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The Guardian - United Kingdom | 19/09/2014

Time for a fresh start

Even if the Scottish population has voted against independence, simply consolidating the status quo would be the wrong approach, the left-liberal daily The Guardian stresses: "Something that thousands of Scots wanted to be wonderful or merely just to witness has disappeared. The anticlimax will be cruel and crushing. For others, the majority, there will be thankfulness above all but uneasiness too. Thursday's vote exposed a Scotland divided down the middle and against itself. ... Healing that hurt will not be easy or quick. It's time to put away all flags. The immediate political question now suddenly moves to London. … The deal [of a new devolution settlement] needs to be on the table by the end of next month. It will not be easy to reconcile all the interests - Scots, English, Welsh, Northern Irish and local. But it is an epochal opportunity. The plan, like the banks, is too big to fail."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 06/11/2013

Martin Kettle sees no dangerous shift to the right in Europe

Voter support for right-wing populist parties has risen in several EU states recently. However there is no sign of a dangerous pan-European shift to the right, writes columnist Martin Kettle in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: "Focusing on the real far right has an honourable history. But it is deeply rooted in the terrible experience of interwar Germany. That is not a good historical model for today. The reality is that no country in modern Europe is like the Weimar Republic. ... Contrary to what is said by those who focus on the far right, the most striking aspect of the modern crisis is the adaptability and resilience of existing institutions, including the EU, in the face of huge pressures. ... In most countries, including Britain, most voters continue to vote for traditional political parties, not new ones. And in most countries, also including Britain, most people seem to prefer to give the existing system the benefit of the doubt, albeit often with understandably bad grace."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 10/05/2012

Queen's speech betrays coalition's weaknesses

Queen Elizabeth's traditional speech from the throne marking the opening of parliament and presenting the government's legislative programme shows up the weaknesses of the current Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition in a dramatic way, the left-liberal daily The Guardian comments: "It tells a story of political uncertainty that ought to seriously worry coalition strategists. … This is a moment when the government needs to have something clearer and more uplifting to say. Wednesday's speech squandered that opportunity, but it did so because the coalition parties now struggle to agree on the country they want to build. ... The coalition could have and should have used the Queen's speech to assert a clearer set of social values, perhaps on care of the elderly, or perhaps on energy prices, or even - though it goes against the grain to do it - on social housing. Any of these might have reasserted the coalition's claims to be a truly national government, concerned with social justice as well as economic rectitude."

The Guardian - United Kingdom | 16/04/2010

TV debate: Clegg scores clear victory over Prime Minister

For the first time in the UK the candidates for the office of British Prime Minister faced each other in a televised electoral debate. The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, won a clear victory over current Prime Minister Gordon Brown and conservative challenger David Cameron, the daily The Guardian believes: "Clegg, treated fairly by the system for once and not barracked by backbench bullies from the other parties, had most to gain and duly gained it. 'We need to be clear with you and straight with you' may sound like political blah but voters like honesty. This was a huge evening for the Liberal Democrats. Clegg was helped merely by being there. But he also had to prove he was worthy of his equality with Brown and Cameron. There's not much doubt that he succeeded."

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