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Well, the big day is here at last. It's been a rollercoaster of a ride here, there's been some interesting comments on the internet...
"Meow" - Colin the Cat, UK
And some mud slung around...
"You have been taking a lot of liberties with cats lately" - Mr T Clark, USA
And even some outright craziness...
"I prefer the government of Belize" - Mr J Crow, USA
But enough is enough now, and today we shall put forward our cases as to why our political system is better.
The case for the UK
Well, our system was here first. The UK has not been conquered or occupied for over a thousand years, and over that time we have been able to develop our system, from the Magna Carta (signed 800 years ago this year) giving power to the lords of the country, to the extension of power to commoners, to the current Westminster system (called this because it's from Westminster in the UK) which is replicated around the world, including in such outposts as the USA.
The UK does not have a president, instead opting for a system where even our Prime Minster can be held to account by Parliament. This gives confidence in that the rule of the head of government must be just, or face removal from office. In the US however, the President is separated from the Senate, so they only address the Senate once a year, and they can find themselves in the difficult position of the Senate having a majority of members allied to a different party than the President, hamstringing the President.
And of course, the UK is a constitutional monarchy, and executive rule is held by Her Majesty the Queen. Monarchs are increasingly rare in today's world, and I can understand the argument for republics - but consider this. The UK is one of the few (if not the only) countries that became a republic, and then invited the King back to allow the return of the country to a monarchy. That means that our monarchs are clearly the best.
This briefly adds up to the UK's political system being superior than the US.
But don't let this be enough reason for you - this video is where all the action is, with the full discussion - watch it below:
And now - go see Tim's blog (and video) for the case for the US that he is putting forward today. And when you're done, make sure to leave us a comment on what side you're on!