General Election: From an American Perspective

Geries Tadros

DURING the election campaign, being an outsider who is unaffected by the outcome, it has been very entertaining watching party leaders articulate their dissimilar visions for the country.

Whoever wins will have to address some of the biggest issues Britain faces. These candidates are making a number of promises, many of which are almost impossible to keep, to win people over.

During election time this is to be expected. It is an election after all, and the candidates will do what they can to win. As an American, I have always and continue to believe that the political system of the United States is the best. It is neat, straight forward and very simple to understand. Most importantly the United States has a secular constitution. This constitution guarantees the rights of citizens. There is a separation of powers between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. The United States has a presidential system, so when it comes to elections, we have two major political parties.

The major two political parties, which are the Democratic and Republican parties, dominate the elections. We have free and fair election and citizens vote for the candidate they want. At times it can seem as if campaigns and elections can go on for a century.

From an American point of view, the political system in the UK is difficult to understand. The political system has its pros and cons. The general election does not last as long as the elections in the United States, so people have to hustle to vote and make up their minds.

With that being said, there are similarities between the American and British parties. For example, the American Republican Party and British Conservative Party are alike in a number of ways. Both are austere when it comes to immigration, which is a major issue in both countries. The Republican Party believes the number of immigrants coming in should very limited. The issue that they have is not one that involves space, because there is plenty of that in the United States. The issue that most of them have is taking care of and looking after those who need assistance. They believe time and money, which comes from the U.S. tax payer, should not be spent on immigrants.

From an outsider’s point of view, there are more cons than there are pros when it comes to the UK political system. The idea that there are 121 or more ministers baffles me. Besides the prime minister, there are 21 cabinet members and 99 other cabinet members. All of the departments and agencies are responsible for implementing policies. The prime minister superintends government agencies and civil services, which is no small task. This all seems very complex and is difficult to understand.

We will all know who has won the election by the end of this week, but only time will tell whether the victors will actually improve the lives of UK citizens or continue to make promises that cannot be kept.

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