The UK will have had 3 elections in 4 years due to snap elections by Dec 2019 - hence is it less predictable than first thought?
Conclusion 2: evaluate and pick a side
Point 3: predictable in that we can guess how people will vote.
Example: the northern cities are labour heartlands, alongside London. This hasn’t changed for years - find a labour constituency and what % voted labour in 2017. Regional strongholds means it’s predictable.
Counter 3: Scotland voted different in 2017 than usual. Vote usually split SNP and labour. In 2017, con had more seats than lab ( 13 vs 7)- due to unionists being annoyed after SNP called for second independence referendum. Very unpredictable outcome.
Conclusion 3: evaluate and confirm which side
Overall conclusion: summarise points and reach an overall agreement to what side you’re on.
Hope this helps