greeney2 wrote:total disrespect.
The odd thing is that you keep going on about `respect`. Our PM isn’t treated like that at all. There was one press meeting last month where the reporter stood up and asked if Brown knew what he was doing (the rest of the Press laughed) which with Brown is a fair question.
We don’t treat a PM like it’s some sacred position, fine we don’t make posters like that one (which is stupid to say the least
I think the difference is that we attack their politics (for which Brown deservedly get called `the clueless wonder` sometimes), whereas Americans attack their personalities.
We attack their personalities as well but it almost always boils down to politics, unless it is meant as a joke (Brown and his `superman` comment is a good example, harmless banter that everyone joined in at, even Brown so it must have been funny!).
Another thing as well is that even the parties don’t act like spineless idiots around the PM, something your politicians should learn about, it gets a bit annoying to watch some of your politicians sometimes.
We had a debate last Wednesday where a Labour backbencher was grilling his own party leader (Brown again, poor bastard
) for about five minuets.
The PM isn’t the most important man in the country and I think that’s part of it. The PM can’t pass a law without the Commons having a debate, then the House of Lords has to have a debate about it and then the queen has to sign it I think. But even if the Queen doesn’t have to sign it, it still has to go both houses.
I don’t know why but I’m making sound a lot more complicated than it really is.
Basically. Brown is 3rd most important person in the country (I’ve bumped him up a few spots there as well
Both houses (The Commons and The Lords)
Prime Minister/Chancellor of the Exchequer (Secretary of the Treasury)