Discuss the View That Elections in the Uk No Longer Fulfil Their Purpose

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Discuss the view that elections in the UK no longer fulfil their purpose The main function for elections is to choose a government and they succeed at this as they have chosen governments at each general election such as choosing a Labour government in the 1997 general election and a Conservative government in the 1979 general election. They have fulfilled their purpose in this aspect as they have chosen governments at each election. However, it can be argued that they are gradually falling behind in this area as in the 2010 general election the outcome was a Conservative/Lib Dem coalition, and as the system used in elections is first-past-the-post which is designed to elect a majority government, it didn’t fulfil its purpose at that election, although the coalition has done well in its term in office. Another way in which election fulfil their purpose is holding representatives (MPs) to account, election do this by making the representatives take part in the election every five years. It succeeds in this as if a party is not representing the people in the way they said or are not fulfilling their promises then the people can choose another party who they think can represent them in a better way than the previous party. Elections also hold individual MPs to account as well based on their record, and example of this is the 2009 expenses scandal in which many MPs stepped down rather than face the verdict of the voters and so elections fulfil their purpose as they succeed at holding parties and MPs to account. However elections don’t fulfil their purpose as they are failing in the area of participation from the public as the level of turnout over recent times has gradually fallen as in the 2001 general election the turnout was 59.4%, is the lowest it has been since 1918. In the 2005 general election the turnout was 61.4% and in the 2010 general election the turnout
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