Friday, 2 September 2022
Voting Closed? It Was Never Open
It is neither constitutional monarchy nor parliamentary democracy for Crown and Parliament to cede the power to choose the Prime Minister to the paying members of a private club of children and foreign nationals. While in 2019, party members elected the candidate who had led in every round among Conservative MPs, Liz Truss has never led in any. In the last, she took 113 votes, 31.6 per cent. Taking the House of Commons as a whole, that was 17.38 per cent.
Before appointing this Prime Minister, the Queen should put the name to a Yes-No ballot of all Conservative MPs. If the majority voted Yes, then let that be honoured. If not, then the same question should be put to a division of the House of Commons. Most Opposition parties have no parliamentary representation, and only in the most wildly improbable circumstances could any install its Leader as Prime Minister without a General Election. But when that office were guaranteed to be assumed by a party's Leader, then the shortlist of two determined by its MPs should be submitted to an election among all registered parliamentary electors in the United Kingdom. No party could afford that. But the State could.