The United States of America comes in for a lot of criticism from the rest of the World most of the time through jealousy but this latest election does show that is a land of opportunity. I do not care for the Democratic Party but where else could a man who because of the colour of his skin was not allowed to vote back in the 1960’s a time when the Klu Klux Klan was murdering people because of their colour, can become President only in the USA. Where else in the Democratic World do the Voters get so involved in an Election only in the USA, I do not want to live in the US but I do admire them. Both McClain and Obama when they finished their speeches said “The USA is the greatest Country in the World and God Bless America” can you imagine a British Politician saying “Britain is the Greatest Country in the World and God Bless the British People” NO because someone will say that it will offend those who do not believe in God, or offend some one who doesn’t think we are the Greatest Country in the World or offend some one who is not British can you imagine the compensation claims for hurt feelings, yet the title of our Country is “The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” notice the word GREAT.
I have been involved in politics for some time but as I get older I am getting more and more disillusioned with Politicians, not local councillors on the whole I believe they do a reasonably good job for very little reward and they are in contact with local a person that’s their raison-detre. It is national Politicians who never listen to the Public, take three examples 1) Hanging. Every time there is a survey the majority of the Public are favour for the return of hanging, the same goes for coming out of the European Union, harsher punishment for criminals, curb immigration, remove the Human rights Act, I could go on . Do they listen to us NO, they will reply “they know not what they say” or “we know better” or “you do not know the full picture” how patronising! What do they think we are children? Maybe it is time for an MP to be allowed only a certain amount of time in Parliament maybe a maximum of 10 years, this will stop so called Career Politicians who do not have a clue what life is outside Parliament and what about having referendums on every important issue like they do in Switzerland. I wait with bated breath for a politician who enters Parliament and doesn’t turn native, the sort of MP I want some one in his fifties, worked all his life and worked for the community he wants to represent, plus lives in the area an MP who will listen to the people and represent their wishes.
Martin Clarke Sittingbourne