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London Bureau chief for the New York Times John Burns reviews the UK elections and its implications for Europe and the US.
UK Liberal Democrats are US SocialistsUK Labour are US Liberal DemocratsUK Conservatives are US Centrist DemocratsUS Centrists are UK Right-Wingers?US Conservatives are UK radical extremists?US Tea Party Members are UK ???Does that sound correct?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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