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UK as a Cohesive Political Culture

UK as a Cohesive Political Culture The phrase 'political culture' is used a lot and often has a lot of different connotations. Because of this there could a few variations on whether the UK is a cohesive political culture. Most commonly the phrase refers to the a common set of values and ideals which the majority of the populace hold true. But it does not stop there; it is also hard to define what to measure the political culture against and what to count as the majority. For instance in feudal times it is most probable that Britain was described as a unified political culture, yet this was only true as the only people being asked were aristocratic white men. A modern day example of this would be stating that the state of Israel is homogeneous, but only as the current government ignores the refugees hiding from the violence in other countries and so only listens to those who have the same ideals as those in power. Yet clearly Israel is not homogeneous as the Palestinians often take to the street to protest against the government, demonstrating that there are divisions. Returning to Britain and what to measure the cohesion against, we still have trouble defining the question. Even if we assume the majority is of the whole population and not a select group. There are many ways of splitting the populace so as to show divisions that would indicate that Britain certainly does not have a unified political culture. Economically, politically, ethnically, geographically and gender-wise the UK is divided significantly. But does this mean Britain is not a cohesive political culture? On the Broadest terms, taking the majority as the entir... ... middle of paper ... ...g. a mining town will rarely vote Tory). But again (another one), there are exceptions. The closer you look, the bigger some differences are. A prime example is that national the BNP has little power and is often held in contempt showing that nationally the country is not racist. Yet in Oldham the BNP has power and support and that large parts of Oldham's population must agree with its ideals separating themselves from those whom don't. Look at the UK solely then it would be inaccurate to describe Britain's political culture as cohesive, as there are differences. But when considering other nations, then it is clear that despite the differences, the majority of the population all believe in the basics. Thus Britain is in fact a cohesive political culture, but only when the other worse possibilities are revealed.

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