Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Three cheers for the United Kingdom.


On May 7th I posted my article about the British General Election.  My good cousin Christopher commented that I had a better understanding of the British Political system than many U.K. citizens.  I took that as a great compliment since, although British born and bred I left my native land in 1976, and became a U.S. citizen in 1984.

Now I venture to write that today’s resolution of the British  “hung parliament issue” is superb.

Those of you who know me well will understand that, “politically speaking”, I am less than enthusiastic with the news that David Cameron ( C ) is the new Premier in the United Kingdom.

Nevertheless although Cameron’s Tories did not win a parliamentary majority, they won the most votes, and the greatest number of seats in the House of Commons  so “constitutionally thinking” I admire and respect this resolution.

So I pay tribute to the U.K. system.  The transfer of authority in the U.K. took place:
without a Supreme Court ruling (as in the U.S.A. in 2000);
without the intervention of Armed Forces;
without street violence;
without sectarian, religious or nationalistic divisions;
without any “rulings” from the European union;

Gordon Brown resigned with dignity.  David Cameron assumed office with integrity.  

 I think that my native peoples have a lesson or two for the world.





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