It has always seemed to me that Neville Chamberlain has had a raw deal. Everyone agrees that his policy of appeasement was disgraceful/shaming/disastrous, and when I say 'everyone' I include every politician both here and in the USA. Yet actually 'appeasement' is the bread and butter of politicians everywhere. British politicians have made a speciality of caving into Europe over the last twenty years which is of course appeasement by another name. So what is so refreshing about the current American debt ceiling 'crisis,' is that there seems to be a new breed of politicians at large in America who say what they think and do what they say. For years us poor voters have been consistently lied to by all politicians who say one thing and do the other and then excuse their actions as 'pragmatic', reaching a 'consensus' finding the 'middle ground' or some other such guff. Listening to the Tea Party Representatives setting out their stall and saying that this is it - take it or leave it - to the President is thus great. Listening to virtually every single 'responsible' commentator
urging the parties to 'compromise' (appeasement ) in order avoid a Armageddon of a financial crisis is also interesting as that is exactly what Neville Chamberlain did and history has damned him forever.
Personally I don't think the crisis will be as fraught financially as the great and good make out. After all if the Tea Party actually win - and it is difficult for me to see how they won't win as they seem to hold the best cards- then the prospects for the American economy will actually improve. In any event this is the highest stake poker game ever and compulsive viewing. The really good news about it though is that it is an infallible rule that what happens today in the USA will happen here tomorrow and so, with luck some of our newly elected MP's might just begin to show the blancmange Cameron that they have a spine and like the American Tea Party representatives have principles which they are ot prepared to compromise on. Now that really would put me in a good mood.