OK “smarter” is the wrong word – the Brits are more politically engaged than us. That’s just a personal opinion, having lived in both places, but it seems to be that the British are more interested and more critically engaged in their political process than we are in NZ. Perhaps it’s something to do with the longer shadow of history that they live in, a deeper media pool, or the proximity of Europe. Or perhaps I’m completely wrong of course.
Whatever, the Brits seem to have well and truly woken up with respect to their current flash, conservative, economically bungling PM:
Britons have lost faith in George Osborne’s austerity plan
Theresa May hints at leadership bid as opinion poll shows only one in five voters think cuts are working
A majority of people now believe that the government’s economic policies are hurting rather than healing the British economy, a new poll reveals, as cabinet divisions over how best to stimulate a return to growth threaten to destabilise the coalition.
With 10 days until George Osborne delivers his crucial fourth budget, an Opinium/Observer poll shows almost three times as many voters (58%) believe the austerity drive is harming the economy as those who think it is the correct medicine to restore it to health (20%).
The findings, which follow a stinging rebuke to David Cameron on Friday by the government’s own financial watchdog, will add to pressure on Osborne to change course as the UK hovers on the brink of a triple-dip recession. …
Meanwhile, a poll conducted in marginal seats by the Tory former deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft, based on interviews with more than 19,000 voters in 213 constituencies, showed the Conservatives were on course to lose 93 seats to Labour if an election were held today.
We’re doing everything on a smaller scale of course, but our own version of economic austerity has held back the prospect of recovery in NZ since the Nats took over, and contributed to our current high unemployment. And yet, instead of rejecting these policies and the politicians that espouse them, our attitude seems to be that “she’ll be right”. Who was it who said that we get the government that we deserve?