YOUR correspondent

Alan Foyle ('Will of the people bypassed when choosing PM')

is somewhat selective in deciding when he wishes the democratic process to apply and when he doesn't.

Mr Foyle claims "that 92,000 Tory party members ... elected Boris Johnson as Prime Minister was an outrage to the democratic process".

As I am sure Mr Foyle knows, the Prime Minister isnot elected. Rather, the Prime Minister is appointed by the monarch, usually on the recommendation of the outgoing Prime Minister, on the basis they are the person most likely to be able to command a majority in the House of Commons.

What the 92,000 Conservative party members elected was a new leader of their party, not a new Prime Minister.

I am sure Mr Foyle would have no objection is the Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson, were appointed Prime Minister by the Queen in the unlikely event she met the criteria, even though she was elected by even fewer people than Mr Johnson.

But then, later in the same letter, Mr Foyle asserts that "the Brexit project could have been stopped in its infancy if all the centre-left political parties had formed a united coalition".


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So, having previously railed against a perceived "outrage to the democratic process", Mr Foyle would nevertheless advocate Members of Parliament combining to overturn the result of a democratic vote to leave the European Union.

That would be more than an outrage to the democratic process, it would be what is commonly termed a coup by the Remain faction.

Or, as some would term, a 'stab in the back'.

Sadly, some are advocating this, even now.

Still, at least it serves as a timely reminder that the word 'democrat' in the name of the Liberal Democrat party is applied very selectively by liberals.