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The case for an entirely new way of picking the prime minister

As the constitutional crisis mounts, there is more reason than ever to think the House of Commons itself should choose the next PM

By Andrew Adonis  

Photo: SIMON DAWSON/WPA Rota/Press Association Images

Catastrophically poor national leadership lies behind British populism and Brexit. Since Tony Blair, every prime minister has been worse than the last, and Boris Johnson is worst of the lot. Add in the five parallel leaders of the opposition—William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Howard, Ed Miliband, Jeremy Corbyn—and you get the worst national leadership team in modern British history.

What went wrong? The fateful decision was taken by both Labour and the Tories when they chose to move from parliamentary democracy to…

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