Our cousins across the pond are having an election next November. It is therefore a bit puzzling to us Brits that for the past month or so all we've heard about is the US elections. Of course our cousins have to spend flipping ages deciding WHO to put on the ballot before having the ballot.
Anyone thinking that the sums we spend on an election are obscene should look at what is spent over there. Frightening I'll say!!
That said before any American readers think I'm having a go there are some advantages to the American system. It now looks like John McCain will take the Republican nomination, from what I can gather McCain is not wholly loved by the Republicans. Apparently one conservative pundit went as far to say that she would rather vote for Hillary Clinton than John McCain. McCain looks like a bloke you could sit in a pub and have a beer with. Now the last UK Conservative politician you could say that was Ken Clarke and his party desperately tried to stop him being leader.
I don't much about the other Republican candidates. Romney? seems to have LOADS of money to spend and Huckabee is a guitar playing former baptist preacher who quotes the bible. Huckabee is the type of conservative politician that frightens me one that uses religion to focus much of his politics. Now I have no problem with religious belief but I am not convinced that it has any basis in politics. I regard certain issues of morality as personal. The growing political influence of religion is something that really scares me.
That said I bet we Brits no more about the Democrats or at least heard more of them. It's Hilary v Barack. I guess its that for the first time ever there will be someone other tan a white man or the ballot. In some respects Barack Obama's rise is impressive, the idea of a black politician running for PM here seems unthinkable. Not I might add because of their colour but I can't think of any senior politicans. Then again the Americans may be able to site this as an example of the superiority of their system. Then again when Barack opens his mouth I fall asleep. He seems like a clone of Blair, Cameron et al. Change Fairness blah.
On the other hand Hilary though seems to lack Charisma. She lacks the human touch. She seems like Gordon Brown to hubby Bill's Tony Blair.
I appreciate that politics don't translate easily across the pond but I would guess I am a natural Democrat. So why is it that the American politician who I identify with is the slightly rebellious Republican old guy who seems the type you could have a beer with?
Only 9 months to go.