1) The Prime Minister should be elected by the entire country. The ability to stand for Prime Minister should not be restricted to party leaders, or to politicians. If the country elects Stephen Fry, that is our right. We should also be able to choose whether we want, for example, David Cameron or William Hague to lead the country, if we wish to do so. Why should the ability to choose who is best to run the country be restricted to political parties. Anyone should be able to stand if they have 1000 nominations, including at least one from 90% of constituencies. The Prime Minister should not be a constituency MP – they should be able to see everything from a national viewpoint, but their constituency still has a right to representation. If the Prime Minister resigns, he should stay in situ until another election has been called (a lot of jobs require 3 months notice) – if he has to go quicker (eg death or ill health), provision can be put in for a deputy until an election is called

 

2) There should be more than one choice per party at a general election. If as a member of an electorate we support a particular party, but do not feel our MP has done a good job (but they haven't done anything bad enough to be thrown out of the party, they may be just ineffective), we are disenfranchised – we either have to choose somebody we do not feel is doing the job properly, or somebody we do not support, or we have to sacrifice our right to vote. If a party stands in more than 10% of seats in a region, they should have to put up more than one candidate, and the electorate can rank them. (This would also mean that if a Prime Minister was elected for a constituency, the next choice could be elected as constituency MP)

 

3) The party manifestos should include the first Queen's Speech and Budget – and these should be legally binding. The manifesto is our contract with our elected representative, and as such should be regarded with that gravitas. The ruling party must be legally required to give the opposition any relevant information.

Why is this idea important?

Everybody should have a say in who runs the country. By implementing the changes I have suggested, it should lead to more debate as, for example, David Cameron and William HAgue have to explain the differences between their policies/leadership styles, and we would have to learn to tell the Milibands apart. More would be said about policy and less about style. We would be able to elect the best person to run the country and not the most telegenic.

 

Local politicians may learn to canvass again. They may learn that although it is our right to vote for them, it is their priviledge to receive that vote. We would actually get a choice.

 

We would also have more idea what we were voting for. At the last election, everybody said there would be cuts, but nobody said where. We had the right to say we valued service A over service B, and would pay more tax to preserve service C, but nobody gave us that opportunity.

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