In a few days Britain will get a new government after one of the most interesting elections for quite a while. When the country was almost ignoring the politicians, bored by what it was expected to be a defeat for Gordon Brown and the Labour Party and a victory for David Cameron and the Conservatives, along came Nick Clegg. A virtually unknown leader of the Liberal Democrats, he might be able to change completely the dynamics of the elections and create the possibility of finally turning Britain into a credible three party country. His performance in the debates and the polls are giving him a good chance of making the Liberals partners in the next government. Even the well known British newspaper “The Guardian” has endorsed him.
Gordon Brown has almost been written off. His Labour Party, after 13 years of being in power, is being blamed by all the problems the country is in such as unemployment and all the ills the global crisis brought. The younger Tory David Cameron was supposed to bring change and his winning the election was almost considered a sure thing, even if his position against Europe would not be a good thing for the country. Nick Clegg, telegenic, relaxed and sharp, and not at all an extremist, made a refreshing impression among the voters. He is an unusual politician for Britain and in contrast with Cameron he seems to be pro-Europe. The son of a half-Russian father and a Dutch mother, he is married to a Spanish woman and has three children named Antonio, Alberto and Miguel, certainly not your typical British names. All this and his ability to speak German, Dutch, French and Spanish, makes him a politician well prepared for the 21st century and its global problems.
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