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The Queen and the Dalai Lama

Britain and Tibet share some characteristics. They both are small countries whose geography has to some degree insulated them. They both have developed unique cultures that have contributed to world civilization. And both cultures are under threat by peoples who do not share, or even care, for them.

The Dalai Lama is a spiritual and political leader. The Queen is the head of the Church of England and Britain's constitutional monarch. The Queen and the Dalai Lama are unelected. In the case of Tibet, if there were an election, there is little doubt that the Dalai Lama would be elected by Tibetans. They are confident that the Dalai Lama will always stand up for the Tibetan people.

If the British were to elect their head of state, HM The Queen would probably also be elected. However, some think the result of an election would depend on how seriously she takes her Coronation Oath, in which she promised to preserve her people’s laws and customs. Is she prepared, even at this late date, to show that she cares more for her people than the politicians and civil servants who advise her? To honour her Coronation Oath and protect her people’s freedoms she must refuse Her Royal Assent to the Lisbon Treaty, should it be passed by Parliament, because the Treaty would destroy Britain’s laws, customs and sovereignty.

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