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The Times - United Kingdom | 20/04/2010

British Liberal Democrats spoilt for choice

The Liberal Democrats' candidate for the office of British Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is capitalising on his outsider status. His chances of winning the election are small, but the likelihood of the election producing a parliament without a clear majority is growing. The daily The Times asks with which of the two major parties Clegg could form a ruling coalition: "The Liberal Democrat leader is keeping his options open about whom he would support in a hung Parliament. Allies emphasise that he could prop up one party or another on individual issues, rather than going into a formal coalition with Labour or the Conservatives. But the extraordinary political climate has highlighted divisions within as well as between the parties. The truth is that Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are already coalitions of people with quite different views and the more uncertain the result of the election, the more pressure they will be put under."

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | 12/02/2008

Great Britain debates the implementation of sharia law

Rachel Sylvester, a columnist for the right-wing daily, writes that Britain is not a secular state and has a deeply Christian history. "This weekend, Dr Rowan Williams discovered the true implications of his observation. Marx once described religion as the opium of the people; the archbishop has found that it has the potential to be a form of intellectual cocaine, which will keep the nation up and arguing all night. Dr Williams's suggestion that the introduction of sharia law in some parts of Britain was 'unavoidable' did not just challenge the legal system; it also raised questions about the relationship between Church and State. ... This is not just about the rules governing mortgages and divorce. It is about the nature of British identity. ... Britain is not a secular state like France or Turkey. Its history and culture are based on the link between Church and State. It is odd for the archbishop to deny that."

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | 18/04/2006

British National Party exploits 'quality-of-life' grievances

Columnist Rachel Sylvester reacts to a report, by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, claiming that a quarter of London voters are toying with the idea of backing the extreme-right British National Party in local elections in May. "The truth is that support for the BNP is not really a protest vote against a racially mixed society: it is a cry of rage about the quality of life in some of the poorest areas in the country. ... The BNP is exploiting a growing sense of frustration with genuine problems: the lack of affordable housing, the increase in low-level crime, the failure of inner-city schools, the loss of a sense of identity among white working-class men following the collapse of traditional industries. ... The rise of the BNP should shock the mainstream political parties out of their torpor. But it must not be allowed to change the direction or the tone of British politics. That really would be a victory for the extremists."

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