Politics – Component 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas

Transition – Politics

How to answer questions doc

All Questions Doc UK politics 2017 SPEC

Politics PLCs

1 History of UK Politics:


Andrew Marr The Making of modern Britain – this is a series that you can watch on Youtube. It covers the history of the UK since 1945. There is a lot of politics in it. Watching it will give you a very good broad understanding of British Politics since 1945.

This is the link for episode 1:


history of parliament

l1 introdution to uk politics

l2 the anglo-saxons and the normans

l3 – magna carta and the origins of

l4 tudor creation of the modern government

l5 – the english revolution (the civi

ll6 revolution settlement

l7 unification of the uk

l8 – extensions of the franchise

l9 – the shifting power of the houses

l10 overview of 19th and 20th century british politics

A Brief history of all Prime Ministers and their policies:


1.1 Political Parties:

Magee Chapter 12 Political Parties Notes

How do we measure class?

Grade Occupation
A Higher managerial, administrative
B Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional
C1 Supervisory or clerical and junior managerial, administrative or professional
C2 Skilled manual workers
D Semi and unskilled manual workers
E Casual or lowest grade workers, pensioners and others who depend on the state for their income

l 1.1.4 functions and features of the political parties

l 12 mandates and manifestosl

1.1.1 origins of the conservative party

l1.1.2 the history of the labour party

l1.1.3 – the liberal democratic party

l1.1.4 third parties

l1.1.5 functions and features 1

l1.1.7 – the emergence of a multi-party system 6

Vocabulary Political Parties 1

Political Parties Revision

1.3 Electoral systems

Generals elections (for Members of the Westminster Parliament):

First Past the Post:

Single Transferable vote

Electoral Systems Revision 1

1.4 Voting behaviour and the media:


Class and Voting

Other factors and voting

The media and its influence on voting behaviour

Voter Choice Theories

Voter Turnout

Voting and regions

Voting Behaviour and the Media

Which newspapers are most widely read in the UK?


ABC figures, 2000-2009

the impact of the media on electoral success 11

Voting behaviour and the media revision

How billionaires control the media and therefore people’s ideas about politics – George Monbiot


History Of UK General ELections 1979, 1997, 2017:

1945 General Election:





1979 General Election:





1997 General Election:



How did people vote in 1997:



2005 General Election:



2017 General Election:



How people voted in 2017:



2017 Manifestos:



Newspapers and the EU referendum:


1.3 Democratic Participation:

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Image result for voter turnout referendums

Image result for trade union membership uk

Image result for political parties membership uk

Concept of Political inequality, its rise in the UK and its negative impact on the perceived legitimacy of the system:


Revision Democracy and participation

How the Tories are trying to gain support Labour’s traditional heartlands, the North-East England:

Pressure Groups:

Core Political Ideas:

Core Political Ideas Revision:

The political ideas section of the course requires you to write a 24 minute essay in 30 minutes. It will be a ‘To what extent…(TWE)’ question meaning you have to give both sides of the argument. Essentially the questions will ask to what extent different ideologies agree or differ over an idea. E.g. “TWE do liberals agree over human nature.”

Therefore when thinking about this topic it is important to realise that each political idea has very a wide variety of opinions within them. They are all ‘broad churches’. For example Modern and Classical liberals share some beliefs, but disagree on lots to. Consequently, Modern Liberals are often associated with Socialists as they believe in creating a welfare state, as Labour did in 1945. In contrast Classical Liberals are associated with Conservatives as they believe that the state should be small and the individual free to sink or swim, as Thatcher did with the Neo-Liberal cutting back of the state in the 1980s.

So when revising you could use a table like the one below to categorise your ideas:

Liberals agree Liberals disagree
The state
Human Nature
The economy

Into these tables you will add the ideas of your thinkers as they are your evidence to support your argument.

It is also useful to think of the history of the idea. A knowledge of politics without a knowledge of the historical context is like understanding a boat but having no knowledge of the sea.

Each idea has changed over the course of time as the political history changes around it. Each idea has started with one set of beliefs, however these have changed over time due to changes in political history. For example, one has to understand the end of monarchy and the development of capitalism in the industrial revolution to understand why classical liberalism was born, and then modified by the modern Liberals.

Therefore a timeline of the history of the idea is a great way to revise and to develop an understanding of how the idea has changed over time, which has caused the divisions. For example, Socialists ideas about the state changed having seen socialism in action in the USSR and China where oppression and murder were used by the state in their quest to create a utopia on earth.  This led socialists to be more fearful of the power of the state from the 1960s onwards.

1.5 Liberalism

All resources – Liberalism

1.5 Vocabulary Liberalism

Core Ideas Revision

Liberalism – Essay Plans

Liberalism Pre-recorded lesson 1

2. How Liberalism changed over time 1

3. Core ideas of Liberalism and its thinkers




1.6 Conservatism

Pre-recorded lecture: Origins and history of Conservatism

Pre-Recorded Lecture:Conservatism and its key thinkers


Dear 12 Attlee,


Please complete the ppt. slides below 10 – 19 on the Core ideas of Conservatism. Just like with Liberalism you are creating a booklet of notes with colours and pictures. We will discuss these ideas on Wednesday, 24/6/2020.

2019 Conservatism all resources Jenkins


Dear 12 Attlee,

Complete the tasks on the ppt below. This concludes your conservatism notes that you should have in a booklet all kept together.

You will also need to watch the second Pre-recorded lecture that I am putting up today on MSTeams. There are also videos below for you to watch.

Conservatisms thinkers and tensions between the strands


Traditional Conservative thinker – Thomas Hobbes:

Traditional Conservative thinker – Edmund Burke:

One-Nation Conservative Thinker – Michael Oakeshott:

‘On Being Conservative’ – essay by Michael Oakeshott: http://faculty.rcc.edu/sellick/On%20Being%20Conservative.pdf

New Right Conservative Thinker – Ayn Rand




Conservative Ideas essay plans

1.7 Socialism


Dear 12 Attlee, read the pages 288 – 298 and complete the activities on the slides up to no. 22 on the PPt below. This covers the Core Ideas of Socialism.

All resources Socialism Jenkins

The Origins and History of Socialism Lecture slides


Dear 12 Attlee, read pages 298 – 307 and complete the slides 22 – 37 on the ppt below. This covers the Tensions between strands of socialism and the core thinkers.

All resources Socialism Jenkins (2)






Britpolitics is an excellent website with information on many different aspects of the course:          https://www.britpolitics.co.uk/