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People do win, but only if they have an exceptionally strong local following, or a very strong national one, or if they're standing in opposition to the reigning party and there's enough local feeling to give it a poke in the eye.

There will be a handful of seats like this in every election.

But otherwise - yes, the party selection process is completely sealed and authoritarian, and will ruthlessly disenfranchise anyone with a dissenting opinion.

But the flip side of it is that once someone has been elected, it's hard to deselect them without setting up a very contrived challenge.9

Someone canny with good acting skills might be able to game the system by pretending to believe one thing while believing something very different.

If they were really good at acting they might even get to be prime minister.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Jun 5th, 2009 at 05:36:58 PM EST
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