The two men couldn't have been more different. One was born in a magnificent palace, the other in a humble farmhouse. One had been in politics for 40 years, the other was a relative newcomer. One was lauded as his country's greatest Prime Minister. The other was derided as an accidental President...
As mothers across Britain wake up this morning to bunches of flowers, breakfast in bed and handmade cards, it seems appropriate that one of the biggest news stories of the past week was the sharp increase in the number of women taking up board positions across the UK. I say "sharp increase", in practical terms, the headline-making reality is merely that we are on track to exceed the government's recommendation of 25% of FTSE 100 board positions being filled by women by 2015, hardly a victory for equality, but a step in the right direction if nothing else.
Normally I wouldn't recommend Britain invading any nation, let alone one with nuclear weapons and a population of heavily armed Fox News viewers. This drastic course of action is not for the sake of freeing a people from the tyranny of nihilistic capitalism, but in order to save Britain from itself.
Politics provides one of the most vivid and telling measures of how wide the Atlantic really is. It is not just that the point of gravity in America is so much further to the right, such that David Cameron would be considered by many Americans as 'socialistic' just for his support of the National Health Service. It is that ideas and beliefs that would be thought daft in Britain are part of mainstream discourse in the US.