Should there be more than one Prime Minister per country?

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Should there be more than one Prime Minister per country?

(By happy_politics and awesome_vegetable)

As we know, there is currently only one Prime Minister ruling a country at a time. However, should this be the case? Or would two be more be beneficial?

There should be more than one prime ministers minister because:

  • Everybody's minds work in a different way and everyone has a slightly different opinion. Having two minds to work together would help to make the right decision.
  • There are different political parties and having two different parties may level out close results.
  • People have a higher chance of getting the Prime Minister they voted for, so then there will be less disagreements.

There should not be two Prime Ministers because:

  • There would be a lot of struggles for power as most people like to be able to have their decision taken into action.
  • When a general election is held, there are normally two or more people to vote for as a Politician. With a election for PM, the whole country votes for a PM. That means there may be some close decisions with three people. That would lead to arguments as to which two people will become PM.

These are our reasons as to what will make our decision.

Now, time for our opinion!

awesome_vegetable: I think there should be two Prime Ministers as it would help to make an informed decision. Having two PMs instead of one would also keep the public happy as they have a higher chance of having the person they voted for.

happy_politics: I do not think there should be two Prime Ministers as there may be more disagreements as to what they want to do. There will also be a fight for who has the most power and why.

Thank you for reading!

awesome_vegetable, happy_politics.

Comments (42)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    28 Jan 2020

    Thanks for this post. It's great to hear the arguments before your personal opinions. I wonder if you could support your reasons by including examples? Can you find examples where there have been joint leaders, and evaluate whether this went well?

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    1. Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
      Olivia @ the BNC's comment 28 Jan 2020

      Israel has a substitute Prime Minister as well as a normal Prime Minister. The substitute will take the PM's place until another new Prime Minister is elected. There is a main politician per political party,

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    2. Hammond School logo happy_politics | Hammond Junior School A
      Olivia @ the BNC's comment 09 Feb 2020

      This was not taken well because people did not vote for the substitute, they voted for the Prime Minister. This means their decisions over who should be PM were ignored, therefore they did not take it well.

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  • Hammond School logo friendly_twilight | Hammond Junior School A
    28 Jan 2020

    YesI think there should be two Prime Ministers because it would much more easy to handle problems and if a Prime minster dose not turn up to a meeting or an important place the other Prime Minister can go there to sort out the problem and tell the second Prime Minister what happened to the meeeting and stuff this is why think there should be two Prime Minsters

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    1. John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg active_mouse | John Ray Junior School
      friendly_twilight's comment 28 Jan 2020

      i agree with you as one prime minister can do a different job and if one prime minister is ill or cant attend a meeting the
      an the other prime ministers can.

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  • Hammond School logo skillful_skill | Hammond Junior School A
    28 Jan 2020

    I think there should be another Prime Minister because they are struggling to cope with all the hustle with Brexit and all.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School candid_guava | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    28 Jan 2020

    if there were two people would have not much power

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  • Hammond School logo hilarious_fruit | Hammond Junior School A
    28 Jan 2020

    I think that there should only be one or no prime minister per country.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School healthy_deer | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    28 Jan 2020

    I THINK THERE SHOULD JUST BE THE ONE BECAUSE FIGHTS MIGHT START.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg jolly_frog | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    28 Jan 2020

    I think there should be two prime minster

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_duck | John Ray Junior School
    28 Jan 2020

    I agree I think it will cause more hassle if we have two pm’s we will just cause arguments because everyone will want to be pm

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg modest_donkey | John Ray Junior School
    28 Jan 2020

    I believe that having two Prime Ministers would benefit the country because they could split the jobs between them. One could sort out the education and health matters and the other could sort out the politics side of things.
    However, having two Prime Ministers would result in mayhem as they would both disagree with each other.
    Over all, I think that one Prime Minister is enough because it would cause chaos.

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_dusk | John Ray Junior School
    28 Jan 2020

    I think that there should be more than one Prime Minister. This is because if two Prime Ministers ruled, it would be easier to take care of different country (i.e NHS, education etc) One Minister could make decisions concerning Politics and more Global things while the other could control more educational and health-related issues. This would help to cover more issues and help the country more.

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    1. John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_duck | John Ray Junior School
      fearless_dusk's comment 04 Feb 2020

      i do agree because that would help this country a lot

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    28 Jan 2020

    I do not think their should be be more than one prime minister per country. I think this because:
    Firstly, there would be lot of disagreement and as a result there would be a lack of productivity, this means that laws might not be passed as quickly and therefore there will be more tension and due to this there will be lots of arguments. I will provide two examples to support my argument. The two{or more} prime ministers could disagree on whether university should be free or not, the bill might not be passed as quickly and then other arguments might happen. The two{or more} prime ministers might disagree on whether they should air lift British Citizens out of places in China that have the Corona-virus, lots of arguing will lead to delays and more arguing.
    Secondly, people might not know who to vote for due to the fact that they might disagree with one candidate but agree with the other but they are standing as joint prime minister, this might lead to lots more people than usual spoiling their ballots, this means that candidates could be losing potential votes. I will provide two examples to support my argument. A person could be trying to decide who to vote for and Henry Vanlatrual and John Deleta are standing as candidates together, the person might agree with John Deleta but might not agree with Henry, this person might find it really hard to choose and therefore might not vote whereas if they were standing as candidates for MP separately then the person might find it easier to vote. {these were made-up names}.
    In conclusion, I strongly believe that there should not be more than one PM per country because it would cause disagreement and constituents might find it harder to vote.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 28 Jan 2020

      Excellent reasoning! I imagine that if they were standing together they would agree on most things, but personality could play a part in how voters see them (and whether they like one but not the other)

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    2. Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
      versatile_molecule's comment 31 Jan 2020

      I think there should be more than one Prime Minister as with only one Prime Minister, they would be stuck with one side and may not see the other. However, with more Prime ministers they can all discover the different sides and have an open mind, which is good to have when ruling over a country. Also, the leaders will respect each other (equality) which will bring equality upon the country. If a Prime Minister resigns, the other could take its place. In addition, having multiple Prime Ministers will affect the way laws are made. For example, one of the Prime Minsters may not be as strict as Boris Johnson while the other is harsher than Boris Johnson, but It can vary as we are all different.

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  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    29 Jan 2020

    I think that there should not be two prime ministers running a country. If we use this approach, we will have to deal with new obstacles and face the consequences because of LESS PRODUCTIVITY due to the fact that there are two people who disagree on a certain law. I agree with how versatile_molecule linked this argument with the Corona-virus outbreak- two prime ministers would make it difficult to make decisions to quickly airlift British citizens out of Wuhan and the surrounding areas. To add to this, there is so many critical decisions to make around for politicians to act on, this would mean the two leader's views would be UNCLEAR and SHROUDED IN FOG. This would be a obvious scenario because then you would be looking at the two leader's opinions thinking 'where is the UNITY and FORM?' As Olivia @ the BNC said, personality could play a huge role in how they look at that person as a political figure and as a person too. I can say this with no doubt, because my view on a certain MP was based on their policies, but then I found clips of them talking rudely to interviewers and being very obstinate and over-proud of their laws and not being open-minded at all [I won't name]. You need to know a politician well before taking a view on them. As candid_guava said, if there was two politicians the power would have to be split between them -there cannot be double power! Concluding my argument, I strongly disagree with the fact that there should be two prime ministers, countries need UNITY, PRODUCTIVITY, CLEAR LAWS and FORM.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      genuine_cat's comment 29 Jan 2020

      Well done for linking your argument to what others have already said. It's great to see you building on others' ideas.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg determined_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    29 Jan 2020

    I don't think so because what if one prime minister has a certain opinion and the other has something completely different to say. This could result in a disagreement. Furthermore, maybe a fight or a war that could divide the nation. This is one of the many reasons that could happen.
    Also, when both of these opinions get past on to the MP's they will have to choose one opinion and that will be the final decision. But what will happen to the opinion that was not chosen? This could make the other prime minister angry and frustrated and could lead to world war. So I think it is best to just have one prime minister just to be on the safe side! What do you think? Maybe we should just have a queen or a king instead?

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      determined_orange's comment 30 Jan 2020

      What would the difference be with a king or queen?

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg determined_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    30 Jan 2020

    To Olivia,
    In Britain, we use democracy to make elections and more. But the queen has to remain strictly neutral with respect to political matters. So what will happen if we just made the queen make all of the decisions? When we were doing BNC at school, we were learning about why we should use democracy to vote for elections and etc and many people in my class thought using democracy was the best because when Henry the 8th ruled over Britain, he made strict rules because had to much power to control and soon after many kings of England got out of hand as well. So that meant that if someone has too much power it will go out of hand. The difference between them is that the monarch (a person that is in charge of everything) will have the power to everything and the prime minister can make a decision but it will be passed on to the MP's and they will agree to it or say no! Olivia, I hope you understood why I put that!

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      determined_orange's comment 31 Jan 2020

      Thank you for explaining your viewpoint with reasons and examples!

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg determined_orange | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    30 Jan 2020

    Friendly twilight, your reason was really good because if a prime minister had to take a day off, the other one will take charge. I think that was a really good reason.

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    31 Jan 2020

    I think there should be more than one Prime Minister as with only one Prime Minister, they would be stuck with one side and may not see the other. However, with more Prime ministers they can all discover the different sides and have an open mind, which is good to have when ruling over a country. Also, the leaders will respect each other (equality) which will bring equality upon the country. If a Prime Minister resigns, the other could take its place. Besides, having multiple Prime Ministers will affect the way laws are made. For example, one of the Prime Minsters may not be as strict as Boris Johnson while the other is harsher than Boris Johnson, but It can vary as we are all different. Another quality of having more than one prime minister is that their reasoning is more effective than one prime minister's reasoning, which will give them more of a chance of winning an argument.

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    1. Hammond School logo awesome_vegetable | Hammond Junior School A
      memorable_orchard's comment 12 Feb 2020

      I agree with you memorable_orchard there should be more than one prime minster

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  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    01 Feb 2020

    There should definitely should not be 2 Prime Ministers because.

    Firstly, there would be a lot of tension and confusion over who will run the country out of the 2 Prime Ministers. Because there would have to be 2 people from different parties, the 2 leaders would divide the country and this is how tension would start. Both sets of people who support certain parties and had 1 of the Prime Ministers would be outraged if their party wasn’t getting a say even though they have been voted for. This would create confusion because no one would know who is able to get their way. A few years ago, the conservatives didn’t have a majority and joined up with the Liberal Democrats. The Liberal Democrats lost supporters because they hadn’t stayed true to their policies.

    In addition to this, I think that it would be a waste of time voting for 2 Prime Ministers because, the one with the biggest majority would mainly lead and the second place would just be the leader of the opposition. It would be a waste of time trying to get a second Prime Minister, when they would just be doing the same thing as before.

    Finally, the leaders would have to be open minded and have less impact on the country’s future than they would like. Their personalities would clash, like Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbin. Imagine them both leading together and how many arguments they would have if they had the same level of power. I think it would be terrible. The result of this would be their followers clashing and the country having several riots against the other party.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      determined_shrimp's comment 03 Feb 2020

      Good reasoning show, well done!

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg buzzing_atom | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    03 Feb 2020

    In my opinion,there should not be two prime ministers per country.If there was wouldn't there be to much chaos?My first reason is that two people with different ideas and the same level of power would have arguments if they disagreed with one another.Imagine them both trying to lead a country together if the couldn't stop arguing.My second reason is their ideas.Like I said above they would probably have two different ideas and would most likely disagree.If they try to make two things happen at once because they have the same level of power our country or anyone's country could all start to argue because they all agree and disagree with the prime ministers.Based on what i said above the prime ministers could really disagree and split the country up and people would probably choose their own side and that would probably start a civil war.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      buzzing_atom's comment 03 Feb 2020

      Well done for giving good reasons, although if they were from the same party would the risk be lower?

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg incredible_meerkat | Graveney School
    03 Feb 2020

    There should not be more than 1 Prime Minister.

    Firstly, there would be confusion and tension on whose running the country out of the prime ministers. As there would be people from different parties, they will have to divide the country and this is how tension starts. Both people will have certain people to support and then 1 of the Prime Ministers would be disappointed and angry if they were picked to shine and they never had an opportunity to say or even do what they were planning. This will know create confusion as know one knows what they are supposed to do. on top of that, i think it is a waste if time and a worry because the one with the most amount of votes would be in the main lead and second place would be the leader of the opposite team. it is just a waste of time as they will be repeating it again ,and again, and again. Just imagine Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn ruling together. It would be terrible. The country would be against several riots.

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    1. Hammond School logo awesome_vegetable | Hammond Junior School A
      incredible_meerkat's comment 14 Feb 2020

      Good reasons incredible_meerkat but I completely disagree with you,I think that there should be twoPrime Ministers because as me and happy_politics have explained that two people will make a better team and will work together nicely.To concluded I think that there should be two Prime Ministers as it would work smoothly.

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  • St Lukes logo emotional_fruit | St. Luke's C of E Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    I DO NOT TTHINK THERE SHOULD BE MORE THAN 1 PRIME MINISTER

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      emotional_fruit's comment 05 Feb 2020

      Can you tell us why?

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  • St Lukes logo emotional_fruit | St. Luke's C of E Primary School
    04 Feb 2020

    if One prime minister had an opinion and the other had a different opinion it could start an argument and more people could join in and start war and hate against the nations.

    People will start hating the country of what the prime minister grew up in and will start another war because that was the country that taught the prime minister, and then the people form the other country will not only start a war with the prime minister it will also start a war with the country the prime minister lives in.

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    1. Hammond School logo awesome_vegetable | Hammond Junior School A
      emotional_fruit's comment 12 Feb 2020

      Nice work emotional_fruit’s but can’t they work as a team not everybody disagrees with eachover so it could work out well

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg warm_fig | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    07 Feb 2020

    yes so each country should have there own dissishon about what to do

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  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg focused_panther | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
    07 Feb 2020

    Personally, i don't think there should be more than one prime-minister in one country incase they don't nessaserily agree on certain things like brexit for example. Then the public would back one of the prime ministers up and write complaints about the other. It will cause a bigger argument than. If there was only one, their people will be on the same side together

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    1. Hammond School logo awesome_vegetable | Hammond Junior School A
      focused_panther's comment 12 Feb 2020

      I agree with you focused_panther well done

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  • Hammond School logo spirited_pear | Hammond Junior School A
    12 Feb 2020

    I think there should because if one makes a decision then the other can agree or dissagree. Also things can get done double because two are at it but if they have a fight the country will fall to bits.

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