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aOne of the striking things about the dozens of speeches honoring Her Majesty the Queen in the wake of her death is how clearly those given by two of the three other Prime Ministers in the House of Commons have influenced her fellow Parliamentarians. This was not surprising. They were strong and honest in their words and delivery.

The occasion of Her Majesty’s death gave rise to the quality of a statesman in the House of Commons: the ability to rise above the party and speak to the entire House, to the whole nation, where we together make a national monument. Former prime ministers, in particular, are able to do so because they are no longer in the kingdom’s cockpit. This gives them something that Liz Truss lacks.

Our political culture throws former leaders into the historical trash

The former prime ministers who have remained in Parliament are given something very special. In the United States, he said, there is a unique presidential vote given to those in the highest office. In the UK, former prime ministers may be awarded alone, if they take the time to find them. It is especially remarkable that Theresa May, who was said to have had no personality when she was in office, certainly had personality in her speech. Her presentation of her story about cheese being dumped on Balmoral grounds provoked her fellow Parliament members into an uproar. Clearly, losing her leadership gave her something. People who commented on clips of him online lamented her lack of that quality when she was in the position: not just the character, but staturethe kind that the late queen represented.

One thing may have been overlooked in the weeks since her death. This is the fact that this is the first time in British political history that two former Prime Ministers sit on the same side of the same room in Parliament. This is a resource that must be exploited. But our political culture is not in their interest. It encourages to send all previous leaders to the historical trash and to be on the lookout for the next stage, even if the current incumbent has only been in the position for a short time. Each new leader brings his own (or shadow) cabinet ministers; Others are dispensed with, despite experience, and perhaps prestige. The absence of a king in power for as long as anyone can remember will provide us with an opportunity to reflect on that.

Alec Douglas Home, prime minister, albeit briefly, from 1963 until 1964, reprized his role as Secretary of State under Ted Heath. He was the last former Prime Minister to serve in the Cabinet, although Arthur Balfour, Stanley Baldwin, Ramsey MacDonald, and Neville Chamberlain had done so earlier in the 20th century. Lord Rosebery, himself a former prime minister, noted that allowing such people to return to government was a “passing and dangerous luxury”. That may be the case, and there are reasons why it may be difficult for Cabinet to run with them at the moment. This didn’t stop James Cleverly from suggesting that Liz Truss could appoint Boris Johnson to her Cabinet, although, of course, that didn’t happen.

It undermines the conservative brand

The problem is deeper than that. It is not that previous Conservative prime ministers have not been called up to serve in the Cabinet. Their former classmates are not. There are no fewer than seven deputies, of the same class as the current prime minister, who once held one of three major posts in the state and no longer sits around the top table. This is an unprecedented number. If Liz Truss really thinks that Number 10 has become “too presidential” and that we “need cabinet ministers with authority and responsibility for what they deliver,” she should think about it; About the authority of her predecessors, and her competitors such as Rishi Sunak. It may be a combination of them that can help the Conservative Party unite and serve the nation.

Unfortunately, you didn’t. The consequences of this may include strengthening the case for proportional representation – because as we continue to see Tory leaders come without elections and change their entire Cabinet, which may provide some semblance of continuity in the executive branch of government, things start to appear increasingly undemocratic. That the Conservative Party is complicit in distorting our constitutional system in its quest, once again, for a quick fix for reform: a new prime minister and a new government, is scandalous, if anything. It undermines the conservative brand.

There have been four Conservative prime ministers now in just over six years. This rate of transformation is also unprecedented and undermines confidence. Furthermore, Queen Elizabeth II, our broadcaster especially due to her longevity, has died. The Conservative Party could climb to the target at this point, but the question arises: Now many of the party’s MPs have been kicked out of the Cabinet, what do they want to do if they can’t even sustain that.

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