Rodney Brazier: No Way to Pick a PM

UK Constitutional Law Association

And so the United Kingdom has a new Prime Minister, replacing one who, having besmirched the office, had been forced out.  The Conservatives took almost eight weeks to choose Liz Truss.  That saga resembled a presidential election, not least in the televised debates that were occasionally as unedifying as they were uninformative, and notoriously in some of the vicious briefings given by unnamed allies of the candidates about their opponents.  Not for the first time the British parliamentary system surrendered the choice of premier to a small section of the British electorate.  But their preference was not the same as that of Tory MPs, who had consistently voted for Rishi Sunak as their first choice.    

It is for the political parties to decide how to elect their leaders. But should the votes of others than MPs be part of their electoral systems? I think not, and I never have…

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