independent_uk (independent_uk) wrote in us_election2008,
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us_election2008

We may share a language, but that's it ...

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown  writes on the strange fascination the UK has for the US election:

The UK is mesmerised by the American presidential election. The result will affect all our futures. But is it too much already? Vast resources go into the coverage, leading to a fabricated, even forced, identification with the hyper-power; a euphoric mood is daily whipped up by fervently Atlanticist pundits.

Question the United States and you are slammed for "anti-Americanism". There are no equivalent sneers for those who, for example, criticise Russia or India. It is as if the UK is an extension of the US. It is defiantly, patently not. In fact, the more this drama unfolds, the more intensely aware we become of how different we are. Read more.

Question: Does the US see the UK as a partner of some kind? Will Americans watch our elections (in 18 months) with the same fervour? Or is the fascination entirely one-way (and unhealthy)?
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