Parliamentary Elections Shall Be "Party-free"

All too often, politicians lack any independent thought and only espouse the party manifesto.  By doing this, people tend to vote for a party-candidate as opposed to voting for the person based on their own individuals' credentials.  The consequence of this is that Westminster only has a small number of major parties, thus a small number of perspectives on the issues.  If anyone today runs as an independent candidate or as a small party candidate, they might be viewed by the public as being a rogue candidate and thus lose the election.

By having the candidates be "party-free", people can't vote for the Tory candidate, or the Labour, or the Lib Dem, or the UKIP, etc..., rather they will vote for Candidate X for his or her credentials.  The likely scenario is that by removing the label of a party affiliation, the public will need to actually pay attention to the issues and make their selection based on the candidates individual qualifications (as opposed to "blind-faith" of a party line).

With this proposal, the natural follow-up question is how would the PM and the Cabinet be chosen?  I would say that the PM position would be its own seat for election that would be voted upon UK-wide.  As for the Cabinet, for purposes of this proposal, they can either be sitting MP's, or MP's who must resign the MP position to be in the Cabinet, and/or private sector individuals.  (I want to hear what the LSE groups thoughts are on this).   

I understand this proposal might face a "freedom of association" legal challenge by essentially banning party labels, but are party politics contrary to good public policy?

Any thoughts?

edited on Feb 15, 2015 by Nicholas Charalambides
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