I raised a few eyebrows when in the early days of the US Presidential election process I praised Mr Obama’s rhetoric and campaigning ability. It has carried him a long way, and may propel him into the White House in tomorrow’s poll.
Most people in the UK – and the rest of Europe – are keen that he wins. I do not share the excitement of so many, as I do not see in either candidate a new approach to the world economic crisis that offers us hope.
The worst moment of the whole process was when the two Presidential rivals turned up in the Oval office and meekly endorsed the Paulson/Bush plan to squander billions on stressed banks. The plan fell at the first political hurdle in Congress despite the support of the President and both challengers. It has now failed to bring rapid improvement to damaged Amercian markets, but is beginning to impose a huge strain on US finances.
I would like change. I want quicker change in the US/UK approach to the Middle east than we are being offered. Above all I want change in the way the authorities handle the financial crisis – change to a policy which recognises there are distinct limits to what taxpayers can afford. Mr Obama shows no sign of understanding that.