political parties 1
- Definition today - a political party develops a set of goald and policies, which is made into political action.
- Political parties have to be organised.
- Most parties ecept the green party have a leader or group leader of sorts. Newer patries find it diffucult to be organised. It takes a large amount of activism to make a small uk party sucessful.
- British politics has many failed parties...
- Ideological indentity and gaining support from the electorate is important.
- Party members can be elected, as suitable candidates. the uk elestion are usally local in nature.
functions of parties
- Mostly parties make policies and political programmes.
- The backbench Mps have some say but not much basically.
- The leadership group have the most influence.
Tories 3:( !
- Traditional conservatism - Before the 70's.
- New right conservatism- The witches conservatism.
- Man needs to be governned- saying that the people can't be trusted with the government.
- Social unity.
- Order - best represented by how this party handles crime and terrorsim, and stresses the importance of dealing with terrorism.
- Tradition and preservation- Intsitutiona ansd values are seen as important and upholding the tradtions and values. Them monarchy is a tradition. The family (nuclear) is very important...
- New right conservatism in detail.
- Deregualtion - the privatisation of many industries to offshore private share holders and benefactors, suchs as enegry and gas...
- Disengagement - When the economy began to fail, governments raised the expenditure on public project6s and on welfare benefits. While it was a short term solution and it had long term damage to the economy.
- Less intervention in the economy.
- Todays - policies of the torie party.
- Harsher welfare cuts...
Preventing teenagers from claiming benefits as soon as they leave school.
- Paying benefits in kind (like free school meals), rather than in cash.
- Reducing benefit levels for the long-term unemployed.
- A lower housing benefit cap. Cameron said that the current limit of £20,000 was still too high.
For-profit free schools
Early on in the coalition's life, Nick Clegg made it clear that he would veto any move to introduce for-profit free schools, viewed by some Tories as the key to transforming the education system. But when he appeared before the Leveson inquiry, Michael Gove indicated that they could be established under a Conservative majority government.
The Education Secretary remarked that unlike some of his coalition colleagues, "who are very sceptical of the benefits of profit", he had an "open mind", adding: "I believe that it may be the case that we can augment the quality of state education by extending the range of people involved in its provision."
Withdrawal from the European Court of Human Rights
- The Conservatives have become increasingly hostile towards the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which has prevented the deportation of Abu Qatada and forced the government to consider extending voting rights to some prisoners, but Lib Dem obstructionism has prevented reform. The commission set up to examine the proposed British Bill of Rights, split as it was between Cameron and Clegg nominees, failed to reach agreement when it published its report this week.
Hire-and-fire employment laws
Vince Cable ensured that a Tory proposal to allow employers to fire workers at will (contained in the now-infamous report by Conservative donor Adrian Beecroft) didn't become law, but Downing Street made it clear that it approved of the plan and it is likely to feature in the party's election offering.