Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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RE: UK Election --What's it all about?
Blair is not elected to the P.M. post by popular election, right? In your (UK) Parliamentary system everybody runs from a legislative district, like our House members, and then the elected MP's vote on whom should be PM. Since Labour is in an absolute majority they decide who the PM is, like our Speaker of the House.
Internally, Labour politics can fractionate, resulting in somebody other than Blair being elected. But despite some defections, mostly over Iraq, Labour appears to stay united behind Blair.
The Conservatives haven't had an original thought since Thatcher's first successful government. After her historically long tenure, so many inneffectual yes-men and corrupt assholes got into office and senior party positions that the Conservatives aren't going to regain power until the present generation dies.
Also, Blair did the Clinton thing and essentially co-opted the Conservative's major positions most widely supported by UK voters, emasculating the opposition parties.
If Clinton were as wise and self-controlled as Blair and had kept his pecker in his pants the Democrats would still be in power un President Gore. What a different world that would be, huh?