The story begins.
This is your story; read it, watch it, listen to it and write it the way you want to.
You could start by choosing a topic you find interesting and then following the links on each page OR you could work through the blog posts using the tags and…
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Delivering humanitarian aid and supplying food to countries in crisis from war, drought, floods or famine is a complex set of logistical and political issues. The World Food Programme – who are the experts in this field - have developed an interactive game called Food Force which gives you an insight into some these problems and the chance to find…
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In the UK there is Parliamentary Sovereignty. This means that Parliament is the supreme legal authority in the UK.
Parliament can create or get rid of any law.
However, in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, law making powers in some policy areas have been devolved. Although sovereignty still exists, in order to change devolved laws Parliament would have to undo…
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The Political system in Britain is broken into three sections; Government, Parliament and Judges.
The government is usually made up of the party which won the most seats in the House of Commons in the last General Election. They run the country.
Parliament is the combinantion of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They make laws.
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The UK is divided into constituencies. Each constituency is represented by an MP.
Click here to see a map of the UK divided into constituencies.
- Find out who your local MP is here
- To find out what an MP does, play the MP for a week game.
Start your own party
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In a democratic political system, people have the opportunity to vote to decide who represents them in parliament.
Find out about the different voting systems by waching the clips below.
First past the post
Work through this interactive tutorial with your group.
Watch these short but funny videos from The Telegraph to find out…
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Working in small groups, make up your own party following the rules of the electoral commision.
1) Name your party
Your name can have a maximum of six words, must not sound too similar to an existing party, must not be obscene or offensive and must not confuse or mislead voters when it appears on a ballot paper.
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Members of a party
As a minimum, a party must have a party leader, nominating officer and treasurer. They may also have a campaigns officer.
The officers within a party have specific legal responsibilities for the various party and electoral matters.
The registered party treasurer is the officer with the legal responsibility of ensuring that the party complies with…
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Once you’ve worked out which party you identify with or which issues you’re interested in, why not get involved? There are a number of ways to do this;
Join a Party
Most parties have groups for younger members, you can usually find them by looking up the main party website, there are links to some of these groups on the…
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What is your political orientation? Are you liberal or conservative? Authoritarian or libertarian? Left wing, right wing or somewhere in the centre?
- Take this quiz to find out where your ideals place you on the political compass. Then share the results on your Blog.
Click here for a more detailed explanation of where…
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Dealing with the media
If there are any problems you can find the video at the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gy7f8vP2QY
Description: This video shows Jeremy Paxman interviewing a Plaid Cymru economist. Paxman starts off by trying to find fault with the economist but soon gets more than he bargained for.
Activity 1- Party Politics: When campaigning for a Party, knowing…
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What is Party Politics all about?
On these pages you will be able to find out about some of the major political parties in the UK, we’ve also added some of the less well known ones. If you dont see anything you’re passionate about we’ve also told you how to set up your own party. Have fun…
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In the UK there are laws to prevent “needless cruelty” to animals but there is a lot of disagreement about the rights of animals.
Read this wikipedia article about the laws preventing lion fights and using dogs to pull carts.
Have a look at this discussion about Animal Ethics
- If animals have rights, what are
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Different countries have different laws about drugs and medicines. In the UK the Misuse of Drugs Act determines which drugs are prohibited and the penalties associated with possesing or supplying them. The graph below was produced after a recent scientific study into how harmful different drugs are.
(Nutt, David, Leslie A King, William Saulsbury, Colin Blakemore. “Development of a rational
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Read a review of the film here
Now read this article about Mandela
- Find out more about the following Olympic stories and write about what you learn in your blog.
African American athletes performed a black power salute during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.
Eleven Israeli Olympians were murdered a day…
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Governments and religious authorities sometimes ban books if they think that the contents are obscene or potentially damaging to themselves or to the reader.
Here are some banned books you have probably read! See if you can find out why. Do you agree with the decision to ban them? Add your comments below.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was once banned…
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In the film Footloose rock music and dancing is illegal. This is of course fictional but there are still places where there are laws about dancing;
Dancing after 2am is illegal in Des Moines, Iowa. Read more.
In Egypt it is illegal for Belly-dancers to show their bellies.
Human Rights Culture Getting the message across
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