PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 November, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 November, 2000, 12:00am


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The recent neck-and-neck race, and then the failure to announce the winner and new president of the United States, has shown the world how old-fashioned elections in the US are. It seems to date back to the 18th century when oligarchic forces held power.

Democrat candidate Al Gore wins the popular vote, but his Republican rival George W. Bush wins the electoral votes. The conclusion I draw is that Mr Bush will be a president not chosen by the American people, or at least not by the will of the American public.

The money spent on the costly election campaigns is all down the drain and could have been wisely spent on solving some of the country's more urgent problems. What do the gentlemen politicians of Washington DC and Austin, Texas, do? They spend it on a 'fake' election.

Furthermore, the third presidential candidate, the Green Party's Ralph Nader, was excluded from presidential debates and he is blamed by many Democrat supporters for Mr Gore's 'defeat'. Is that democratic? Now the world knows how democratic the US is: it isn't. So let them keep their mouths shut about other countries; any country. And I wasn't particularly thinking of countries such as China.