[thechat] Hiding from Elections Now

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Sun Oct 26 13:36:41 CDT 2008

On 26 Oct 2008, at 17:27, John Handelaar wrote:

> 2008/10/26 Roger Austin <raustin3 at nc.rr.com>:
>> How do
>> you outside the US view this? Are your political ads as vile?
> The UK and Ireland both have blanket bans on political TV adverts, and
> draconian restrictions on campaign spending (in Britain, for example,
> a candidate for MP is restricted to about £7500 during the period
> between the election being called and polling day).  Third-party
> election campaign spending designed to impact a particular
> constituency race is a criminal offence.
> We look at the US with some degree of horror and smugness, then.

Although not always deservedly, as the Boingy place pointed out:

Also, those supporting reform of the electoral process in general, and  
funding of election campaigns in particular (of whatever political  
flavour) are tremendously impressed with the Obama campaign's ability  
to generate a mass movement on the ground, and funding through small  

while a senior member of each of the 2 UK main parties have been  
entertained on one of the top 50 yachts in the world[1], owned by a  
Russian aluminium oligarch. One was EU trade commissioner at the time  
with responsibility for import tariffs, and the other is said to have  
discussed a donation to his party.


[1] Comedy value: Michael Heseltine described it as 'rather a modest  
affair' which probably says something about the style in which he's  
used to being entertained.
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