What can UK politicians learn from Scott Brown's shock victory in Massachusetts?
By Stephen Barber
Commentators on both sides of the Atlantic have been pretty condescending about the shock victory of Republican Scott Brown in the race to win the Massachusetts Senate Seat vacated by Ted Kennedy.
Their criticism, it seems, surrounds a few seconds in his election broadcast where he proclaims, "Hi, I'm Scott Brown and this is my truck." But that condescension is misplaced because Brown's was a superior election campaign to the incumbent opposition and while those of us in Europe who applaud President Obama's health care reforms might sympathise with his new woes, this is surely democracy in action. And there is a lesson or two in the episode for our own politicians in Britain.
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