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BH Sunday, 16 December, 2001, 13:24 GMT
Allegiance to what?
Oldham riots
Would an oath of allegiance prevent another Oldham?
Does the UK need an oath of loyalty? After the riots in Burnley and Oldham in the summer, the Cantle report by the Community Cohesion Review team has suggested an oath of allegiance to set out citizens' "clear primary loyalty" to Britain.

Who would be required to swear the oath was not clear, and neither did the report suggest what the wording should be.

The Home Office did not sound thrilled:

"If you start talking about formal statements of allegiance, you will get bogged down with what is written on the paper, rather than the more serious debate about what the values are."

Well indeed. But talking about the wording reveals the issues...which is why we locked columnists and old friends of the programme, Peter Hitchens, author of 'The Abolition of Britain' and Zia Sardar, New Statesman columnist, in a room to thrash out what the wording of a British oath should be.

Would they agree on what the oath should say?


Listen to their discussion by clicking above.

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Peter Hitchens:
In the Blue Corner...
Zia Sardar:
In the Left Corner
Peter Hitchens and Zia Sardar:
Square up in our battle for a new Oath of Allegiance

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