Bank bailouts. Deficit spending. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The issues that have come to define the American political landscape in recent months are now playing out across the Atlantic, as voters in the U.K. prepare to choose their next government.
One was a rowdy college student. Another played rugby. And a third drunkenly burned down a cactus farm. Each of the leaders of Britain’s three major parties has his fair share of quirks. And observers say the personalities of the leaders matter than ever before.