UK Elections

Monday, May 03, 2010

London Bureau chief for the New York Times John Burns reviews the UK elections and its implications for Europe and the US.

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Comments [5]

Voter from Brooklyn

UK Liberal Democrats are US Socialists
UK Labour are US Liberal Democrats
UK Conservatives are US Centrist Democrats
US Centrists are UK Right-Wingers?
US Conservatives are UK radical extremists?
US Tea Party Members are UK ???
Does that sound correct?

May. 03 2010 11:19 AM
Dan from Hudson Valley

I thought Britain's system did not allow divided government -- whichever party gets the most seats, runs the government (or with a coalition). Can Clegg, a single individual, give so much pull to the party that his party rises from obscurity to dominate the other two? I could imagine a 3rd party candidate for US President defeating the other two major candidates, but we vote separately for Senators and Reps. so I cannot imagine one individual having so much weight in the British system.

May. 03 2010 11:16 AM
Catherine from Rockville Centre

I am ecstatic about the rise of Nick Clegg. I am addicted to BBC Radio 4 and have long wondered why the Lib Dems have NOT been seen as a viable alternative.

May. 03 2010 11:12 AM
Andy from Brooklyn

Why should we care about the UK elections?

I mean that to be a serious question. How would the outcome effect us here in the US? Will it even greatly effect people living in the UK?

May. 03 2010 11:12 AM
Lanaia from Manhattan

Why is the campaign season so brief? Also, why does the PM get to announce when elections will be in a ad hoc way? What forces them to hold them?

May. 03 2010 11:12 AM

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