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So UKNs directly elect the PM now?

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by Cat on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 01:53:18 AM EST
Technically no, but in practice UK elections are becoming increasingly "Presidential" where people vote for the local candidate of the party/party leader they like most. The often don't know the local candidate anyway - and who could be from somewhere else entirely.

This is in contrast to Ireland where most people still vote for the local candidate they like most, often despite their party affiliation or leader. Local candidates must almost invariably come from and live in the local constituency and be well known personally and do lots of advocacy work within local communities.

This is often decried as "clientalism" with people elected to high office for helping people with their welfare/housing/employment problems rather than for their knowledge or expertise as legislators or administrators of large government departments.

The Dail is therefore filled with large numbers of public facing professionals - teachers, publicans, solicitors, auctioneers - with few specialist legislative or management skills. That said, the system increases the connection between many people and the political process and reduces political alienation within the country as a whole.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 11:32:34 AM EST
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Now, and since decades ago. Given the established convention that the PM is the leader of the party in the Commons that is capable of passing legislation and of governing, the focus of general elections is on party leaders. Some voters vote on local or single-issue grounds, but most are voting first and foremost for the next PM.

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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Wed Dec 11th, 2019 at 02:45:16 PM EST
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