So David Cameron resigns, at the end of September, and the Conservative Party MPs and members will get to decide who the next Prime Minster of the United Kingdom will be. So far the list of candidates are a list of people who none of us would want to lead the United Kingdom. So far we have Theresa May, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove, Liam Fox and Stephen Crabb but the money appears to be on May. They are all a disaster frankly and to be honest a living nightmare come true.
Because we live in a parliamentary democracy the party in power chooses their own leader when one stands down, rightly, but that leader then becomes Prime Minster without a vote of the wider public. That cannot be right, basically 330 Conservative MPs and 150,000 members get to decide the new Prime Minster. There are roughly 46,000,000 voters in the UK but basically 150,330 will get to decide, 0.32% of those eligible to vote will choose the new Prime Minister. That is just not right.
Any new Prime Minister should have to make an offer to the people and then the people should decide if that offer is good enough. Now I know that the Fixed Term Parliament Act is a barrier to this, the Act states
“A general election takes place every 5 years on the first Thursday in May. An early election is only possible if (a) the House of Commons passes (by a simple majority) the motion ‘That this House has no confidence in Her Majesty’s Government’ and, within 14 days, a new or reconstituted government has not achieved passage of the motion ‘That this House has confidence in Her Majesty’s Government’; or (b) the House, by unanimity or, on a division, by a two-thirds majority of all MPs (not simply two-thirds of those voting) passes the motion ‘That there shall be an early general election’.”
The Fixed Term Parliament Act was brought in by the Liberal Democrats, remember them, they were the Tory poodles led by Nick no use whatsoever Clegg and the Conservatives in 2011 establishing 5 year minimum terms. Obviously Clegg wanted the full 5 years of chauffeur driven cars. Amendments to limit the Act to 4 year terms were rejected by the Government. The Government even sighted the Act as a response to a public petition signed by over 100,000 people demanding a General Election after the Panama Papers scandal, making the threshold for a parliamentary debate, but using the Act to reject this demand.
Putting aside how shit this Government is and the Act, many Tories will refer to the Act as demand for a General Election picks up pace, it is no longer acceptable in this day and age for a Prime Minister to be decided in this way. It’s bad enough that the Government now sits for 5 years, but this Act like the Representation of the People Act 1983 that protected Alistair the liar Carmichael are in my opinion undemocratic. They consolidate power more into the hands of those that I believe have been shown to abuse it, MP’s in Westminster.
How much longer do we allow our democracy to be the play thing of the few, we need a written constitution and when Cameron stands down a General Election. We are now living in the most dysfunctional political times this country has ever seen, well since the last Government anyway, and to leave the choice of Prime Minister to be decided by 150,330 people is simply wrong.