Thursday, May 6, 2010

31 Days

On April 6th, 2010 the Prime Minister of Britain dissolved the governing parliament and the British people began the process of electing a new government. Today, 31 days later, it will be over.  People there vote for a representative, in their district, of a party which represents a platform and manifesto.  Provided there is a majority winning party, they elect the leader (the prime minister), and they will begin governing the following day.  Some people there believe this all happens just a little too fast and they would prefer something like 45 days. But from where I now live in California, and I believe for most Americans this rather neat and quick process must seem like a dream come true.

(A footnote:  It is quite possible that it wont be quite this simple this time and it is possible that no party (there are three main ones) will have a clear majority, meaning a coalition will have to be made or do the whole thing over.)

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