Im hoping this will be a fairly straightforward question but here me out.
In Australia, like in Britain*, we elect a party to run things, and the head of that party becomes Prime Minister and runs the country.
This is obviously different to the US where they elect a man (or in unpopular fiction, a woman ;)) President, and they run things.
The only thing is, in Australia it seems like we have a very American view on things. It isn’t Liberal vs Labor, it is Tony Abbott vs Julia Gillard.
Asking someone “Who did you vote for?” can get the answer of either “[party]” or “[party leader]” and no one bats an eyelid.
From the little British election coverage I have seen it seems like they are more focused on the parties, rather than the leaders.
For instance there was a bit of an uproar among some people when they woke up one day last year to find out they had a PM that they didn’t vote for**. (When Julia Gillard replaced Kevin Rudd as the leader of the Labor party). Half the problem was people thinking “Well I didn’t vote for her!”
Would that reaction happen in Britain?
So do Aussies tend to have an American way of looking at our PM? Or would it be the same in Britain?
*Im saying “Britain” first off and sticking to it, I’m hoping that is the right term, but please correct me if “UK” or even some other term is better.
**Ironically, one of the small reasons that I voted for Rudd over Howard in the 07 election is that Howard said he wouldn’t sit for the full term, and I didn’t want to be given a PM that I didn’t vote for.