Posted by: The moderator | May 11, 2010

Britain’s New Direction

In 2008, a wave of “change” brought the left-leaning party into power in the United States. In 2010, another wave of “change” splashed on shores across the sea from America, bringing the right-leaning party into an uneasy position of power in Great Britain. Strange how “change” can benefit anyone, even political parties that thrive on slowing and/or undoing social and economic changes.

The new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is Conservative Party leader David Cameron, who replaces the Labour Party’s Gordon Brown after Brown handed his resignation to the Queen. Cameron’s Conservatives were elected to the most seats in parliament, but they do not have a simple majority since a smattering of smaller parties received representation as well, including Britain’s largest third party, the Liberal Democrats. Both the Conservatives and Labour tried to woo the Liberal Democrats to form a coalition government, and it appears the Tories (Conservatives) were the most successful.

I’m happy to see a new party mix things up on the other side of the pond. I’m also encouraged by the fact that all three major parties campaigned on reforming the political system by either writing a real constitution or creating a bill of rights. There’s even a serious movement to make the archaic House of Lords an elected assembly like the Senate in the United States. Funny how the British are now looking to their old renegade colony for ideas.

Best of all, a coalition government between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats means those two parties have to work together to remain in power, meaning the two must compromise on some of the most important issues facing Britain (and Northern Ireland).

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