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21. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 11:45 BST
Our elections last about a month rather than a year.
So your politicians are useless for a month (at least) while ours are useless for a year (at least!). I wish the US was more like GB in that regard. There should be a limit on how long one can campaign before the actual election.
I've always loved all the jeering that you can see in Britain's parliamentary addresses. It's very entertaining and something I wish were more mainstream here. Alternatively, the PHYSICAL conflicts that are seen in China's parliament, and a few others, are pretty amazing too. That's just the type of antics this circus of a government here needs in the US as it's the only thing that's still missing. ha
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22. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 11:47 BST
I'd say UK politics aren't as personality driven as US, so i suppose people find it boring to talk about parties and policy as apposed to talking about someone that represents them. End of the day, we don't vote for a prime minister, we vote for a party
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23. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 11:51 BST
@Magi There was a brawl in the South Korean National Assembly recently. Before the Civil War broke out a Southern congressman bludgeoned an anti-slavery member of the house in the head & left him severely injured. That's the closest I know of that sort of thing ever happening in the US.
24. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 11:51 BST
@Magi: The idiots have just come back from a 2-month holiday. It's alright for some init. Grr!
25. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 12:04 BST
Could't tell ya, I am from the States.
26. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 12:13 BST
End of the day, we don't vote for a prime minister, we vote for a party
And much better for it I say. If we could ditch first past the post and move to a proportional representation system (or at least a quasi-pr one like we have in Scotland) then even more of the "battle of personalities" could be removed.
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27. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 13:19 BST
We can be political, but unless one of our MPs is caught out trying to claim expenses on hiring a moat cleaner (yes really ) political debates don't tend to stay as lively between regular folk over here as they do on your side of the pond. We do talk about all the regular issues and the like, but there doesn't seem to be the same level of 'dislike' between supporters of different parties over here (although I wouldn't advise admitting to be a Tory in a particuarly working-class area ). We're much more likely to get riled up over supporters of other football (soccer) teams than anything else. (damn red scousers...)The fact that our television is so regularly pumped full of great satire and funny panel shows designed purely to Mock the Week () and everything news-worthy that happened in it probably helps keep us a little more jovial about our politicians in particular, as they get the absolute p*** taken out of them on a regular basis (also @Americans, try typing Boris Johnson into youtube )
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28. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 13:45 BST
I am from the UK and would say I have a typical view of politics in that i don't have not much faith in politicians and don't think it makes a difference which of the main party's is in power, as they are all as bad as each other. Like many people I lost faith in politicians within the last 5 - 10 years that the Labour party has been in power, the reason for this been that Labour are supposed to represent the working class, however like all political party's they lied in their manifesto to get into power, have been proven to be greedy frauds, and as with the Conservatives it is the rich looking after the rich.
For the reasons stated above I now do not give a monkeys who is in power, as long as its not the BNP (for the benefit of Americans they are a racist party who if they had their way would get rid of all non British citizens in the UK), i have never voted and unless their is change will carry on not voting, and basically a lot of Brits feel the same, hence the lack of Uk Political threads on this site.
Edited on Tue 15th September, 2009 @ 13:47 by Stevie
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29. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 15:59 BST
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30. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 16:29 BST
What Nanaki said: Be nice Fikraag!I'm up for discussing UK/Scottish politics, but you'd actually have to start a topic of conversation!
What Nanaki said: Be nice Fikraag!
I'm up for discussing UK/Scottish politics, but you'd actually have to start a topic of conversation!
Well technically Scotland is still part of the UK, I'll be glad if they end up going though, like they've been pushing for recently.
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31. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 16:32 BST
Sean+Aaron wrote:What Nanaki said: Be nice Fikraag!I'm up for discussing UK/Scottish politics, but you'd actually have to start a topic of conversation!Well technically Scotland is still part of the UK, I'll be glad if they end up going though, like they've been pushing for recently.
Once the North Sea oil runs out & Andy Murray turns 30, then England will let them go.
32. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 16:35 BST
Sean+Aaron wrote:What Nanaki said: Be nice Fikraag!I'm up for discussing UK/Scottish politics, but you'd actually have to start a topic of conversation!Well technically Scotland is still part of the UK, I'll be glad if they end up going though, like they've been pushing for recently.Once the North Sea oil runs out & Andy Murray turns 30, then England will let them go.
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33. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 16:37 BST
Sigh Why don't we just end the UK? We don't like any of each other anyway, whats the point of being united if we can't and will not get along.
Edited on Tue 15th September, 2009 @ 16:37 by MoogleMuffins
34. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 16:38 BST
The whole of Scotland has been pushing for independence, and here's me thinking its only been about 25% to 33% of the population wanting independence, how does that equal the whole nation? personally I'm not opposed to independence especially since it would mean less influence from the Tories, a minority party that has governed us all because England is 10 times bigger than us, and seem to like voting conservative for some reason, but the majority of Scots unlike myself do not seem to want independence, otherwise SNP would be the majority right now which they are not.
35. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 16:39 BST
Strange I heard that over 50% wanted Independance, on the News the other day. Then again, the News isn't 100% fact is it. they get it wrong sometimes.
Edit: And I never said the whole of Scotland did I?
Edited on Tue 15th September, 2009 @ 16:40 by MoogleMuffins
36. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 16:42 BST
That is a lot of nonsense many Scots live in England and many English live in Scotland, so we aren't all bigots who judge people based on what region of the earth they happen to live in or where born in.
You said Scotland was pushing for it, you didn't say a minority so yes you did imply pretty much the whole nation was.
Edited on Tue 15th September, 2009 @ 16:44 by Reala
37. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 16:44 BST
I don't mean everyone, I mean generally speaking none of us get along. And your just talking about England and Scotland, I'm on about Northern Ireland and Wales as well. We never have anything nice to say about each other, on the whole.
No I was going on about the majority, you said I was going on about the whole nation.
Edited on Tue 15th September, 2009 @ 16:53 by MoogleMuffins
38. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 16:46 BST
I'm not sure why Scotland want independence. Scotland has one of the biggest drinking problems in the world & the worst obesity rates in the world (US is first & UK second, but if you count Scotland as a seperate entity it has the worst obesity levels per capita). That will be very expensive to deal with on their own, & they won't get the money from the EU with Eastern countries going bankrupt & new countries wanting to join. Not to mention the generous policy on tuition fees. Can't see how it would be sustainable.
Interesting fact, London & the South East of England are the only areas that make a net profit for the UK after public spending is taken into account.
39. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 16:59 BST
Scotland is more than wealthy enough to support itself, whether independence would mean some adjustments of course it will, but I'm 100% confident we would be able to cope on our own, and it isn't total separation since Scotland would still be in the EU.
40. Posted: Tue 15th Sep 2009 17:09 BST
Well, I'm British.And Politics Are BORING.
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