The Americanisation of our politics

July 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm 1 comment

Apologies for the sparsity of recent entries folks –  long working hours put blog time at a premuim at present. Also I’m about to disappear off to Tuscany for 3 weeks (on the train) so the quiet spell will continue. Here are some quick thoughts to keep y’all going.

Our new(ish) PM has just been strutting his stuff in Washington, looking a tad uncomfortable to my eyes, eating a hot dog on the street with the NY Mayor. Despite the recent strains on the Speshul Relationship, there’s no hiding the wholesale admiration of Cameron and co for the Stateside political system.

Let me hasten to say – especially to my many relatives on the other side of the pond – that I’m a huge fan of Americana in general and (such a cliché) of the West Wing in particular. I do think we’d do better to emulate some of our Euro neighbours when it comes to political systems though. Here are a few features of the US political system we’re better off without:

  • Primaries (everyone votes, then everyone votes again…what’s to stop you from voting for the worst candidate to sabotage the other side?)
  • The need for obscene personal wealth before you can run for office
  • The two-party system. Yes I know……
  • The unashamed way the lobbyists buy votes
  • The Republicans
  • Most of the Democrats too

Just a thought…see you in Berlusconi territory!


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Gill Rose  |  August 2, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Hope you’re having a great time!


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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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