I'd like to be clear in my earlier sentiment. I like people from the UK, and I like New Zealanders. (Is it offensive to you folks to be called Kiwis?) But these governments, while being perhaps close to the kind of democratic republic we have here in the U.S. have already removed some of the freedoms that Americans still cling to, even though our own government is trying pretty hard to usurp those as well.
People are most free when self-governed. As soon as government as an entity comes into play, it begins to make laws and regulations that inhibit the people's freedom in order to ensure its own continuance and increase its own power for power's sake. It might in the beginning be a well meaning, benevolent government, but sometimes those are the worst kind.