This has been coined as the biggest election ever as it has taken on a presidential format to try and capture the same hysterical reactions that the Americans obtained during their last presidential election which saw the magnificent Barack Obama obtain office. The difference between ours and the United States election, aside from the constitutional differences of both countries, is the fact that although the US election was more a clash of personalities, ours is a clash of personalities between men that have no discernible personality. However, this has been the most enjoyable election I can remember and it is just a few days in. The politicians themselves aren't anything to shout about; Gordon Brown leading the Labour Party, David Cameron leading the Conservative Party and Nick Clegg leading the Liberal Democrat Party. This isn't what it should be, a debate and election focused on the policies of each individual party, it's an election focused on who's the lesser arse hole.
What sets this election aside from the others is that it is taking on a purely presidential appearance and whether that is a bad or good thing for our constitution will depend on what the future brings. With three debates due to take place, it'll be interesting to see how the respective leaders handle the immense pressure of the new and scary arena of the debate. I can see these leading to something brilliant and the idea of a debate becoming a staple of the British campaign routine. There's a man who looks like the end result if I had a hoover attached to my scrotum for three hours, then yanked it away just before the family entered the room. You have another that appears to have had an iron plastered to his face from birth up until the point he first appeared on TV and the third man who, without anything interesting to comment about him whatsoever. He has no discernible appearance or personality trait and every time he speaks I can feel the life being slowly drained from me.
Sadly, we live in an age that is more concerned about looks and personality than politics. I use the title "A Clash of Personalities Between Men That Don't Have Any" as an indication of how this election is being played out. Realistically, the younger voters would tend to vote based more on personality and looks than policies and I find that sad to be fair. Promises mean something in this day and age and now more than ever will have the accountability factor as anything said in the debates can and will be used against our future PM when the time is right. Perhaps the more public, media friendly politicians will be pushed to work harder than they will have in previous generations as more demands to be media savvy create more accountability for their actions or failures to take action.
I've already made the decision of who I'm voting for. For those Brits still undecided, perhaps the TV debates will help you make up your minds.
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The United Kingdom general election of 2010 will be held on 6 May in all UK constituencies to elect Members of Parliament (MPs). General elections in the UK only affect the House of Commons, the lower house of the Parliament, as members of the House of Lords are unelected. A total of 650 seats will be contested, up from 646 in the previous election in 2005. The election was called on 6 April, and Parliament was dissolved on 12 April for the ensuing campaign. Voting will take place between 7.00 am and 10.00 pm. Local elections will also be held in some areas on that day.
The governing Labour Party will be looking to secure a fourth consecutive term in office and to restore support lost since 1997. The Conservative Party will seek to regain its dominant position in politics after losses in the 1990s, and to replace Labour as the governing party. The Liberal Democrats hope to make gains from both sides; although they too would ideally wish to form a government, their more realistic ambition is to hold the balance of power in a hung parliament.
The Scottish National Party, encouraged by their victory in the 2007 Scottish parliament elections, have set themselves a target of 20 MPs and will also be hoping to find themselves in a balance of power position. Equally, Plaid Cymru is seeking gains in Wales. Smaller parties who have had successes at local elections and the 2009 European elections (United Kingdom Independence Party, Green Party, British National Party) will...