Are we confused?
The Guardian recently asked,
Is it naive to feel a shiver of delight at the thought of those Iowa meetings, where clusters of local voters gather in halls to argue and converge round candidates, after weeks when the rich and confident political machines have had to tour diners, begging for support? New Hampshire, like most states, has a blander and more modern version of democracy, and soon enough the big money will kick in. Nevertheless, there is an unpredictability, optimism and openness in the 2008 race that many on this side of the Atlantic will envy.
The Democrats have a real choice - should they get behind their first black president, or behind their first female president? The Republicans have equally unusual options, notably a Mormon multimillionaire, a liberal New York Italian, and a no-cash, high-on-optimism evangelical Christian with a sense of humour. . .
In Britain we have a political class that is increasingly drawn from people who become full-time politicians at university and never really move outside the circle of thinktanks and advisory jobs they hold while waiting to get a seat. . .
The Guardian would like to see more of that choice and local action in Britain. But this is the same Guardian that has been pushing the increasingly centralized, non-democratic, non-local European Union onto its readers for the last three decades.
This is the same Guardian that boasts that according to its polls approval of the EU has risen slightly, no doubt because its readers have never read one critical or concerned column in the Guardian on what lies in store for them when Britain is colonized by the EU.
This is the same Guardian that is apparently unaware that the British have a written Constitution that was the inspiration of the American Constitution and has a Parliamentary system that could be far more exciting and democratic if only MPs took their Oaths to the Crown and the British people seriously and voted not for their party and under the miserable threat of party whips but for the freedom of the British people.
This is the same Guardian that wants to see candidates for Prime Minister mixing it up in Yorkshire when it will not matter who is Prime Minister if the British Parliament signs its execution warrant and approves the Treaty of Lisbon. Future 'prime ministers' will no longer be prime. They will resemble those local chieftians, kept in power by the Roman Legions as long as it suited them, disposed of when it did not.
Guardian. Guardian of what? Are these people mad or are we confused?