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Cornish nationalist

17 Jun

Cornish nationalist have campaigned as long as English counterparts for their devolution cause. Recently I read The Cornish Democrat’s article on ‘English Friends’

“Within the world of English nationalism most Cornish campaigners will not expect to find support….. Quite the opposite is the sad reality. The venom with which English nationalists, even the supposedly more moderate ones from the Campaign for an English Parliament, not to mention hard-right and fascist groups such as the EDP or EFP respectively, attack Cornish nationalists can be quite startling.”

The article questions lack of support for Cornish nationalist among English nationalist. This surprised me, most English nationalist I know support the Cornish cause. So what is happening here ?

The ‘Cornish Democrat’ starts his article calling the English Democrats (English Civic nationalist party) far right and fascists. A lot of people in the English Democrats support Cornish nationalist, attacking their party is not helpful. Calling English nationalist ‘fascist’ seems also hypocritical… “groups such as the EDP or EFP respectively, attack Cornish nationalists can be quite startling”.

An issue English nationalist have is the perception Cornish Nationalist are trying to piggyback our movement. The cause for an English parliament gathered momentum and increasing support due to groups like the The Campaign for an English Parliament. Cornish nationalist want ‘in’ on this momentum (whilst often expressing anti-English views themselves).

This causes a problem, Cornish nationalist want their aims recognised, but this goes against English nationalist current campaign aims.

English nationalist assert that the UK Government has no right to divide England into regions. An English parliament should form, and powers given to local authorities/regions by this English Parliament (not the UK parliament looking to the interest of the Union). We cannot pick up and include the Cornish Cause, to do so goes against our main campaign aims.

This has led to many Cornish nationalists accusing us of being hostile. This is not the cases, we do however object to accepting and championing their cause at the moment (changing in effect our mission statement). English nationalist need to keep our message clear and constant whilst it continues to gain momentum.

The question is, are the Cornish nationalist ready to back the English nationalist in obtaining an English parliament ? Do they trust that parliament to sort out the very real and valid concerns of Cornwall when formed ?

Vuvuzela… enough already

14 Jun

It is official. My dislike for the vuvuzela has officially turned to hate.

It is ruining the world cup atmosphere for me (SA rugby stadia already have a ban on them) FIFA decided to allow them even after the complaints after the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup held in South Africa. There was talk of banning the vuvuzela for the World cup, fans and commentators complained about the noise. The South Africans however claim this plastic 60p horn (massed produced in South Africa & China) is part of Authentic South African football and culture.

The world cup is different nations, their teams and supporters coming together in the worlds greatest sporting event. Each nation brings its own brand of support, samba and Latino music, gutteral German singing, the English marching band – all the nations bring a unique atmosphere to the game. This world cup the atmosphere of the entire competition is the sound of a 90 minutes traffic jam.

However painful the sound is to me on TV and radio, I am thankful that I am not in the stadia. Listen to how the vuvuzela sounds stood among them, imagine 90 minutes non-stop (paying £100’s if not £1000’s to attend the game). Try and listen to the full 2 minutes, how do you feel about another 88 ?

Now compare to a crowd singing.

Football games, stadia, players and a crowd are normally symbiotic. The stadia sound rises and falls through the passage of play. Supporters encourage their team if they are struggling, mock the opponents, cheer good play. The vuvuzela just results in 90 minutes of flat droning, there is no ebb and flow. I have heard people say the fans just need to sing, but it is simply impossible to be heard above the horns

What a shame that South Africa with such a history of dance, music and song will be remembered for a cheap plastic tube. It is not even an original concept, South America crowds used them for decades – thankfully they have the sense to use it sparingly.

You can vote to ban it though sadly it will be to late.

On, on, you noblest English…

12 Jun

Today is also the anniversary of the re-created Shakespeare Globe Theatre as well as England’s first World Cup game of the 2010 finals. I will keep my sentiments simple, a quote from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet “Do it England!”.

I am sure William would be cheering the England team. He could connect with these players performing in front of 60,000 eager fans, England’s popular theatre for the ‘common man’. The sentiments of ABE (anyone but England) from Scotland and Wales would not worry Shakespeare, he would cut them down, waving his pen like a sword, penning a piece of English cutting wit and pride.

When the world cup is over however he would be unfamiliar with the way that Englishness vanishes over night. The playwright lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I this ‘mere English’ woman who instilled a sense of pride and passion in England. Europe feared this rising England, this land of god and man.

I suspect he would be disappointed in English pride. A land where our historians now depict Elizabeth as “short-tempered, sometimes indecisive ruler, who enjoyed more than her share of luck”.

After the World cup is over, those supporting England will settle back into their daily lives, a flutter of pride or disapointement in their chest. The rest of the country will continue to chip away at England, ever more determined to prevent these ‘mere English’ any chance to establish themselves politically or nationally.

England and Englishness has been reduced to something that comes out at sporting tournaments. I hope we can win this tournament, it will give us time and new found confidence. The least it will postpone and prevent people from trying to destroy this last bastion of England.

Labour final swan song, spending our tax money unwisely. (via English Warrior)

11 Jun

An interesting look at what Labour were doing in the last two years of Government when they knew we had a deficit that was out of control. Instead of tackling it they chose to increase spending for non essential schemes.

Labour final swan song, spending our tax money unwisely. Labour spent 1.3 trillion on things like ballet and other unnecessary stuff, all while the country's economy was on a down turn. We will be footing the bill, the rest of the UK will not be paying out of their budgets, again Labour spent the English taxpayers money on non-essential services and projects, people were still losing their houses, jobs and businesses. It would have been better to give the money back to the people, wipe their slates cle … Read More

via English Warrior

Scotland £40 million wealthier after initial cuts ?

9 Jun

So the Conservatives have decided to inflict £6 billion of cuts on the Country. The share for Scotland will be £332 million.

1. Scotland will not have to make these initial cuts cuts until next year.

2. Scotland has also secured an additional £182 million in funding from the UK government known as the fossil fuel levy.

3. Alex Salmond also seems confident he will receive £190m for Scotland as part of the Barnett formula through spending on the London Olympics.

It appears that Scotland does not need to make any cuts after all regarding it’s share of the £6 billion. In fact after this initial round of spending cuts Scotland will be £40 million better off. Must be nice living in the already most affluent nation in Britain.

Coalition destroying England….

8 Jun

England, thousands of years of History, achievements unmatched, it’s world legacy for good and bad alive and shaping the world today. England that many love to hate, many love to blame, many want to destroy. People having ill feeling towards England, wishing to erase it, stop its contribution to history (and slowly erase all knowledge of its past contributions) is nothing new. What is new, is the current and present danger of the Coalition currently governing Britain (and therefore England).

Torque contacted Nick Clegg when announced he would be in charge of answering the West Lothian question for the government. The following reply from Nick Clegg’s office.

“We recognise that devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland poses difficult questions for the governance of England within the Union. I think it’s important to be honest about the fact that it is difficult to find an immediate solution. The idea of ‘English votes for English laws’ is extremely complicated to implement – particularly because many laws actually extend to England only in some parts, while covering other parts of the UK in other areas. Given the fact that changes in spending on English services which would be devolved in the rest of the UK directly affect the devolved administration’s budgets, it is also often the case that ‘English’ legislation actually will affect devolved issues outside of England.

We believe that we can only really deal with this question by looking at it as part of the wider political system. We need to do more, first of all, to give more power to people locally in England – so that they, too, have more control over their own affairs rather than being micromanaged from Whitehall. We want to give local communities real power over their health services and policing, through fairly elected local health boards and police authorities – as well as freeing the hands of local councils, removing power from Westminster and Whitehall. Ultimately, we want to move towards a federal United Kingdom – devolving power within England further and thus resolving this question”.

Lets us be perfectly clear. The Coalitions head of the ‘West Lothian Question’ proposes the same solution as Gordon Browns nations and regions. The nations being Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the regions being East Midlands, East, Greater London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.

When you hear “Ultimately, we want to move towards a federal United Kingdom – devolving power within England further and thus resolving this question.” it is not giving power to England, but bypassing England. Nick Clegg’s preferred solution eliminates the possibility of an English Parliament. There will be no national governance to transfer to an English government. You no longer have a country, you are a region, ruled by an assembly, controlled by a British government which is part controlled by the European Union.

England will have no unified political representation, so it will of course need a thriving present, historical and educational representation if not to disappear into the footnotes of history.

So what do we have ?

Supermarkets that use the national flags of Scotland and Wales but not England to sell goods. English produce is marked with the British flag. Even after campaigning it is hard to get supermarkets to change as they openly say the Celtic fringes will not buy English marked produce.

Charities and organisations operating solely in England refuse to use England in their name, instead they opt for the false and misleading ‘Britain’ identity.

Local authorities and councils ?

Whilst in Scotland “The Saltire should be flown every day from Scottish Government buildings”. How many government buildings or local authorities fly the flag of St.George ? How many celebrate St.Georges day (and the few who do, compare the budget and size to that dedicated to St.Patrick’s day or the annual gay Pride parades).

So who can we look too ? The media ? Well the BBC certainly will not help.

“Reporting the Beijing Olympics, the media, and in particular the BBC, continued to announce medal winners as Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish and British, but not English. In its CEEFAX August 19th 2008 bulletin the BBC described Chris Hoy the triple gold medallist as ‘the Scot’. However, it described Victoria Pendleton the triumphant women’s sprint cyclist Olympic champion from Bedfordshire as ‘British’, not once as English. In the first week of the Games both BBC reporters and BBC CEEFAX described Nicole Cook who took the first gold medal for the British team as Welsh, but Rebecca Adlington who achieved two gold medals in swimming only as ‘British’, never English.’ What is the agenda for denying the identity of England and English achievers?
The presenter of a recent BBC programme called Thomas Tallis and other mediaeval English composers British when they were unequivocally English.”

Will the BBC start referring to athletes as the “South West Olympic gold winner” I doubt it, it will be “British Olympic gold winner”, and the BBC is not alone, as the recent Channel 4 Genius of Britain shows.

These organisations know what many in England refuse to accept. Britishness has been dumped and given up on in Scotland and Wales, the campaigns to preserve it is only happening in England. England is being dismantled, its bones used to support a unionist British political identity that simply has no flesh beyond the halls of Westminster politicians and academics. If England is not recognised now, it is unlikely to be recognized in the future. It will eventually die out, leaving only the past.

So what of the past ?

The devolved nations promote their history in schools and use taxpayers money to promote and fund historical celebrations. Each year Scotland aims to promote itself. Scotland alone had over 400 events to promote, its history, culture and economy. This year Scotland is promoting its food and drink produce. Wales is promoting its history and learning Welsh is mandatory until the age of 16.

Where is the English equivalent ? England has only seen an erosion of our history taught in schools. With the coalitions push for schools to be free from a dictated national curriculum, the teaching of English history will only demise even more over time. If the British government is supposed to be the English government, then why are they not promoting English cultural and historical events or championing English produce ?

Be under no illusions, this coalition government will do whatever it can to keep the Union embers glowing, even if that entails throwing England on the fire.