Tag Archives: English parliament

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 ?

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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.

How can we petition more effectively ?

22 May

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As many will know. One of the interesting facts about England is it’s the only nation in Europe without its own Parliament or assembly.

Two more petitions calling for an English Parliament are coming to and end.

“undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Allow the English the same rights as the other parts of the United Kingdom, notably Scotland, by introducing an English Parliament with the same rights as the Scottish one, and ensure that all seats at the United Kingdom Parliament in Westminster have the same size electorate within 5%, meaning that Scotland and Wales are no longer over-represented.”

Submitted by David Howarth Chapman – Deadline to sign up by: 03 June 2010 – Signatures: 82

We the Submitted by Simon Green – Deadline to sign up by: 03 June 2010 – Signatures: 127

Just 127 and 82 signatories.

England compete in the world cup and the Commonwealth games this year. This is when English patriotism and expression will be at its greatest for some time. We know when asked people want an English Parliament. How do we turn that into actively pursuing one, or even encouraging people to spend just one minute to sign a petition ?

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.

England expects

11 May

There have been numerous articles in papers over the last few days recognising what a lot of English voters have known for a long time. We have a democracy deficit here in England. The English Voters are simply 2nd class citizens in U.K. democracy stakes.

English voters get less MPs per capita than Scotland. The English get less say in how England is ran than the Scottish do in running Scotland (or the Welsh in Wales) thanks to devolved Parliaments and Assemblies that were denied to the English. To further the English humiliation, Welsh and Scottish MPs vote on policy that will effect England only (something denied to English MPs on Scottish and Welsh policy).

David Cameron

David Cameron is a Unionist, he has said “He does not want to be Prime Minister of England”. If he does fail in his bid to be British Prime Minister, then I can have little sympathy for him. The Conservative party needs to wake up and realise it is a predominately English party. Stop the futile attempts to bribe the Celtic fringes at the expense of England. The place between Scotland and Wales has a name, we have had enough of being treated as an after thought, a wet fish of a prize.

A Federal UK is the only way forward. Start addressing these issues and start acknowledging England.

As the below excerpt from a article by Harry Reid Herald in Scotland .

“English voters who are starting to believe themselves to be seriously, and possibly permanently, disenfranchised.

Of course there is an obvious and sensible answer to this conundrum: break up the Union. If the English had England to themselves, they could vote Tory to their hearts’ content. Problem over.

There are two difficulties with that. These Tory-tending English voters have a potent, if utterly irrational, regard for the Union. Their current leader and spokesman, David Cameron, typifies this.

It makes political sense for him to get rid of Scotland and its cussedly anti-Tory voters, yet he cannot bring himself to try to do so because of some atavistic and inexplicable veneration for the Union.

You could almost admire him for his loyal attachment to a chimera which prevents him and his party from ruling England, but you have to wonder at his political sense, or lack of it”