Proposed Pledge to Queen Riles Britons British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is considering having teenagers pledge their allegiance to the queen, as part of an effort to encourage a sense of citizenship in culturally fragmented Britain. The proposal has had a mixed response. The proposal has had a mixed response.
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Proposed Pledge to Queen Riles Britons

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Proposed Pledge to Queen Riles Britons

Proposed Pledge to Queen Riles Britons

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is considering having teenagers pledge their allegiance to the queen, as part of an effort to encourage a sense of citizenship in culturally fragmented Britain.

The proposal has had a mixed response. Some civil liberties advocates have applauded the goal but not the method. And one teachers union leader called the idea "simplistic and ridiculous," calling it an attack on the healthy British tradition of skepticism and questioning authority.