Saturday, 10 November 2012

Elections

A few people have been asking me lately why I was so interested in the American Presidential elections when I generally pay very little attention to UK politics.

Casting aside the completely different scale of theatrics and deceit that goes on in the POTUS elections as opposed to the UK elections which is just several months of the candidates taking pathetic and generally irrelevant schoolboy-like pot shots at each other, the very simple answer is that Americans actually have a choice.

Let's list the choices we had when we ended up with the ConDem coalition government.

Labour & Gordon Brown - In fairness, I think Gordon took a lot of unnecessary flack for not predicting a financial meltdown that the rest of the world didn't see coming. Having said that, Labour made a lot of mistakes and had practically scandalised themselves out of office.
Conservatives & David Cameron - Out of touch toffs I wouldn't trust as far as I can throw them.
Lib Dems & Nick Clegg - Some good policies on paper and I actually did consider voting for them before concluding that a vote for them was essentially a wasted vote, and I really didn't want the Conservatives to win.

Regardless of who you voted for, it was going to be the same shit of cuts, corruption, and false expenses claims.

American had a choice between a President who had not done everything he said he would but has generally done a good job, or Mitt Romney, a religious fundamentalist nut-job whose party if full of men with questionable views on rape and women's reproductive rights.

They had a real choice, we ended up with a tosser either way. In the end, we ended up with two tossers and the Lib Dems ensured that I will never again even consider voting for them.

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