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Re: This Tory leadership contest

By Baldman12/6 14:19Wed Jun 12 14:19:20 2019In response to Re: This Tory leadership contest

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“Can you just explain what election actually means with particular reference to the need for opposing candidates.”

Ahhh Comrade Stalin, it’s good to see you back.

BTW I wasn’t trying to appear clever. I had no idea who Julian King was.

The cabinet have (pretty much) all been elected to Parliament. In this form of an election the constituents get a choice of a number of candidates in a context that anyone can enter. It’s completely open to you whether you are a millionaire or pauper. Amazing eh?

Then almost everyone who lives in that area gets to directly choose from a range of options who would be the best man or woman for that job. The results are published to the electorate and in 5 years they can remove that person or vote for them again.

From these people who have been through this “election process” a leader is chosen and they organise themselves into an executive. In 5 years time all of them will have to face the people who are impacted by their decisions and explain themselves or lose their jobs.

This is democracy. It’s imperfect, but it’s democracy.

Our European Commissioner never stood in front of the people of Britain (or of the other 27 states). He never had to prove he was better than the other candidates (there were no other candidates). He doesn’t have to go back and explain himself to the people of Britain or the other member states.

All he had to do was to be Cameron’s mate and be uncontroversial enough to be approved by the Parliament. But he doesn’t stand there and be approved by himself in an open vote. No, the whole commission is voted upon together. As a whole.

Here’s a question for you... how many times has the Parliament voted down the Commission?

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