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England is a democracy

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Submitted by taz (United Kingdom), Sep 20, 2010 at 14:13

I say this completely un-biased. England still has a monarchy who is in all matter of principle the head of state. However it would be wrong to conclude that this does not make the english government a democracy. England have elected Prime ministers and elected parties just like the US. All laws are made by the government who are chosen by the people. Once a law has been argued and debated over and agreed by the government the law is then taken to the queen. You're correct in that the queen still has to sign off any laws made. However the queen really has no power to actually disagree with any law. I agree that its stupid but this is only a tradition that is followed out and the queen really has no power over these matters. The queen cannot vote and is there as a complete unbiased advisary. The queen is there to ensure that the system as a whole continues to function as a democracy. The english government and the queen work to meet the same means. I agree its a strange system but for britain atleast it works very well. When england did try to overthrow and get rid of the royal family there was a civil war.

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