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February 13, 2008

Still separated by a common language

Freemania presents an American's guide for the British government (via the Drink Soaked Trots).

The British system of government is almost exactly like the US system. There are just a few small differences:

Our President is called the Monarch. Unlike the US, we have had several female presidents, including the current incumbent. We have yet to have a black president, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. The President doesn’t have any real power, though, and rather than being elected to serve a limited term, she inherited the job and reigns for life. Imagine a late-second-term lame-duck US President facing a hostile Congress, while anaesthetised and tied to a chair. It’s a really expensive chair, though.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 13, 2008 07:01 AM


It would actually be easier to understand an explanation of the British government without all the replacing of British terms with American ones. (For example, we know what a "monarch" is, and it's not a "president.")

They may not have the Electoral College, but they do have cricket, which I believe is just as incomprehensible. Then again, I don't understand baseball.

Posted by: Andrea Harris [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 13, 2008 04:04 PM