Some good points and good comments: here's mine: to paraphrase The Eve of War: [Link]
"No one would have believed in the last two-fifths of the twentieth century that this nation was being watched keenly and closely by egos and vanity greater than an any Englishman's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man with a microscope might scrutinise the transient creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency Englishmen went to and fro over their domain about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. It is possible that the infusoria under the microscope do the same. No one gave a thought to the other modern world of Euro aliens as a source of danger, or thought of them only to dismiss the idea of them ruling England as impossible or improbable. It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed days. At most Albion's terrestrial men fancied there might be other peoples within Euroland, perhaps inferior to themselves and ready to welcome a missionary enterprise. Yet across the gulf of the Channel, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, egos vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. And early in the twenty first century came the great disillusionment."And here's one comment from CH quoted in full: Englandism's comment:
"The United Kingdom settlement as currently constituted is dysfunctional. The Labour government established a quasi-federal system for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland that was intended to be completed in England with regional 'state governments' otherwise known as Nations and Regions. The federal division of England was rejected by popular vote so the project stalled and was abandoned open ended.Just so: the UK Parliament in Westminster has far too many (the saving of the Labour's Party) people elected in constituencies outside of England participating in debate/discussion/decisions on issues and affairs that effect ONLY England.
Consequently, the three nations with independent state government additionally elect representatives at the quasi-federal Westminster government which also acts as the English state legislature and executive. This is unsustainable and undemocratic in that electorates without a direct or legitimate interest in English government can influence and not infrequently determine English legislative outcomes.
Inevitably, given that the Labour government entirely skewed the fundamental principles of democratic representation, this incomplete quasi-federal settlement needs to be completed. The completion demonstrably cannot be in the federal division of England as a nation, therefore, a directly elected English legislature and executive provides the logical and equitable solution."
As was always the E.U. plan, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all complete E.U. regions, with their own parliament/ assembly. England was to be divided into 7 regions. Blair started the process (Scotland, Wales and NI) and attempted it in England; this was the proposed Northumbria Assembly, which John Prescott presumed he could win and persuaded Blair as much. It hasn't finished: the plan is still the same and moves forward slowly but surely (a bit like those aliens) in one new form or another. Only yesterday another, apparently friendly, EU fanatic was setting out the break up from within.