Not that I would trade our system for theirs, but one of the endearing characteristics of the British parliamentary system is the direct confrontation regular members of parliament have with the Prime Minister. Each Wednesday, the PM travels to Westminster for his weekly inquisition and insult. Apparently, the tradition carries over to PM Gordon Brown’s visits to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
In this clip, British Member of European Parliament (MEP) Dan Hannan skewers British PM Gordon Brown for the sorry state of Britain’s fiscal affairs. Given the opportunity, I’m confident that we have plenty of people in the US House and Senate that could give Mr. Hannan a run for his oratorical money. Unfortunately, President Obama is able to hide behind his teleprompter and a still-largely-compliant press.