Now Britain is in the run-up to a general election, and for the first time, an important feature of this election has been the introduction of US-style questioning of the main political candidates on live TV. There will be three of these live debates in front of specially selected audiences in all - the first two having taken place this week and last week. There was also a similar debate between the three "chancellors of the Exchequer". One effect of this move towards a more American style of election campaigning is that British politics has become more personality driven, which, while it has meant that the general population seem to have become more engaged in politics, has also meant that the actual policies of each party might be taking a back seat. Importantly, it has also turned the election, for about the first time ever, from a two-horse race into a three-way election, with the Liberal Democrats being given a platform on an absolutely equal footing (with the other two parties) for their own leader, David Clegg, to impress TV audiences in debate, which he has done very well indeed, perhaps, for the first time, giving voters a genuine alternative to Labour and the Conservatives.
Another, rather more undesirable, aspect of this highly visual style of presenting a campaign has meant that the politician's wives have become rather more visible and subject to scrutiny by the media. As a feminist, I find this rather disappointing, because I really don't care about the clothes, child-rearing, or views of a woman just because she happens to be married to a politician. To my mind, a wife's views are unimportant to the electorate at large unless she herself is running for office or actually going to play a part in government - like Hilary Clinton, for example. Samantha Cameron, wife of David, leader of the Conservatives, is also pregnant, and unbelievably some media commentators regards this as a savvy political move that might appeal to women voters! "SamCam" as she has now been dubbed by the Media, seems to have an edge over the other two leaders' wives in a kind of dreary, reductive, and totally beside the point race to make her husband appear more vital and virile than his opponents.
So, I was wondering if anybody in the US - or any other country for that matter - is following the general election in Britain, and if so, what are your views?
Edited by JulesLuvsShinzon, 25 April 2010 - 08:14 AM.