“by 1928, Britain Was a Fully Democratic Country.” How Accurate Is This View?

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Britain aimed to become a democratic country throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By 1928, a democracy was very close to being achieved. For a democracy in Britain, there had to be universal suffrage, where every man and women have the right to vote regardless of class or status. Furthermore a secret ballot must be in place to prevent corruption. Equal sizes of constitutions had to be imposed, with regular elections and elected members of government. In a democracy, the voters must have civil rights, such as freedom of speech and the right to stand in elections. Many reforms were introduced in the hope that Britain would be more democratic, some more advanced than others. In 1867, a reform act was introduced to allow skilled workers in towns to vote. This contributed to Britain becoming more democratic as the electorate doubled in size to about 2.5 M males. This meant that politicians had to justify their policies and it was difficult to bribe the voters as there were many voters. However, voting was still help in public so corruption was still a problem for many voters. In 1884, another reform act was introduced so that men in the countryside were given the vote. Furthermore, this act also contributed to Britain becoming more democratic as the number of voters doubled to 5M. The following year a Redistribution Act was created which reduced English dominance and increased Scottish representation to 72. This act contributed to democracy as far more men could vote without bribery and corruption which had been eliminated. This meant that Britain had become slightly more
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