In case you're unaware, the Merry Old United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is holding it's general election tomorrow. Huge governmental changes coming tomorrow. And this ad with Eddie Izzard is the kind of political spot the British people get? Talking?! And when I say "talking," I don't mean "accusing" and "condemning." I mean something a bit closer to "informing" and "persuading."
Oh, England. How so very droll you are…
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If you've never heard of Doctor Who — the forty-seven year running TV series on the BBC — stop now, find another article, there's probably one with Glenn Beck looking silly on it.
Okay? Well, if you're still here, I'm assuming that you are familiar with the show about time-traveling alien The Doctor in a blue box obsessed with Earth and sticking his oar in around the universe, often pursuing or pursued by the metal-cased Dalek race. In Britain, it's pretty much the top rated show going and in the US the new season just broke audience records over at BBC America.
It's so popular in Britain that it seems to have merged with the General Election campaign. The Radio Times, the UK equivalent of the TV times, ran three separate covers the other week, each with a different coloured Dalek matching the three main parties on the front with Westminster in the background, with the headline "Vote Dalek."
Tags: Conservative Party (UK), David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Indecision Internationale, Labour Party (UK), Television, United Kingdom
On last night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart and John Oliver discussed the latest story to come out of the British election. I don't know about you, but I still haven't decided which candidate to back. I just can't get a clear take on their positions on the issues most important to UK voters, like blood pudding reform and lifting the ban on chimney sweeps in the military.
The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.
For quick summaries of recent episodes, be sure to visit Intel's Daily Show in :60 Seconds page.
Tags: England, Gordon Brown, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Labour Party (UK), Nick Clegg, The Daily Show, United Kingdom, Video
There's nothing quite like making a gaffe in an election campaign. The off-the-cuff, not thoroughly-thought-through comment that gets picked up by the press and then swirls around the media impervious to all efforts to be put back in the box. But how can you make the best gaffes to guarantee the best headlines? Here are a few examples to follow…
5. Declare War Before You're Even Prime Minister
David Cameron — leader of the Opposition — expressed in leadership debates a desire to retain an independent nuclear arsenal because, "We don't know what is going to happen with Iran, we can't be certain of the future in China?" Because yes, that's what you want to do in an election campaign, suggest that you may want to go to war with a big emerging superpower that happens to have a hundred more warheads than you? The story of David and Goliath usually goes the other way in real life.
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