UK Daily: Bush Best for US President

By Patrick Goodenough | July 7, 2008 | 8:08 PM EDT

London ( - Britain's biggest-selling broadsheet newspaper Monday expressed full support for Texas Governor George W. Bush's bid for the White House.

The Daily Telegraph praises Bush's economic policies - including social security reform and tax cut proposals - and welcomes a foreign policy it predicts will "break decisively with the Soviet-era notion that American foreign policy should center on its relationship with Russia."

While acknowledging that Bush is "clearly no intellectual," it argues that this is a comparatively unimportant requirement for a successful presidency. The GOP candidate does, moreover, had sufficient self-confidence to surround himself by able advisors.

From a British point of view, the conservative-leaning daily says a Bush presidency may see the UK invited to join the NAFTA trading bloc.

The newspaper's editorial also relishes the prospect that Bush's victory would destabilize Prime Minister Tony Blair's New Labor, which had "psychologically set much store by links with the Clinton-Gore team."

President Bush, it concludes, "will be good for America and for the world."

Two other serious London dailies focused on the US presidential election in headlines on Monday.

The Times endorses neither candidate but looks at their policy proposals, arguing that neither would realistically be able to implement all they are promising the electorate.

"The entire debate between tax cuts and spending increases is an almost surreal exercise. It depends on economic estimates stretching ahead as far as 2013 being realized in practice."

It will be the annual performance of the US economy that dictates the options available to the next president, whoever he may be, the paper says. Partisan control over the House of Representatives could also play a major role.

The left-wing Guardian, meanwhile, looks at the election itself, deploring the traditionally poor voter turnout and the fact that the winner will be able to rely on the support of, at most, one in four Americans.

It approves of Ralph Nader's campaign, and says that - despite the Gore camp's assertion that a vote for the Green Party candidate would be "wasted" and, in effect, a vote for Bush - it cannot be assumed that the five percent of voters who may support Nader would have voted in the first place had he not been seeking election.

"By offering a radically different, iconoclastic vision, Mr. Nader effectively enfranchises many alienated voters - and does sterling service to a democracy in decline," says the Guardian.

Patrick Goodenough
Patrick Goodenough
Spencer Journalism Fellow