Taking the Party out of Politics - Episode 5

Parliament or Government?


Many people might think that they are the same thing, but they really aren’t.


If we are clear about the differences, we can identify problems with how the system isn’t working in our best interests.


Parliament has to look closely at (scrutinise) how the Government is running things, and at what the Government is planning to do, to make sure that decisions are open and transparent, workable and efficient, and fair and non-discriminatory.


The Government is responsible for deciding:


•How the country is run


•Managing things day to day


•Setting taxes


•Choosing what to spend public money on


•Choosing how best to deliver public services


Parliamentary sovereignty is a principle of the UK constitution. It makes Parliament the supreme legal authority in the UK. Parliament can create (or end) any law.


The Government is the group of people who are responsible for running the country.


Parliament looks closely at the Government’s plans, and monitors the way the Government is running things, to hold the Government to account for its actions… independently?


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