Wednesday, 5 November 2008

the third way

I was trying to find out how well Ralph Nader did in the US election yesterday and came across this: I don't claim to agree (or disagree) with the ideas therein - the point is that it's an alternative view to the cosy assumptions and undiscussed issues amongst leading politicians, supported by the mainstream media. I've been aware of Ralph Nader since the 1970s and wondered how he'd fare in this election. I remember the 3rd (independent) candidate in the 1984 or 1988 election having a lot of support amongst the young American archaeologists on the Repton Dig that summer (and by implication amongst their peers back home). Yet independent candidates always seem to come a poor third.

If I'd been voting in this election, and being very underwhelmed by the two main candidates (a minority view, I know), I might well have voted for Nader.

Anyway, Google at last led me to these results, with Nader at least third, way behind the 2 main candidates. In a way I suppose that's not so different from the UK prospect of the LibDems getting a comfortable majority in the House of Commons.

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