Who chooses the Prime Minister?
David Cameron on Andrew Marr (2 May 2010) condemns Proportional Representation, saying:
It’s not the voter choosing the prime-minister
No David, it’s not – but neither is First Pass the Post (FPTP). FPTP makes a few voters very important in electing the MPs in the marginals – and that determines which party has the lotto majority in the House of Commons. The House of Commons then (by not voting down a government in a no confidence debate), selects the Prime Minister (the person “most able to command a majority”).
Proportional Representation makes a better job of choosing the House of Commons, and more of the voters matter. Under STV around 80% of votes matter – in all constituencies. (see previous thread)
If Cameron really wants “the voters to elect the Prime Minister”, let him propose a Presidential System. Unless he does that he is just being sanctimonious, two-faced, and self-interested (i.e. a politician) in his attitude to PR.