Study Cards on government, responsibility, people

About how many people are normally members of the cabinet in Britain?
twenty
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How many political parties normally form the government in Britain?
one
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?? = is seen as a bad idea. Government is usually run by 1 party that has majority, but if that's not possible this is formed.
Coalition government
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What is the name of the government department that looks after financiel matters?
the treasury
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What is "collective responsibility"
By convention, no member of the government can criticize government policy in public, a member who does so has to resign.
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What is the name of the government minister who deals with safety inside Britain?
The Home Secretary 
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What means "collective responsibility" in the single-party government?
Every member of the government shares in responsibility for every policy of the government even if (s)he did not take part in making it. If you have a different opinion, you have to keep this private: you cannot critisize government policy in public.
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What is the name of the PM's official country residence?
chequers
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The minister in charge of Britain's relations with the outside world is called...
Foreign Secretary (the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
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What phrase is commonly used to denote the PM, his or her closest advisers and the cabinet office?
Downing Street 
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The minister who is in charge of public safety inside Britain is called...
The Home Secretary (the Home Office)
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What phrase is commonly used in the british media to denote senior civil servants and other government administrators?
Whitehall
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The minister of Finance, who is head of the Treasury is called...
Chancellor of the Exchequer
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What are Middlesex, cornwall and Yorkshire?
counties
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What is the smallest unit of local government in Britain?
parish
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What is the name of the convention that no member of the government can disagree with any government policy?
collective responsibility
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Why does Britain have a single-party-government, and what does it mean? 
It means that all members of government belong to the same political party. This has helped to establish collective responsibility: every member shares in responsibility for every policy of the government.
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Which of these people has not been PM of the UK? Tony Blair, Ken Livingstone, Margaret Thatcher.
Ken Livingstone
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What are the two meanings of government?
  1. All the politicians who run government departments or have other special responsibilities;
  2. Only the most powerful politicians, which are the Prime Minister and the other members of the cabinet.
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The power to appoint people to all kinds of jobs and to confer honours on people
patronage
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When government ministers are told to swap jobs by the PM
cabinet reshuffle
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Use a weapon such as a sword with the hands 
wield
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A person who abuses, threatens, and generally dominates other people
bully
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The distribution of powers away from central government towards local communities
develution
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People whose job is to collect rubbish from outside houses
dustmen
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