Wednesday, 7 November 2012
The US Has Chosen
It was a long night for political pundits as the US election votes were, until around 3am, continually too close to call.
I feel asleep listening to Radio5 Live's commentary and wondering how many BBC staff were in the US covering the event. It seems that BBC radio and television broadcasting staff work entirely separate and 'ne're the twain shall meet'. An expensive business indeed.
JRB posted a comment on yesterday's post about the US election and just in case some missed it I'll repeat it today.
Am I alone in thinking that elections in America have descended to an obscene and grotesque level where the questionable power and influence of the mighty dollar far outweighs any sense of reason, let alone democracy?
The amount of money spent by both parties on this election campaign could have removed the debt of several third world countries, eradicated several killer diseases, lifted entire nations out of poverty - in short it could have done endless amount of good.
But no, the Americans prefer to squander such wealth on advertising and promotion so their man and their party can have its four years of power.
Such is not Democracy, such is Obscenity.
He's correct of course. The money spent on this campaign is obscene and makes it even more important that Alex Salmond manages to restrict the independent referendum campaign spending. I disagree with Magnus Gardham of the Herald, who suggests that a restriction on expenditure would limit debate.
Since when was debate so expensive?