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LNAT Section B

I have my LNAT coming up soon, but I haven't done much prep for section B. Can anyone read over what I wrote and give feedback

The question was: 'Should the law require people to vote in general elections'

Democracy is the great bastion of the western world and the ultimate expression of this privelege that is fought for in many countries, is the ability to vote in general elections. But should the act of not voting be held in the same category of rape, murder etc, an illegal act.

The ultimate form of legitimacy for a democratic government is being voted in by the people. From the sphinx in Ancient Greece to see general elections of modern Britain, one thing has always made universal: the legitimacy of a government stems from the fact that they were voted in by the people. Voting in an election is ultimately giving consent to the government as they are voted in by the people. Why is this so important? In the UK parliament is soverign meaning that it overpowers all other checks and balances such as the supreme court, its acts are final and cannot be stuck down, one may even call this an elective dictatorship as in theory if a siebale majority is reached, it can ‘snowball’ it’s way through legislation after legislations such as the deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda. The act of voting may be democratic but the government it forms is not, therefore it is paramount that the people vote in an election so that this ‘dictatorship’ has legitimacy

Now after reading of the elective dictatorship I wrote of previously, your mind, which has been bathed and raised on ideas of freedom and the will of the people, may utterly oppose the idea in the question as general elections are effectively creating dictatorships. Why should it be law that we vote in elections which creates governments which go against the very nature of our country? This is because general elections is what forces our governments to adjust their policies to suit the needs of the people of the time, it’s what differentiates our democratic government to the dictatorships found in the east. A party will not be foolish enough to ignore the needs of the people, they won’t be elected by doing so, and so parties study the trends of election results to mold their political agenda to suit what the people want. This was done masterfully by Blair’s remodelling of Labour. The party had lost its touch with the middle class and by analysing the results of the elections, he was able to see what the people wanted and formed policies to enact these wills. The conservatives under Cameron followed suit and now Kier Starmer will look to do the same.

Political parties have to bend their policies to suit the needs of the people and this is done by analysing what the trends in general elections. The law job fundamentally is to ensure smooth running of the country and that the rights of the people are protected. How can the law allow for parties to propagate policies that ignore the will of the people? How can the law be the ultimate safeguard of the people if it allows for governments to form that are not legitimised by the people?

But you could ultimately contest this with the question of that are the people well read enough to give their consent to such a dictatorship? The average Briton is not a political philosopher nor are they a researched economist. The law not requiring people to vote in eleections is the ultimate form of protection as it protects the people from themselves due to their lack of knowledge. Entrusting such a great power to people uneducated is bound to set up disatser ad contradiction.

However the ultimate beauty of democarcy is that the views of the undeucated are being heard by the ones in power. The undecuated opinion is no lower than the opinon of a political scientist for they are equal, you may regard one view as being higher, but ultimately would agree that they both have the right to have their view to be vocalised. This right of freedom of expression is the bedrock of society and should be promoted and protected at all costs. The singular mowst beautiful way of this right being established is through general elections where the ideas of the scholar and the factory worker is morphed into one. The law should seek to uphold and protect theis beauty through making it a requirement to vote in general elections

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