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This Is No Way to Pick a Prime Minister

Britain's process for replacing Theresa May is hard-fought, high-stakes—and completely undemocratic.

For the first time since Britain’s race for prime minister began, the front-runner found himself front and center on Tuesday. It was a short, awkward, and uninspiring BBC debate, but it was noteworthy nonetheless that Boris Johnson, the man most likely to be the next prime minister, agreed to take the stage. After reveling in the public eye for the past two decades, Johnson has been hiding from it in recent days. On the eve of his long-awaited ascent to the nation’s highest office, Johnson has decided to avoid the cameras, the questions, and the people as best he can.

He’s been doing this for good reason—and highlighting a profound problem in the process. There is little incentive, as Johnson well knows, to appear before the public or even to appeal to the public. After all, it will

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