Danniel Hannan says this about the primary selection method:
Once one party adopts open primaries, the others will more or less have to follow. People won't realise it for a while, but today has changed British politics – changed it utterly, permanently and benignly. Dr Wollaston's victory is a giant step towards making our government accountable to the people.
He notes that the Tory primary drew a surprising large percentage of total voters in the constituency:
Twenty-five per cent of voters took part in the poll – a higher figure than some full by-elections have registered. That this should have happened at a time of general political alienation is extraordinary.
The article points out the advantages of an open primary system:
- A big chunk of the electorate had made the doctor "their candidate" – this made her a formidable opponent when the election for the MP rolled around.
- She had a massive media headstart over the other parties candidates in the general election.
- The electorate chose her, not party apparatchiks.