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11 May 2010
The unelected Prime Minister myth
As negotiations between Labour and Liberal to create a government proceed apace, your friendly old Exile has one favour to ask. Could people please stop yacking about how the resignation of Gordon Brown could lead to a second unelected Prime Minister being installed?

The simple truth is that no Prime Minister is ever elected. They are all appointed by the Crown on the basis that they can command a majority in the House of Commons. Why the Commons and not the Lords? Basically because money bills start in the Commons, that's why. So a Prime Minister does not have to sit in the Commons, he can sit in the Lords, but his party must have a majority of the votes in the Commons, either alone or in a coalition.

Since this has always been the case, the argument that Brown is an unelected PM is nothing more nor less than a load of old wank.

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4 Comments:

Hang them all!

11 May 2010 at 14:29  

Kill off once and for all the opportunistic blather, which would be constitutionally illiterate if those spouting it had that excuse, about "an unelected Prime Minister". Let the shortlist of two candidates for Leader produced by Labour's internal processes be submitted to a final, binding ballot of every registered voter in the United Kingdom.

11 May 2010 at 21:38  

The party which won the fewer number of votes should provide the candidates for PM? Is that the political acumen on offer from the British Peoples Alliance?

11 May 2010 at 23:04  

You can't read, can you, Anonymous?You probably voted Lib Dem. Hope you are pleased with yourself.

12 May 2010 at 15:01  

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