Back in 1605 Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament, along with King James I, with 6 barrels of gunpowder. At the beginning of the 17th century the Houses of Parliament were a much more modest structure and had he been able to light the fuse he might just have succeeded. He failed and was hung, drawn and quartered for his impudence and ever since back in Blighty we have celebrated this occasion of gunpowder, treason and plot, on November 5th, by burning effigies of him atop bonfires accompanied by the letting off of fireworks.
Every four years around the same time presidential elections are held in the US, but this year, although there has been much “plotting”, there have been no fireworks. From a UK perspective the choice between Obama and Romney is about as unattractive as that between Camerlot and the Ed Miller band. Politicians – and central bankers – are no longer merely “economical with the truth” they have taken to outright lying, aided and abetted by the mainstream media and the banking cabal, who are their true masters, not the electorate, who, in the main, swallow the party line whole.
This year’s election, like many in the recent past, is not the democratic process it is held up to be. Third party candidates are denied the right to debate along with the Democratic and GOP nominees and the two party debate itself is a series of secretly pre-arranged questions agreed by both sides. Even worse is that the US now has the equivalent of the “rotten borough” system, legislated against in the UK in 1832, whereby large corporates can make unlimited campaign contributions; and please don’t tell me it is all done in the name of altruism!
Even Mother Nature has played her part allowing Obama to take on the role of a caring father figure in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy. He has obviously learnt from the errors of his predecessor, whom we must assume, from his nonchalance, thought that New Orleans was somewhere in France…Given the devastation along the eastern seaboard one can’t help wondering if the outcome of the election will again be decided in the courts if many voters are disenfranchised by having nowhere to vote.
So tonight in the UK things will go with a “bang”, but on Tuesday, in the US, don’t expect anything other than a damp squib…especially if you are unfortunate enough to live on Staten Island or in Lower Manhattan.