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What is the difference between British society and the rest of Europe?

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    (Original post by Dux_Helvetica)
    Nonsense. The Netherlands is far more progressive than Britain and far more cosmopolitan. Germany is way more industrious and has a unique symbiosis of socialism and capitalism that seems to work. Denmark, like most Scandinavian countries, is obsessed with egalitarianism. For better and for worse, Britain has none of these characteristics. These are only broad, single statements too. I could go on and on about how different these countries are to both Britain and to each other (although they are more similar to each other than they are Britain).

    The only way that they are similar is that they all speak Germanic languages (all specifically West Germanic with the exception of Danish which is North Germanic) and have some degree of genetic similarity (again, the continentals are more similar to one another than they are to the British). They are also all predominantly Protestant.

    It's not quite like the difference between Japanese society and Tanzanian society but its profound enough.
    I agree with you. The UK is 'more like' them countries when compared to the rest of Europe, but its still massively different.
    I think the UK is has a fairly unique society when compared to the rest of Europe, same goes for the rest of the European nations. That's not to say British society is better or worse, yet the difference is profound.
    When comparing it to other European countries, Italy, Spain and France for example the difference is increasingly large.

    Europe has a massive array of social differences, it's not a single block of social society. But is anywhere similar in that respect? Canada and the USA might seem very similar but there are key social and cultural differences which define the country and its people.
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    (Original post by TheHansa)
    They're also less far right than the far-right parties in the UK.
    Nonsense. The Party for freedom is the third largest Dutch political party, and they are far, far more right wing than the conservatives.
    This is a mainstream political party, with arguably radical right views similar to that of the BNP.
    The less popular far right parties are even more hardline than their UK counterparts. Imagine the EDL, but as a structured and organised political force.

    There is growing anti-immigration, anti-Islam, anti-multiculturalism growing all over Europe. Britain is actually fairing pretty well when you look in depth at some other nations!
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    (Original post by lonelykatana)
    Nonsense. The Party for freedom is the third largest Dutch political party, and they are far, far more right wing than the conservatives.
    This is a mainstream political party, with arguably radical right views similar to that of the BNP.
    The less popular far right parties are even more hardline than their UK counterparts. Imagine the EDL, but as a structured and organised political force.

    There is growing anti-immigration, anti-Islam, anti-multiculturalism growing all over Europe. Britain is actually fairing pretty well when you look in depth at some other nations!
    These are their main policies


    Recording ethnicity for all Dutch citizens. (p. 11)

    Introduction of a Direct Democracy

    No Coffee Shops within a radius of at least 1 kilometer from schools (p. 11)

    Active repatriation of criminals of foreign citizenship and Dutch nationals originating from the Netherlands Antilles (p. 11)

    Deportation of criminals with a Double nationality or single foreign nationality back to their country of origin, after a prison sentence. (p. 13)

    Restrictions on immigrant labour from new EU member states and Islamic countries (p. 15)

    Removal of resources from anti-climate change programmes, development aid and immigration services (p. 17)

    Abolition of the Senate (p. 19)

    Closing Islamic schools (p. 15)

    Hard punishment of violence against homosexuals and Jews, which particularly comes from the Islamic corner (p. 13)

    Forbid Islamic gender apartheid (p. 15)

    General Pension (AOW) age must stay 65 (p. 21)

    Governmental communication to be exclusively in Dutch or Frisian (p. 35)

    Dutch language proficiency and a 10-year Dutch residency and work experience requirement for welfare assistance (p. 15)

    Constitutional protection of the dominance of the Judeo-Christian and humanistic culture of the Netherlands (p. 35)

    Choosing to defend the essential elements of Dutch culture: freedom of homosexuals and equality of men and women (p. 33)

    Repeal of anti-smoking legislation in bars (p. 39)

    Investment in more nuclear power plants and clean coal plants to reduce dependency on imported oil and because coal is cheaper (p. 47)


    Apart from the Islam obsession the party is left of UKIP (perhaps this is the case even with the Islam obsession) and in some areas more liberal than the tories but in some ways less so. I don't agree mind, but the UK, England particularly is a Daily Mail-esque right wing country with an overgrown sense of its own righteousness and a seige mentality.
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