Over here, over there

Posted by Ian

Why can’t British politics be as inspiring and fiery as that of the United States? On last night’s 10 O’clock News on BBC1, a report on the New Hampshire primary featured candidate after candidate spouting articulate, rousing speeches in front of cheering crowds. The rhetoric was infused with passion and anger. The emotion was palpable on the faces of both politicians and punters. It was gripping stuff.

Then came a report about the UK. Specifically, public sector pay. A parade of dull, grey men mouthing dull, grey words passed across the screen. They all sounded the same. They all looked the same. I could feel the will to live steadily ebbing out of me.

I’d love to be an American at the moment. To be able to participate in one of the most unpredictable Presidential races for a generation. To be able to engage with a host of White House wannabes, from right across the ideological spectrum, pitching for the top job. Sure, some of them are impossible to like. Some are hopelessly naive. Some sound, to me, downright dangerous. But at least they are out there, speaking their mind, challenging the establishment and spinning dazzling tapestries of eloquence.

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