Foreign News: HOW BRITISH ELECTIONS WORK

Last week's general election meant as much to Britons as a combined election of President, House of Representatives and full Senate would mean to Americans. So far as the national government is concerned, a vote for a member of Parliament is a vote for the whole works.

In seven centuries of jurisdictional thrust and parry, the House of Commons has whittled away the executive prerogatives of the British monarchy, broken the House of Lords to the rank of a disregarded auxiliary, and concentrated in its own hands the two branches of government which the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!