Quilpusha wrote: (omitted prior material) As to political parties today, they have become almost indistiguishable as they all struggle to attain the moral high ground.
Quil, are you talking about the political parties in the UK, I suspect, or in the US (in which case you don't know what you're talking about). But as an outsider, I think that you have two major parties Labor & Tory, but I know that there are several smaller parties.
What disturbs me, is that you don't seem to have any system where the people can express their views in a meaningful way--no regularly scheduled elections, and no way to turn the party in power out, as far as I can see, baring a vote of no confidence (is that right?). I'm rather disturbed by the fact that you seem to have an "inherited PM" now and while the US is looking at some type of major change (for the better one hopes), is there anything similar going on in the UK? Is there any way for the people to initiate this?
Obviously the example with which you started this is ridiculous--and suggests that there need to be some changes in public policy. We have our own shade of ridiculous--at least in my judgment. A 72 year old fighter pilot turned senator with a woman with 2 years experience in governing a state, no ideas or experience on foreign policy or really on national issues, and quite far right conservative as far as most women in this country. The thought of her stepping into the Presidency when she met her first foreign leader (in her whole life) today at a short conference while the President of Afghanistan was at the UN with no press permitted --scares the hell out of me.
But we are doing something about changing things, and other than gripe, is there a way for you all to as a nation force a new election?
chris.ph wrote:hasnt this all got a bit to political, we come on this site for a bit of fun not insurrection
Jingo was written before both Gulf Wars.ColinEdwards wrote:Had that original story been written before the War, it would have been presented as a positive message about a 71 year-old woman and her friends looking after their local community while the 'authorities' were distracted by larger and potentially more serious events elsewhere.
The modern media are as much to blame as politicians.
Too easily we all believe what we are told without questioning the agendas of those who tell us.
btw - hi Pusha - and welcome!
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