I am about to provide a public service for those of my readers from outside the USA. We have all been hearing a great deal about the American election and we are of course all interested in it because as the saying goes, when America sneezes, the rest of the world gets covered in icky green slimy stuff.
Anyway, for those of you who are confused about the American political system and what exactly the difference is between Republicans and Democrats, I am here to help. Or rather, my elder son is.
We attended the boys' school last night for parents' night - our chance to get a first hand report from our children's teachers about just how wonderful our offspring are and out of precisely how many of their orifices the sun shines. First Born's teacher is American, from Boston. She let the class hold their own version of the election using copies of her own postal ballot paper (is that an offence? Copying your ballot paper? It sounds like something that might be) and Obama won a landslide. This was two days ago so clearly those 10 year olds had their fingers on the pulse.
She was very complimentary about FB's enthusiasm for the project and described how seriously he took the issues, even down to canvassing his classmates at breaktime. She overheard him in the playground holding forth to a group of fellow P6s about the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Apparently "the Republicans live in the middle of America and the Democrats live round the outside." So now you know.