On May 7, British voters will go to the polls in the most unpredictable general election for decades. Unlike in Japan last December, the British election is anything but a foregone conclusion. Usually confident commentators predict nothing more precise than another hung parliament, with no party winning a majority of seats. In recent opinion polls, the two main parties, Labour and the Conservatives, have both hovered around 35 percent support with only 0.2 percent between them. The only certainty is that Conservative leader David Cameron or his Labour rival Ed Miliband will emerge as prime minister. But which coalition of parties will sit around their Cabinet table, and at what cost, is anybody’s guess.… Seguir leyendo » “U.K. election most unpredictable in generations”
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In last month’s European parliamentary elections, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) became the first British political party other than Labour or the Conservatives to win a national poll in more than 100 years. Political and media reaction to UKIP’s victory has ranged from hyperbolic to head-in-the-sand.
Echoing the words of UKIP’s pint-sized, pint-loving leader, Nigel Farage, media commentators talked up the “political earthquake.” In contrast, many politicians from the established parties dismissed UKIP’s election upset as a midterm protest. In reality, the Euro elections, which took place on the same day as local polls in many parts of England, revealed mixed fortunes for all British parties, including UKIP.… Seguir leyendo » “What UKIP’s EU election win means for Britain’s top parties”