May 6th, 2015
Episode 181 of 559 episodes
The contest in Thursday's UK election is meant to be between Labour's Ed Milliband and the Tory's David Cameron who won power from Labour four years ago. But the big excitement is over the wildcards -the Scottish Nationalist Party and its First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the UK Independence Party led by Nigel Farage. It contains the figures Australians are used to - 'new' Left and Right parties, the Tea Party-like UKIP, the anti-colonial Scots representing smaller parties which might just hold the balance of power. Familiar too are the themes austerity versus spending, dog whistle politics on immigration, the future of the NHS, a struggling working and middle class being wooed by both sides, rising nationalism and an ineffective 'Green' vote. One difference is that Britain feels its standing in the world is slipping. It's no longer a power that matters on the global stage.