Can David Cameron take lessons from the U.S. Presidential Election?
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The comparison between the Conservative party in Britain and the Republicans in America may be a cause of concern for David Cameron. Can he learn lessons from the Republican defeat in time for the next general election in Britain? Comparing the political systems of different countries is difficult. From differences defining the left and right of the political spectrum to differences in voting systems and opposing views on the role of government, as far as political parties go the U.K. and the U.S. hold many comparisons. The British Labour and Conservative parties are often aligned with the American Democrats and Republicans respectively, the liberal left against the conservative right. Whilst this may be a tad unfair due to the confusion of the political spectrum in America, their left endorse policies that would be viewed as right minded in Britain. So if this comparison is the case then Labour will be rejoicing, as indeed they were, at the reelection of their ‘sister’ party and the Conservatives will be looking on with worry. But with the British election still three years away, are there lessons for Cameron from the U.S. that could save his job in 2015? Cameron has had a troubling time as Prime Minister. Working in a coalition government has meant the unforseen imposition on some policies and adoption of some others. Add to this the massive deficit facing him when he was elected alongside Nick Clegg and much like President Obama the Prime Minister has had to make some difficult decisions. These difficult decisions have resulted in his and the coalition's popularity falling. Labour have found themselves around 10% ahead in polls for a long time now and as a result Cameron’s leadership of the Conservative party has been put into question. This has coincided with the increase in stock of Boris Johnson on the back of the Olympics as well as the rise in popularity of UKIP, which has resulted in David Cameron facing a fair few problems, problems that he must address before the 2015 election.
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