Having direct elections for the Prime Minister will not solve the problem of having ‘safe’ seats or areas because there will always be areas which are crucial since they could swing either way. Another advantage seen by a change in the electorate system would be the simplification of national politics for the future and developing generations. It would provide a much easier system to understand and interpret, two candidates, one question: Who do you want to become Prime Minister? Therefore, hopefully, this change in system would increase young people to become more politically involved and many people, who are frozen out and unable to fully understand the current complex system, would actually be able to put their own views forward and shape how the country is governed. Furthermore, this should cause an increase in voters, largely, because it should increase the feeling that each vote counts rather than if you favour a party which is opposing a constituency where another party holds a safe seat. An increase in the number of people voting is hugely beneficial because it creates a much greater representation of what the whole nation thinks and wants to happen.
Overall, perhaps a change in vote for Prime Minister will be too brash for many conservative thinkers and is unlikely to be passed or voted in. However, the clear problem at hand, that the Prime Minister having too much power, can be tackled in alternative ways. For instance, many view a codified UK constitution being able to limit the Prime Minister’s power effectively and make sure the House of Commons is the body which is actually passing the laws and notions put forward by the PM rather than just nodding its head at everything the Prime Minister wants due to the majority their party holds.
Contributed by Joshua Graham