WeiWenDi wrote:I think there has been a lot of discussion concerning the upcoming American elections in the relevant thread here, but I'm currently growing interested in the British generals, which will be happening within the next two years, probably in 2009. This topic I think should be left open to any discussion of the upcoming British elections, and anything concerning Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg. I do have some questions for the Brits on SoSZ, though (I know you're out there ):
A recent poll by the Angus Reed group showed that most Britons are very strongly anti-war with regard to Iraq, with about 60% having always opposed the war and about 20% more having come into their opposition to the war within the past five years. Now from what I can tell, none of your three front-runners, Brown, Cameron or Clegg, pays that much tribute to this fact: Brown still supports the war, though he has been distancing himself a little bit from Bush and, if memory serves, did support a partial troop withdrawal; Cameron still supports the war but has also supported an 'enquiry' into the Labour government's handling of intelligence, justification for and execution of the war; Clegg (rather weakly) opposes the war but supports the interventionist views that were used to justify it. So for those of you for whom the war is going to be a large issue in this upcoming election, how do you read this? Is the war an important issue, still?
I realise that I am biased, given that I am American and the war affects my country as well as yours, so it seems more important to me. But what other factors influence how you vote, and what other issues determine how you vote? There are very likely a number of issues that I just don't know enough about, even though I do read the Guardian.
Also (complete side-topic - something I've wanted to ask for years), what do you think of the fox-hunt ban? Pardon my ignorance of the class issues involved, but from an environmentalist standpoint, doesn't it seem rather silly, given that foxes are classified as a least-concern species and that they are essentially in Britain what coyotes are here?
Gordon Brown wrote:And when the country is asking their government to meet these new challenges I say to our opponents: those who don't believe in the potential of government shouldn't be trusted to form one.
Gordon Brown wrote:And let me be clear about the new Labour policy on crime; taking action on the causes of crime will never mean indulging those who perpetrate it. Fairness demands that we both punish and prevent.
And justice seen is justice done - so you will be seeing more neighbourhood policing on the street, hearing more about the verdicts of the court, able to see the people who offended doing community payback which will be what it says; hard work for the public benefit at the places and times the public can see it. That's only fair to the law abiding majority.
English_Druid wrote:Its clearly then all about the hunt, wealthier members of society indulging in a bit of creature slaying.
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