Larry Mantle |

Britain's coalition government vs. American partisanship




Time will tell if Britain's uneasy alliance between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats will lead to governing success. However, it would be hard to imagine comparable power sharing in the U.S., even if our system allowed for it.

One thing I find fascinating about British voters' choices in the Parliamentary elections is how little political ideology seemed to play into the voting. Though the election moved the country to the Right, our experts thought that was largely irrelevant to voters. They were voting on governmental competency, our guests thought, not about what their parties stand for.

How strongly does that play into your decision as a voter? Is the issue of administrative competence as important, or more imporant to you, than the political orientation of the candidate? I'll grab a pint and give this some thought.