Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Battle of Britain Parties and Candidates Will Slug It out till May

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Battle of Britain Parties and Candidates Will Slug It out till May

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British political parties, with elections set for May 7, are already hammering away at each other, even with two new players on the scene.

The principal parties, the Conservatives and Labor, can tempt Americans to think that Great Britain's political picture is not unlike that of the United States, with the Republicans and Democrats suggesting a right-left parallel. That is sometimes true, but Britain's ruling Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has not seen the administration of President Barack Obama as a perfect soul mate, while the conservative George W. Bush administration found in principle Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair to be a very agreeable partner.

The British elections will be interesting for U.S. politicians to follow, with America's own presidential campaign getting underway. Observers have noted that British elections have become more like America's in focusing on personalities, rather than party positions on issues.

But the British political situation is different this round from America's. There are, for example, five main players, heading five competitive parties, on stage. Two of them, the Scottish National Party and the United Kingdom Independence Party, are wild cards in two senses - no one knows how they will play on a national level and some of their positions on issues are heterodox. …

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