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United Kingdom

Civics presentation on the UK

Alexis Cresswell

on 9 October 2013

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United Kingdom
By Bem, Addyson, & Alexis
The UK's
Government System
by Bem
Recent News
-Summer Olympics/Paralympics 2012
- Queen's Diamond Jubilee
-Government raised tuition fees to £9000, sparking riots
-Took part in the war in Afghanistan
-Terrorists bombed London Underground
-Flights interrupted/cancelled from 9/11
-Sinking of Titanic 100 years ago
The United-
Kingdom Rules!

Alexis & Bem
formal coalition government

70 years
to govern the UK, starting in May 2010
-Main cities:
London (capital of England)
Edinburgh (capital of Scotland)
Glasgow (Scotland)
Belfast (capital of N. Ireland)
Cardiff (capital of Wales)
United Kingdom Vs Other Countries: What makes the UK Sooooo Unique
-the UK's government runs on an...
Big Ben clock tower, London England
Houses of Parliment
Buckingham Palace (Queen's Residence)
Multiple Statues in London: The Gunner, Unknown Soldier, Bombardier, and the Officer
Hyde Park
London Eye
BT Towers in London
Red Arrows (stunt jet team)
London Bridge & Tower Bridge
Canary Wharf
Glastonbury Music Festival
Comic Relief and Children In Need
Canonteign Falls (highest natural falls in Britain)
Shin Falls (Scotland, famous for its Salmon)
Loch Ness (Scotland, famous for its myth of the Loch Ness monster, RAWR!)
River Thames
10 Downing Street, where the Prime Minister lives until elections.
London Gherkin (a great big tower, as my friend described...)
House of Lords (an average person can be jailed for up to 12 years for simply taking a seat here)
The Pound Sterling, only country to have it is the UK: £
Electoral system
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society defends whales and dolphins from:
NGO:The Whale and Dolphin
Conservation Society
-Entanglement in fishing nets
-Collision with ships
-Global Warming
-Chemical pollution
-Intolerable underwater noise
establish a better living
environment for whales and
dolphins by protecting them
from possible harm.
This NGO wants to
In the UK and around the world
What they have accomplished
-Stopped sales of whale meat in one of Iceland's main airport
-Saved 44 pilot whales in Scotland
-Sued and won against the Nuremberg Zoo
-Reduced noise that Moray Firth dolphins had to endure
-Use of gill nets in a fishing area off South Australia had been banned
-Improved South American River dolphin protection
Acts around the world
Acts in the UK
-Currently cleaning up our oceans from items that are harmful to animals
-Reduced sales of fish that have a possible presence of whale meat
A PSA created by a concerned YouTuber about whaling
Acts in Canada
-In 2010, they helped a ban on Narwhal Tusk exports (CDFO is fighting off angered inuits by stating that they have no choice)
-In 2008, Canadian Environmental groups sued the Canadian government for not protecting the habitat of endangered orcas in British Columbian waters
-Exposing unremarkable conditions at Marineland to the public
wdcs.org.uk, 13 Oct 2012, http://www.wdcs.org.uk/, WDCS
This means that the UK has Elections
these elections must be held every
5 years
In other words the governement has a maximum duration of

Constitutional Democracy
Canada is also a Constitutional Democracy :)
The Coalition Party
(UK's current reigning political party)
Obviously this country has rights!
•Right to life
•Right to Freedom of expression & conscience
•Right to free assembly
•Right to personal privacy
•No arbitrary searches or seizures
•Right to respect for private and family life
•Right to bodily integrity
•Right to personal liberty
•Freedom of association
•Right to participate in government
•Right to protection of the law
•Right to property
•Economic and social rights
•Gender recognition
•Rights conferred by European Union law
•Rights conferred by international law
Does the government,
keep it's country on it's feet?
The definition for a Coalition party/government:

- a

combination of 2 or more

political parties acting as one reigning government
-because of it's old established government, the UK, in a sense is more stable than the other European countries such as the Scandinavian countries, and Germany.
- just to point this out, Germany has only been a nation for the past 150 years, while the UK (Britain/England) has been a country for a 1000+ years, thus the UK has more experience
The prime minister and head of a coalition government,
David Cameron
, earned his roles on the
11th of May 2010
, returning his centre-right Conservative Party to power
after 13 years of rule by the centre-left Labour Party
(the Conservatives had the largest # of seats, but did not have absolute majority; the partnership ended up being the solution).
During that year, Mr Cameron formed a partnership with the
third party
the Liberal Democrats
, after an undecided parliamentary general election
David Cameron advocates for the government with a center right stance
Both political leaders agenda's are focused on:
-cutting the deficit
-supporting troops
-cleaning up politics (making sure politicians don't overspend)
-and building a "stronger society"
Liberal Democratic party leader and deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, describes his party as "centrist", even thought the party is traditionally center left.
-like Canada, elections are run using the "First Past the Post" method
The House of Lords
In case you're wondering... here's a little bit about what the 'House of Lords' is.
The House of Lords is part of parliament. The people in it are knighted by the Queen herself. An example of that would be Sir Elton John. He could be a member of the House of Lords if the Queen chose to have him there. The people of the United Kingdom have no choice of who is in the House of Lords. The Houses of Parliament makes the rules, while the House of Lords approves the laws before they are given to the Queen for the Royal Assent. This House has more power than the others
London Eye
Loch Ness
Big Ben
Hyde Park War Memorial
White Cliffs of Dover
Who is the UK's Head of State?
-Queen Elizabeth II, is the

second Longest serving Head of State in


-Queen Elizabeth II, also
reigns 16 independent
countries including Canada and Australia
The United Kingdom is a combination of many countries:
England ( Great Britain)
Northern Ireland
The Union Jack (UK's flag) was created by overlapping England, Scotland, and Irelands flags
Commemoration of the Flag
full name: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
•Population: 62.4 million (UN, 2011)
•Area: 242,514 sq km (93,638 sq miles)
•Major language: English
•Major religion: Christianity
•Life expectancy: 78 years (men), 82 years (women) (UN)
•Monetary unit: 1 pound sterling = 100 pence
•Main exports: Manufactured goods, chemicals, foodstuffs
•GNI per capita:
US $37,780
(World Bank, 2011)
Economic Facts
•The UK has a long history as a major contributor in international affairs and has an important role in the EU, UN and Nato
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