Activity 2: Public opinion and government decisions
By discussing the questions above you are already beginning to think about how government works. Let's go one step further by imagining this:
The government passes a law banning all American TV shows from the end of this week.
2a Write down a list of favourite or well-known TV shows which you wouldn't be allowed to see.
2b Would you agree with a decision to ban American TV shows, or would you oppose it?
2c Write down two reasons for:
- supporting the decision
- opposing the decision.
2d Together with a partner who agrees with your opinion, list what you could do to try to get the decision changed or to persuade the public to support the decision.
2e Who would you need to convince in order to have the law changed (or supported). Copy the table below into your workbook and arrange the words below under the best heading. Add any other groups whose support you think would be important.