Quil, are you talking about the political parties in the UK, I suspect, or in the US (in which case you don't know what you're talking about). But as an outsider, I think that you have two major parties Labor & Tory, but I know that there are several smaller parties.
I was refering to the UK, but the 'cap' may fit over there too.
What disturbs me, is that you don't seem to have any system where the people can express their views in a meaningful way--no regularly scheduled elections, and no way to turn the party in power out, as far as I can see, baring a vote of no confidence (is that right?). I'm rather disturbed by the fact that you seem to have an "inherited PM" now and while the US is looking at some type of major change (for the better one hopes), is there anything similar going on in the UK? Is there any way for the people to initiate this?
We have regular elections, just as you have, and like you guys, we generally end up with the party we least dislike winning. We are not to happy about the inherited PM, but hey, no-one seems to care that much, because there is little we can do about it anyway.
Obviously the example with which you started this is ridiculous--and suggests that there need to be some changes in public policy. We have our own shade of ridiculous--at least in my judgment. A 72 year old fighter pilot turned senator with a woman with 2 years experience in governing a state, no ideas or experience on foreign policy or really on national issues, and quite far right conservative as far as most women in this country. The thought of her stepping into the Presidency when she met her first foreign leader (in her whole life) today at a short conference while the President of Afghanistan was at the UN with no press permitted --scares the hell out of me.
The example with which I started this is not ridiculous, but a brief history of events in the 60's, thank you.
And to be honest, while they would not be my choice, a 72 year old Senator and a novice Alaskan Govenor might have some merit over past options that you have had. For example, a Hollywood B movie actor and a Peanut Farmer.
At least over here, we have career politicians to select from at election times.
But we are doing something about changing things, and other than gripe, is there a way for you all to as a nation force a new election?
In a word - NO.
As long as our political viewpoint is guided by the 'red top press' and Murdoch TV, there is absolutely no hope for us.
'Grumpy old man' enough for you?
"If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?"
(T.H.Huxley - 1877)