Paul Ingrassia

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Many American ex-pats who live here — like me — are flummoxed by cricket, local slang (e.g. “chuffed” means “pleased”) and the weather (climate change is a sunny day). And then there are the politics.

Britain holds a national election on May 7. Last week the leaders of the parties fielding candidates for Parliament held a nationally televised debate. Had such debates occurred decades ago (the first one wasn’t until 2010) that would have meant the leaders of the Tories and Labour, with a “u.”

But in today’s fractured British politics the list includes the leaders of five more parties. They’re the Scottish Nationalists, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens, the U.K.…  Seguir leyendo »