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Exercise 1


 

Pressure Groups

What are pressure groups?

  • Organisations of people who believe in the same cause
  • They have strongly held views and wish to influence some aspect of society
  • Groups of people working together usually have more effect than individuals

What rights do pressure groups have?

  • They have the right to criticise the government
  • They have the right to hold meetings
  • They have the right to protest
  • They have the right to make their views known by using the media

What responsibilities do pressure groups have?

  • They have the responsibility to base their criticism on fact
  • Meetings should be peaceful and legal
  • They should inform the local authorities and the police when they are making a protest
  • They have a responsibility not to intimidate

What methods do pressure groups use?

  • Internet - email and web sites
  • Letters
  • Lobbying
  • Petitions
  • Demonstrations
  • Mass media campaigns (T.V., radio and newspapers)

What are some pressure groups?

  • Shelter - aim to help homeless people
  • Amnesty international - defends human rights
  • Greenpeace - campaigns on environmental issues
  • CBI (Confederation of British Industry) - promotes business interests
  • TUC (Trade Unions) - promotes workers interests
  • ASH (Action on Smoking Health) - anti-smoking group
  • FORREST - pro smoking group

     

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