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Britain's election: A muddle across the pond
Britain's election: A muddle across the pond

Americans exasperated by the gridlock in Washington sometimes look enviously at Britain, where the parliamentary system combines executive and legislative duties and the prime minister almost always gets his or her way. Unlike a president who may face a Congress controlled by the other party — a predicament President Obama knows well — a prime minister with a majority in the House of Commons ordinarily can propose and dispose without having to worry about being outvoted. But as citizens in the United Kingdom go to the polls Thursday, it looks as if the result will not be consistency and clarity but a split vote that may result in some odd and unstable alliances — and...

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