I'm going to start this thread with an [link=http://www.economist.com/daily/news/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10927596&top_story=1]Econmost poll and article[/link] Some very interesting differance's and similaraities with the US and UK are highlited in this poll. One result that surprised me is that the Americans are keener on the "special relationship" than Brits. In hindsight, however, this shouldn't be a surprise. Many Brits hate George Bush and his hawkish regime, so a significant cooling in British attitudes towards the US is to be expected. Having said that, the UK still regards the US most favourably compared to any other major nation - This could imply that the "special relationship" has survieved despite the exuberance and arrogance displayed by Bush and Blair. So this poll got me thinking; Where does the special relationship go now? Does it go anywhere? Is it outdated, a relic from the Cold War that is no longer important to either side? What are US attitudes towards the "special relationship?" Does it matter to you whether the close ties between the US and UK survive? Or would you rather the links be severed? My own feeling is that the "special relationship" is still important and relevent. The goals and aspirations both nations share are so similar that it makes sense we would forge a close alliance on the international stage. I can actually see it going from stregnth to stregnth over the nextt decade. My suspicion is that if Obama wins the US Presidency and David Cameron wins the UK Premiership in 2010, a new era of close relations will ensure between the US and UK. By the same token should Hilary Clinton win, I think Gordon Brown would forge quite a close bond with her. Overall, I believe the British will find it much easier to support a Demorcratic run White House and over the next decade we will see a rebirth of US/UK closeness. I believe this is a fundametally good thing (even though it got my country involved in the Iraq shambles) and I'm happy it appears the close ties between the US and UK look set to continue, despite our obvious many differances. What do you guys think?