10 May 2010

British Election Results Make U.S. Politicians Take Notice

With our gerrymandered districts, our politicians are more worried about threats from within their own parties, and oblivious to the disenchantment of the public. How do we express our dissatisfaction? Vote independent and third party.

Washington Post: With inconclusive elections, Britain heads down a treacherous political path

Forced by the failure of any party to win a majority of seats in the next Parliament, negotiations underway here are exploring whether it will be possible for some combination of the parties to govern cooperatively in difficult times.

That's currently unthinkable in the America's winner-take-all political culture. But there is enough evidence that the voters in the United States lack full confidence in either major political party to warrant watching closely what will play out here in the coming days and months.

Philip Stevens, a columnist for the Financial Times, noted Saturday that the voters' desire for change and "palpable disenchantment" with the old politics produced the inconclusive outcome of Thursday's balloting.

In Washington, the weight remains with the politicians and activists who prefer confrontation to cooperation, as the polarized debate over health care underscored.

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