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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

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England, a sense of Englishness

2 Jun

English ethnic and civic nationalism is growing in England,  however an enemy is hampering their progress, and taking the ground from under them. The enemy ? Each other.

When there is a fight with political parties, when policy gets forged, the public engaged, positions decided there is an absence of English Nationalist ( they are off-screen pulling each others hair). When the press pack melt away, their stories ready to print, the English nationalist are not part of it, our story to the public remains untold.

The reason is both groups have their own ideas and policies, some the same others very divergent. For us to get our message out we need to put aside the differences, and work on the common ground. There are too few of us to have more than one strong camp.

How do we get what we want ? Well how about we look first to our borders at the Welsh immigration experience.

In the mid 1700’s Wales was relatively poor, its population low, its future bleak. However money from the British Empire was finding its way to Wales, the start of the industrial revolution in Britain started to bring opportunities. This led to a need for a new work force

“Such was the rate of growth at this time that South Wales absorbed immigrants at a faster rate than any where in the world except the United States of America. Up until the 1890s, many of the people who moved into the Coalfield were from other counties in Wales… After the 1890s, many more immigrants came from England, particularly from Somerset, Gloucestershire and Cornwall. People also came from further afield, such as Ireland, Scotland and even Australia….Two statistics tell the story: in 1801 the population of Glamorgan was 70,879 – in 1901 it was 1,130,668. In 1851, the population of the Rhondda was 1,998 – in 1911 it was 152,781”

There was at first a lot of friction, integration did not happen. The immigrant populations brought their own religions, customs, traditions and institutions in Paul O’Leary’s book he says

“there was little evidence of Celtic solidarity and the Irish often met with violent hostility from the Welsh. Nevertheless, by the late 19th century the tortuous process of integration was well under way…. criminality and drink… the establishment of community institutions ranging from Catholic churches and schools to pubs and bookshops, from friendly societies to political organizations; the mobilization of support for Irish nationalist organizations”

The Welsh culture and sense of nation is as much a melting pot of ideas and people (from the United Kingdom and parts of Europe) as England today. The people of Wales however have a strong sense of being Welsh, of history and tradition even though many will have very little Welsh ancestry. The success in integrating people into your society is time, and a sense of what your nation is. You can forge a sense of nationhood, it however needs a framework in place to guide the communities and people.

This imagined community of a country is a construct. Even in a small nation like Wales most people never know, meet, or even hear of most of their fellow countrymen. Any concept of national identity is not innate and unchanging, but fragile, contested, and constructed over time… In the decade before the First World War, the rate of immigration into Wales was second only to that of the USA…. Any recognisably separate identity to that of England would have disappeared into the footnotes of history. Over a period of four generations, from the late 18th to the early 20th Century, these immigrants were thoroughly absorbed, creating a melting pot that gave birth to a unique culture. A culture which defines “Welshness” far more keenly than any bardic ceremony.”

England is undergoing population and cultural change unprecedented in our recent history. A sense and culture of Englishness can and will ultimately emerge. We need the institutions of England willing to take their place and help engage and promote this culture. If your own government and institutions do not promote (or actively derail) a sense of nationhood, then there will be conflict and disharmony. The constituent parts of communities fight to stake their own claims, this then becomes a fragmented divisive nation.

Wales once a nation with little future and sense of self, emerged with a keen sense of culture and nationhood. Built on the back of (not held back by) immigration. We now have Welsh descendants of those from other parts of the UK, considering their ancestral nations and people as foreign.

Some Welsh people who would say, actually, that the immigration population is 50% because there are all these English people that have come here who are undermining our communities and pinching our housing and so on…. Cymuned, the pressure group that campaigns for the Welsh-speaking heartlands, welcomed Mr Wolfendale’s comments. “We welcome the fact that the DCC realises that moving so many people from England to Wales does have an impact and that it should beconsidered by the [British] Home Secretary Charles Clarke as part of the government’s immigration policy,” says Aran Jones, chief executive of Cymuned. “The Welsh Assembly needs to act to ensure that people living in Wales learn Welsh or at least have the courtesy to try and understand that we have our language and culture.”Mr Wolfendale says that much of the increase is due to the fact that thepolice are actively encouraging people to come forward and report hate crime of all types, not just race crime.”

English nationalist can create this sense of nationhood in England,  there are specific policies that we can agree on. We need to start this policy of integration into a shared inclusive Englishness and nation hood. The beginning of our journey can be on the same path, we do not have to choose the fork in the road until we safely get there.

St.George flag ban reality

30 May

England Flag, St.George

The reported England flag ban (St.George flag) and banning England shirts has seen a lot of internet rage lately.

The anger started when the Sun reported police guidance issued to pubs in Croydon suggesting a dress code (preventing football shirts being worn). The Police denied suggestions they were trying to ban England shirts. However when the authority responsible for your livelihood issues guidance on your conduct, or business they have more gravitas than mere ‘suggestions’.

None of this bothered me. A paper prints a story, people get outraged, the story denied, more outrage at the reporters and then the next step ensues. The denials such thing exists. The sanctimonious start pointing at those who believed such bans possible. Believers in these stories are labelled stupid and gullible (whilst also conceding such bans have happened in the past).

“These days you’re never more than a couple of clicks away from debunkers quick to squash these kinds of stories, though it’s worth pointing out that debunking a myth that people find believable and which fits to their prejudices can, surprisingly, make people believe the myth all the more. And while it’s (partly) true that England shirts have been ‘banned’ in the past.

You would expect those not taken in by the outrage of the original stories to be above the ignorance or pettiness, they are more ‘tolerant’ and ‘intelligent’…..

“You know, once it might have been intellectual shits and giggles to laugh at these cretins from the sidelines. But now, when groups like this can canvas this much interest, it’s time to worry. Something has to be done about the festering ignorance and prejudice of these morons, I’m so sick of all this. “

“Some of my facebook friends joined one of these groups. I put them straight and then de-friended them.”

I am guessing they were not really friends then, or you are just as odious and intolerant as those you ‘de-friend’.

“I’m always amused by how the people who shout loudest about being proud of being English are generally the the people who are least able to spell English words correctly. “If there affended they shood go back to there own country” etc.

If people had actually looked at the facebook pages linked to the very story they read and commented on. They would see mainly young children and teenagers. Their writing skills not developed, their spelling and grammar poor (even more so than normal when typing on a computer or phone, for a quick facebook comment).

Many will be like me. Received at best an average (if not damned right awful) education. We were never destined for an academic life, taught the basics, patted on the backs and told good luck. So yes a lot of people have poor spelling and grammar, many since leaving school will never have picked up a pen (short of filling out a form or two once a year).

The ‘intelligent’, liberal posters are quick to attack people for believing an untrue story as stupid, racists and uneducated. The same people who a generation ago would mock uneducated mill workers, farmers, tin and coal miners. People unable to read or write, having to sign their names with a X. How dare these people have a view (no matter whether right or wrong), look at how they express their thoughts – uneducated plebs.


“the flip side of this kind of thing is that it also brings out the nasty snobby side of lot of supposedly liberal people – check out the comments on the Liberal Conspiracy post on this topic, where there’s no shortage of people claiming anyone who wears an England shirt is an inbred idiotic racist.”

Here is the important part few liberals in their eagerness to shove their own bigotry down to print explore.

“The question here is not so much the particular incident sparking this internet outrage, but why people were so eager to believe it. Is it really beyond the realms of possibility that England memorabilia could be banned from venues ?”

We have seen these type of stories for over a decade. The papers are tapping into feelings of resentment that already exists. If any other group religious or ethnic felt so wronged or persecuted (whether rightly or wrongly), there would have been action. The English however have no such protectors or guardians in political or charity organisations. There have been many situations where the English have felt under some sort of concerted threat from politically correct organisations or political parties. We are to be subdued, not supported.

A simple sentence, act, piece of legislation could solve some of this. Instead time again we get…..

was not raised due to a “logistical operational matter “ “Health and safety won’t allow us to do it, unless we scaffold the building.
“That costs thousands of pounds and I’m sure the taxpayers of Colchester wouldn’t want us to spend that to put a flag up.”

One assumes that they have never heard of a steeple-jack or a cherry picker (presumably some of whom/which the council use and own).

“In 2008 St George’s Day parades were banned by local authorities in Bradford and Sandwell in the West Midlands on the grounds they could cause trouble or were ‘unhealthy’ and ‘tribal’.”

“A spokeswoman for Land Rover in the West Midlands said: “We asked them to take them down because we are a diverse firm and to allow England flags to be displayed would have meant allowing flags of other competing nations to be put up as well.”

“Anne Owers has banned the flag of England from prisons because muslim prisoners might feel threatened by the guards wearing pins of the St. Georges Cross, which is the Flag of England, as the flag was used during the Crusades. As we all know, muslims did not fare well during the crusades. The pins were sold as a fundraiser for a cancer charity.”

When the Church of England again feel they can fly the St.George. When Council buildings in England actually fly the St.George like their counterparts in Wales, and Scotland fly their national flags. When companies and organisations actually recognise that they work, operate, and make profits in England (from the English). Having a St.George displayed occasionally is not going to harm or bankrupt you.

When I start to see these things I will know that we are heading in the right direction. Because there is something distinctively wrong in England. It is bubbling below the surface of English society, the underlying cause of these feelings needs to be found and addressed before it to late.

STEM, STEM, STEM

27 May

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, fallen asleep yet ? These subjects do not raise the pulse of many, let alone young people. They have been discreetly dropped by many students for a long time,  leading to a problem for England’s (and UK’s) future economic success.

Recently Nissan gave a press release for release date for The Nissan Leaf in the UK (February 2011). The first 50,000 cars will be made in Japan, with production then moving to Sunderland in 2013. It will be one of the first major electric cars made in the UK.

This raises a number of questions.

Electric cars do away with the need for Petrol. Britain has 31 million cars on the road contributing to some £25 billion in fuel duties to the government. This revenue will slowly dry up unless the Government finds other energy to tax. If we see the petrol replacement (electricity) taxed to compensate we will see a large hike in home utility bills.

Electric engined cars will greatly reduce engine damage and need fewer parts and maintenance. This will add to large job losses in Petroleum and auto repair related industries (mechanics, garages, parts specialist and scrap).

We are looking to new manufacturing, green energy and power to take up an extremely large number of jobs, and revenue. Is the UK ready or preparing for this revolution in jobs and revenue substitution ? let us ask industry about our obvious foresight and planning.

One company that makes engines is JJ Churchill, recently is Managing director said

JJ Churchill has an excellent staff retention record. Historically, advertising was never needed to fill vacancies and many senior managers began their careers on its apprenticeship scheme. “Then, about two years ago, we found we could no longer fill vacancies by word of mouth. Despite our growing expenditure and effort in recruitment, we are struggling to find the quality and commitment we need and the situation is steadily getting worse,” he explained.

And they are not alone.

“Skills gaps are rife throughout many areas of manufacturing; in the advanced and emerging industries, around which the UK wants to centre it’s ‘new economy’, they are in severe deficit. The situation looks set only to get worse as an ageing work force fetches its pipe and slippers throughout this decade. “

Only yesterday Thales which makes software for military and civilian applications announced that it’s Wells factory will close down due to buildings being unmaintainable. Their main priority is not to recruit elsewhere, but to try to keep its 550 employees and move them to other factories. “We understand that this is a challenging time, but our employees are our most important asset and are they are key to our success”. Simply there are not enough skilled workers out there, companies are doing all they can to maintain what they have.

We will see a reduction in government income from petroleum-based industries, fewer jobs in petroleum, car parts, servicing and maintenance industries. Resulting in a need for more manufacturing, green production and energy jobs. However we have no clear plan on how to do this. We cannot afford to lose the jobs and revenue without replacing them in new technologies. We are nowhere near to tackling these issues, we will have problems unless the coalition make greater strides in correcting the situation. If not ?

“So we then advertise for young people who are looking for work and they invariably tend to be the ones that haven’t been successful in other more fashionable industries and therefore they are generally a lower quality of candidate.” at a recent business breakfast set up for local firms to discuss apprenticeships, two manufacturers reported that their 20 year strategies include potentially moving production to Asia. This is not because of any perceived cost benefits but because they feel there will not be the necessary skills in this country to support their operations. “It broke my heart to hear that,” Jackie Freeborn the Chief Executive of Business ; Education South Yorkshire.

We are moving towards correcting these problems, but much, much more needs to be done to make England into a economic manufacturing powerhouse.

England win: England 6 Germany 3

14 May

England team in Germany 1938

Interesting facts about England; This day in 1938 England played Germany, clashing just before the second World War (which started 16 months later). The game should have been remembered for the England win (6-3) and the magnificent venue of Berlin’s Olympic Stadium where around 110,000 went to watch the match.

Instead in a politicly correct stunt, the England team were ordered to give the Nazi Salute prior to the game (one does not want to offend). The resulting image sat painfully with a nation and the Nazi saluting players. Eddie Hapgood, England’s captain summed up his feelings “I’ve been in a shipwreck, a train cash, and inches short of a plane crash but the worst (thing) of my life was giving the Nazi salute in Berlin.”

Democracy barriers

13 May

English Democracy

Over on the British Democracy Forums Anthony Butcher has written regarding the democracy deficit within the current Electoral system.

“Aside from the disappointing electoral reforms that our new Liberal Conservative Government has so far promised, I have been impressed with the new partnership. As in 1997, David Cameron has managed to create the positive, refreshing start that Tony Blair conjured. I am just a little bit excited by it all.

We are hopefully witnessing a new age of cooperative, grown-up Government that will replace the head-to-head slanging matches and point-scoring that the public is increasingly turned off by. The people of Britain don’t care about tribal political loyalties any more; they just want the politicians to get on with the job and it looks like Cameron and Clegg have realised this.

But with this new attitude towards politics, isn’t it time the Tories re-evaluated their attitude towards our electoral system too?

It is a given that Conservatives believe in free markets. Start-ups with new ideas are essential for innovation, and in their manifesto the Tories promise to introduce ‘Work for Yourself, a new scheme to help unemployed would-be entrepreneurs start their own business by giving them access to a business mentor and start-up loans.’

But why is this entrepreneurial attitude limited to businesses? Is our political system so much less important? The barriers to success for new parties are considerable. Firstly, just standing in the General and European elections costs a fortune. New parties must expect to lose £500 for every candidate they stand in a General Election and have to pay £5000 for every region in the European elections.

Then there is the issue of publicity. Although every party receives a free leaflet drop for their candidates, they still have to pay for the printing, folding and delivery to the post office. For a single constituency, the cost alone can be in excess of £800 for a basic leaflet. The cost to cover the European regions is huge.

Then there is the biggest barrier of all – our electoral system. Even when parties have survived the challenges and built up a substantial base of support, they still can’t get MPs. Between them, UKIP, the Greens, the English Democrats and the BNP received 1.8 million votes, but just one MP.

If our electoral system was a marketplace, it would be the equivalent of forcing companies to open a shop in every single constituency and only allowing the sale of products in batches of 20,000 or more. The result is that most constituencies actually have a very limited selection of products, only one or two of which can ever be bought in reality… if 20,000 other people also want one.

Yet if we were to view political start-ups in the same way we view business start-ups, there would be a very different set of rules. Firstly, we would do everything we could to encourage new parties to be formed with new ideas and new ways of doing politics. We certainly wouldn’t tax them £500 for every candidate, while the big established parties pay nothing. In fact, we would scrap the ‘deposit’ (AKA The Small Parties Tax) for ten years (or altogether) and perhaps even match their start up funds pound-for-pound up to a limit.

For leaflet drops, wouldn’t it be better to have a single election brochure with a double page spread for every party standing in the constituency? Not only would this massively reduce the burden on the Post Office, it would ensure that all of our parties get an even playing field to start with and the electorate get a much better picture of what is on offer from a single source.

And what about political mentors? Starting up a new party is fraught with unforeseen pitfalls, from accepting illegal donations to creating a robust constitution. A political mentor with experience of party start-ups could answer questions, advise on best practice and provide templates for the party structure and documents.

Once those start-up parties started to show some electoral promise they could be wooed by the bigger parties and deals made – just as big businesses acquire smaller ones. This would allow those political entrepreneurs access to much larger resources and have a chance of implementing their ideas. Political alliances and mergers are too rare in Britain; we need more fluidity.

Finally, we would adopt a free-market-style electoral system that allows voters to support the parties that they want, from any constituency. There are several systems that allow the retention of constituency MPs but also allow for a top-up of MPs, some of whom would be from the smaller parties, including AV+, Additional Member, Total Representation and Regional Top-Up.

So the big question is: do the Conservatives (and the Lib Dems) have the nerve to practice what they preach for businesses in the political world too? Do they have the vision to allow new ideas, new people and new parties to thrive or are they content to continue their three-party cartel in Westminster?”

Free England Alliance

13 May

The Free England Alliance has started to become active. The Alliance aims to lobby and campaign on behalf of England for A referendum on England’s membership of the United Kingdom, England’s membership of the European Union, a Constitution and a Bill of Rights for England, an end to mass immigration into England and an end to multiculturalism (and the promotion of assimilation). I wish them well and hope to see more of them in the future.