The United Kingdom and the United States are both affected by and concerned about the war in Iraq, the credit crises, the housing market, oil prices, globalisation, immigration, and a host of other challenging situations.

Notice some similarities in recent events:

US: A Democrat won one of the safest Republican seats in the House of Representatives last week.

UK: Last week, the Conservatives thumped Labour in the Crewe and Nantwich by-election.

US: “The Republicans [are] busy dying. The brightest of them see no immediate light. They're frozen, not like a deer in the headlights but a deer in the darkness, his ears stiff at the sound. Crunch. Twig. Hunting party." - Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter, Wall Street Journal columnist, and influential Republican

UK: “The lesson tonight for the Labour Party is that it is change or bust." - John McDonell

US: “[I’ll]… build a coalition for change that stretches through red states and blue states because that's how we'll win in November, and that's how we'll finally meet the challenges that we face as a nation." - Barack Obama

UK: “I want to go on building this broad coalition for change so we can bring our country better government." - David Cameron

I guess it's the political cycle at work!