In case you don’t know, the entire House of Commons in Great Britain is up for election, re-election, or recall today. Yes, this includes Tony Blair. A few weeks ago, Mr. Blair called for a general election, meaning that every member of the lower house of Parliament had six weeks or so to get his or her act together, and convince people to get out and vote.
This article from the New York Times has more: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/05/international/europe/05britain.html?th&emc=th
One way or another, the election is likely to change Britain’s stance on the war in Iraq. If Labour loses (a possibility, no matter how indistinct), Britain may very well withdraw from Basra and other strongholds completely. At the very least, Labour may have to modify its position on Iraqi questions.
Some Americans may vaguely recall that three days before the Spanish elections, a series of bombs on a Spanish train went off, killing many working-class commuters during rush hour. The party of then-President Anzar lost the election, and Spain pulled its fairly significant troop contingent out of Iraq.
Great Britain — we hope your election goes more smoothly, and truly expresses your political desires. May your Underground and BritRail be bomb-free today, and may your House of Commons be raucous, debate-filled and full of surprises.
Unlike, say, the U.S. Senate.