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Blurting out the truth

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Submitted by Ann Farmer (United Kingdom), Feb 13, 2008 at 17:57

Despite the furor caused by the Archbishop of Canterbury's comment on the likelihood of Britain adopting Sharia, drawing fire from all sides, it could be that he has done us a favour by drawing attention to something that might otherwise have been achieved by stealth.

Already it appears that the Department of Works and Pensions has allowed benefits to be given to supplementary wives, even though bigamy is still a criminal offence, and while berating the disabled for not working. Because of the way our electoral system works, the concentration of Muslim votes in inner cities means that politicians can win seats even on a low turn out of voters, providing those communities do not fan out to the suburbs. So even though Sharia may not appeal to the majority of Muslims (otherwise, presumably, they would reside in states with such arrangements) politicians like to harp on 'racism' and are constantly on the look out for cheap stunts to win votes from minorites - gesture politics. The Archbishop of Canterbury is no different from many in our New Left ruling class; all he has done is to say publicly (very publicly!) the unsayable, thus making it less likely that others will say it. He has probably done us all a favour.

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