Cameron the Conservative won the British elections. Gordon Brown, the Labour Party leader resigned after a little less than three years in office. The far right and the far left each garnered more votes than his more traditionally left Labour Party. Brown assumed full responsibility for the defeat. A gracious act by the Prime Minister, but it is not that simple.
Britain, like the rest of Europe, has gotten itself into quite a mess in recent years. The Labour Party has been in charge for the last 13 years. The electorate are holding them responsible. and they want change. A move to the right would be change. However, conservatism is unthinkable to a liberal believer so what are they to do? They move further to the left, feelings deepen and debate becomes more strident as the gap between the two basic ideologies widens.
Long, long ago, some wise man said, a camel is a race horse that was designed by a committee. Americans tend to view coalition governments in the same light. Sparks are going to fly.
Obama has been quick to invite Cameron the Conservative to the White House and has applauded the special relationship that has always existed between Great Britain and the United States. What’s up? This is a 180 degree reversal from recent behavior. Let us be thankful but wary as we wait to see what follows.