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Thread #157421   Message #3718145
Posted By: GUEST,Allan Conn
22-Jun-15 - 02:23 AM
Thread Name: BS: Unfit for SCOTUS
Subject: RE: BS: Unfit for SCOTUS
Surely everyone has an opinion about what goes on in countries other than their own? It is absurd to suggest someone can't have an opinion! Not having an opinion and not having an actual vote are of course two different things.

It is all the more likely that someone from the UK will have an opinion on events in your country if that country is the US. Basically because the US is such a big and influential country your news events regularly make our national news broadcasts. Normally there is a story about the US at some point. Obviously at the moment there is the church shooting but over the past week or so we've had a lot of coverage re Jeb Bush and Hilary Clinton in a way that the US would never get coverage of the Labour Party leadership etc. It is a fact of life so it is basically not credible to expect people not to have an opinion or express it.

I suppose it is a bit like the elephant in the bed thing with Scotland and England. For instance Nicola Sturgeon first became a member of the Shadow Cabinet in Scotland a whole 16 years ago and she'd been deputy leader of the SNP for a whole decade prior to taking the leadership and she'd been Deputy First Minister of Scotland for 7 years during that time. Yet during the recent election the UK wide news treated her as if she was a bolt out of the blue new politician on the scene. Basically Scots are fed what goes on in England much more than the other way round - as is what happens re the UK and the US.