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The Houses of Parliament, London. 1

Britain reformed its Undemocratic Upper House a Century Ago

One happy result of placing all power in one body that cannot shift it’s responsibility to anyone else is that British people vote in elections, since their representative in Parliament may literally determine what is and isn’t law in the U.K. Since the soldiers returned from World War I, voter turnout in national elections has never been lower than 59.4%. After all, if you live in a so-called “marginal constituency,” your choice for “M.P.” may not only decide which party makes all the laws, but who becomes prime minister, since the P.M. is the leader of the party with the most seats in Commons.