politicians not quite so out of touch, after all

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Today's independent mentions the forthcoming Rochester by election will start out with selecting the Tory candidate.   But instead of awarding  what was always a job-for-life safe seat in accordance with the wishes of the selection clique in the local party office, they will poll all the voters of all parties, offering the chance to choose between  two finalists.   Both are women and both are local.  That seems to show what  all parties could do, and could have done for generations, but only if they could be bothered.   Only if they couldn't take their safe seats for granted.   Only if they take the trouble to conceal their contempt for voters

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But instead of awarding  what was always a job-for-life safe seat in accordance with
the wishes of the selection clique in the local party office

Constituency offices, if strong enough, sometimes defied Central dictates.  Central Office don't like that.

they will poll all the voters of all parties, offering the chance to choose between  two finalists.
When did this country formally become the USA?
That's a procedure very open to abuse and manipulation -- actually worse than the present situation.

Consistent with today's rigged and stage-managed show "conferences"... a  guarantee of even more fudge, lies and equivocation.

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Offering voters the choice of two party candidates, either of whom will obey the party line completely if elected doesn't seem any better than letting party members decide which of the two to put up for election. 
The party will have chosen two people they believe they can trust to obey party leadership, so they have nothing to lose by giving the electorate the illusion of choice.