Features of Current Political Campaign
Candidates for seats in the House of Commons to be elected by British voters on Thursday, June 18, now have passed the mid-point of the traditional three-week campaign. The new House will meet on June 29 to begin the swearing-in of members and to elect the Speaker. The Queen's Speech on July 2 will formally open the next session of Parliament. Although this orderly British process is often held up as a standard which others should follow, not all Englishmen stand in awe of their campaign procedures. The New Statesman said on its cover, May 22, that the current three-week electoral exercise was likely to produce “an orgy of parochialism, a spate of minor domestic statistics, an auction of national ...