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Is it important to live in a democracy?

* Harry Jachuck

* Eastbourne College

* Year 13 (final year of high school)

Why do we have democracy? We have it because we believe it’s fair. We have it because we believe it can make us prosperous. We have it because we believe it guarantees peace.

In the West, it is generally held up as the cornerstone of a civilised society. It is pushed as the only way in which a country can effectively serve the interests of the populace – an idea stretching back to…

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