Talk:Politics of the United Kingdom

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Good morning, the Wiki at present states The constitution of the United Kingdom is uncodified, being made up of constitutional conventions, statutes and other elements. However, I have been taught that the Declaration and Bill of Rights. being the authority of the Monarch and Parliament to Rule Since the Grundnorm that led to the enthronement of William and Mary, together with the Queens Coronation Oath to govern us according to our laws and customs, do form the book of rules or constitution for running the country. I can be reached at trswift@gmail.com for further information. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.169.110.112 (talk) 09:05, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

Politics[edit]

What is politics? Is it the system by which a government comes to power and legislates, or is it the government itself? I would think it was the former, this article strays mainly towards the latter. I think that most of the current contents of this article would be better placed in Government of the United Kingdom. Currently the government article focuses on just the elected party (frontbench), but I think it would be better if the Government article covered all the branches of government (executive, legislative, judicial, even monarchy) and politics covered the political parties etc. Thoughts? Am I completely wrong? Chipmunkdavis (talk) 16:41, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

If you look at the shorter OED it defines politics as "the science and art of government". This is the classical view. But in a wider sense politics is also about power relations within a society - the Marxist view. There is always going to be a lot of crossover between a 'politics of X' article and a 'government of X' article. What's the common practice in articles covering other countries?--Pondle (talk) 17:27, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
A mishmash, some contain only political information, some contain government information. In my opinion government would cover the system, the different branches, etc, whereas politics would cover the election system and political parties and debates etc. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 18:34, 22 January 2011 (UTC)
I think sometimes editors and readers want the UK system to fit into an international model, where many countries have conventional constitutions and tidy boundaries between executive, legislative and judicial 'branches'. The fact is that the UK doesn't have this at all. The entire concept of "branches" simply does not exist here. The article called, "Government of the United Kingdom" is (rightly) about "The Government" which is a very specific entity. If a general topic covering Parliament, the Government, the Civil Service, HM Courts Service and others was desired then I think "Governance of the United Kingdom" would be most appropriate. It is the natural desire of encyclopedia editors to want to fit everything into a a consistent framework, but the UK "constitution" really doesn't lend itself to that! Thom2002 (talk) 22:49, 13 June 2012 (UTC)


I want to add a bit about the idea that poor disabled brits die because of welfare cuts, but it seems this article talks more about the structure of the government than specific policy debates. Is there another article that would be more appropriate, or shall I proceed? Benjamin (talk) 06:49, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Needs Updating![edit]

In many places throughout this article has clearly not been updated since the 2010 general election or the 2011 Scottish elections!

Surely this is supposed to be the leading article on current UK politics?! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 94.175.88.25 (talk) 12:44, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

I will look into updating this page when I get the time. I've done a bit of brief updating for the Welsh and Scottish nationalists, but that's all I can do until later. --Welshsocialist (talk) 19:24, 8 March 2012 (UTC)


I don't know how to change the graphic, but the Deputy Prime Minister spot under Gordon Brown was not Labour, it was vacant. 82.18.228.184 (talk) 12:58, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

Is UK a Two party system or Multi-party system?[edit]

Hi, I'm working on Two party system but don't live in the UK. Is somebody reading this knowledgeable about UK politics, possibly enlighten our discussion here, thanks.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 22:58, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

The Conservatives and Labour are the two most dominant party in parliament. Until the last election, these parties formed government alone for the last half century. The Lib Dims are a smaller party (but not a minor one) and are currently king-makers in a coalition government. Scotland, Wales and (particularly) Northern Ireland have their own parties, which are present in the Westminister parliament. Minor parties are also represented in the Westminister parliament (e.g. UKIP and the Greens).
So, no, the UK is not two-party system. It is a multi-party system. --Tóraí (talk) 00:10, 23 October 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. I have included your comment here.--Tomwsulcer (talk) 10:24, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

Copy-edit[edit]

It does need a bit of cleansing. Could I ask: do you want to spell out "per cent" (or "percent"), or render it by symbol (%). I see both types. Tony (talk) 12:09, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

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