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Hayder is a Researcher at the Centre for Academic Shi’a Studies. He is also a postgraduate student at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS. You can follow him on Twitter @Hayder_alKhoei

Britain on a knife-edge

British politics has really kicked of in the last few weeks. The controversy surrounding Diane Abbott and her off-the-cuff statements about a white conspiracy to divide-and-conquer has only worsened the crisis following Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s remarks that Cameron was “a dictator in Europe.”

In early December, whilst David Cameron was in Brussels keeping an eye on the EU Treaty talks, Nick Clegg – in response to the British veto – claimed Cameron was not only a dictator but also “much worse than Hitler.”

The Prime Minister was understandably furious at his Deputy but Downing Street was trying to understand if Clegg’s comments were meant to be taken as an insult or compliment. Clegg has previously gone on the record to say “the Nazi Party is the best party in Europe, even better than the Liberal Democratic party which I head.” The gloves came off, however, when the Supreme Court issued an arrest warrant for Business Secretary Vince Cable on charges that he has been aiding and abetting terrorist attacks on senior politicians in Whitehall.

The Prime Minister immediately seized on this opportunity and moved against both Abbott and Clegg simultaneously. He accused the former of being “a racist who has no place in Her Majesty’s Opposition” whilst passionately arguing that his coalition partner Clegg “was no longer fit for government.”

There has been much speculation over why Cameron is trying to consolidate his power. Many believe that sectarian and racist motives can easily explain why the Prime Minister is turning into a dictator.

David Cameron is a white Anglican, where as Clegg is an atheist, Cable is old and Abbott is black. Therefore the evidence is incontrovertible. Dr Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House, summed it up succinctly when he appeared on Newsnight and said, “the Prime Minister is both a Christian fundamentalist and racist,” before adding “and clearly he hates old people too.”

Britain is now on a knife-edge. Locals in Sheffield, mainly Clegg’s constituents, are calling for autonomous rule. Following protests in Sheffield and Twickenham, Cameron has deployed the SAS in a bold move seen as further proof of his dictatorial tendencies. A City analyst remarked “He’s more Thatcher than Hitler to be honest, but he has many years ahead of him and people are frightened”

Meanwhile, French-backed militias in the southwest of England continue posing a danger to the stability of the United Kingdom. Three years ago, Cameron sent in the British Army to cleanse Cornwall from these terrorists but he has decided to bring them back into the political process in a move that has left many analysts baffled.

A senior civil servant at the Foreign Office, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, tried to clear up the confusion when he said “many people may not like what the Prime Minister is doing but he owes his position partly due to French lobbying” referring to speculation that Colonel Viduad, commander of an elite unit of the French Special Forces that operate worldwide, made a surprise and secret visit to Buckingham Palace and convinced Her Majesty to ask Cameron to form a coalition government following the 2010 general elections.

However, the arrest warrant cannot be implemented as Cable has fled to Scotland, which is semiautonomous and on the verge of declaring independence. The Liberal Democrats are now arguing that the case should be referred to the High Court of Justiciary, which remains the supreme court for criminal cases in Scotland. The conservative party reacted strongly to this and reminded everyone that “the scene of the crime is London and so Cable must be prosecuted here.”

The next few weeks in Britain will be the most testing in recent memory. As power-sharing partners aim to convene a national conference to settle political disputes at the end of the month, the people will be bracing themselves for an uncertain future.


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