reply to post by Timetraveller
Actually, in England it's called a "Constitutional Monarchy", where the Monarch, while they have veto power over laws that Parliament passes,
rarely (if ever) acts on this power. The position of Monarch is actually very ceremonial in nature, there is no real power in the position.
The elected Prime Minister makes the decisions, and the leader of the largest party in the House of Commons usually becomes Prime Minister. Because
there are more than two major parties, sometimes (such as now) a coalition of parties becomes necessary to obtain a parliamentary majority. In rare
times, such as World War II, elected officials from ALL parties form a ruling party. The Prime Minister is an elected member of Parliament, usually
the leader of his or her party, and is still responsible for constituents in his or her home district.
It's a very different system from that in the USA, where the President is NOT the leader of his (there has NEVER been a "her") party, nor an
elected member of either Congress or the Senate. As such, he is NOT a representative within his own Government, other than the "Commander in
Chief". He is also not responsible for any constituents other than the overall running of the country.
In the USA, the President swears to "protect and defend the CONSTITUTION of the United States", he does NOT swear to protect and defend its people
However, the United Kingdom is the only country in the world whose national anthem is about a PERSON, not about a COUNTRY or a FLAG.
The President of the United States is also not DIRECTLY elected. While people vote for either the of the candidates, they actually are only making
recommendations to the Electoral College, who then decide the outcome of the election (unless it's a single judge in Florida). This is far from
being DIRECTLY elected. The electorate only make recommendations to the Electoral College based on the outcome of their votes, but the EC actually
has the power to vote any way they please.
And you laugh at the so called "English Democracy", while letting the power of a few thousand people the so called "Electoral College" decide the
fate of millions.