sábado, 5 de enero de 2013

Fighting for England...

Roger Scruton on Conservative Home: 'When will the Conservative Party fight for England?'

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. 

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." 
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.

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.

viernes, 30 de noviembre de 2012

Ouch!...


"It would be a monumental error of statesmanship to turn our back on the EU and fall away from a crucial position of power and influence in the Twenty-First Century." Blair for EU president...seriously scary stuff (the picture, not the words, he actually said them). Anyway, scary until you realise it's a spoof...it is a spoof isn't it? Oh yes, see below...


domingo, 25 de noviembre de 2012

So, what about England?

So, what about England? From Jim Gallagher posting in the Scotsman. Hat-tip CEP.

That comma after 'so' is well placed. So, "WHAT about the English? The independence referendum will be decided in Scotland – by the people living here.

The rest of Britain will have no say in the matter. Not all countries would take such an relaxed attitude. Spain regards the unity of the state as a constitutional principle, and so a Catalan referendum is constitutionally forbidden. In Britain just under a century ago, there were plenty of voices for resisting Irish independence by force. Wiser heads prevailed."...

It's a good article and worth a read, after all: "What the English think matters, and their interests are important – to us as well as them."

sábado, 30 de julio de 2011

Support for an English Parliament Remains Strong...

From April: Toque, "support for an English parliament is stronger than support for the Conservative, Labour or Liberal Democrat parties."

miércoles, 30 de marzo de 2011

FAQ's on Campaign for an English Parliament...

English Parliament FAQ's

Q: Isn't Westminster already the English parliament?

A: No. Westminster is the parliament of the the United Kingdom. MPs from Scotland, Wales, Northern IReland and England sit there. But when they legislate on devolved matters such as Health, Education, Transport and the Environment they are passing legislation that affects only England. Why should Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs have any say on these England only issues?

Read the rest...

[LINK]

jueves, 28 de octubre de 2010

Stunned...RIP Witanagemot

Toque has written about the demise: RIP Witanagemot
"Due to an ongoing smear campaign against me by Steve Uncles of the English Democrats Party the Witanagemot Club (latterly the English Free Press) is hereby ended, I would like to thank all members, past and present, for their involvement."
Hopefully a new site will be set up linked to Campaign for an English Parliament (CEP)

jueves, 18 de marzo de 2010

The English Free Press...

The Witanagemot Club is now The English Free Press.

"The English Free Press is a collection of bloggers who believe that the current constitutional settlement is disadvantageous to England. This website exists to aggregate the feeds of blogs that support the creation of an English parliament; and it also aims to publicise articles and news items about the UK constitution, English politics, English culture and history, and the condition of being English"

lunes, 16 de noviembre de 2009

Witanagemot Club...

Copied from The Witanagemot Club Website: Posted by Toque

"Who are we and what do we do?

The Witanagemot club is a collection of bloggers that believe that the current constitutional settlement is disadvantageous to England. The word 'Witenagemot' is an old anglo-saxon word used to describe an Anglo Saxon gathering of eminent people. It would include bishops, ealdormen, thegn's and the like. They would be summoned by the king and would advise him on various issues that were important to the kingdom. They would act as witnesses and be responsible for new taxes, charters and running the country in between monarchs. The witan had a regulatory effect on the king so that his decisions were discussed fully before implementation. The witan could also responsible for choosing the king. This particular Witanagemot Club, however, is open to all, regardless of ethnicity, just so long as you believe that England too is a nation that deserves political recognition in the form of its own parliament."

Encyclopedia Britannica : England
"Outside the British Isles, England is often erroneously considered synonymous with the island of Great Britain ( England , Scotland , and Wales ) and even with the entire United Kingdom . Despite the political, economic, and cultural legacy that has secured the perpetuation of its name, England no longer officially exists as a governmental or political unit—unlike Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, which all have varying degrees of self-government in domestic affairs. It is rare for institutions to operate for England alone. Notable exceptions are the Church of England ( Wales , Scotland , and Ireland , including Northern Ireland , have separate branches of the Anglican Communion) and sports associations for cricket, rugby, and football (soccer). In many ways England has seemingly been absorbed within the larger mass of Great Britain since the Act of Union of 1707.' --- Encyclopedia Britannica, 2004."
The bloggers of the Witanagemot Club would like to change this state of affairs. Please check out the blogroll to see what we have to say on this subject.

English BlogsWant to join the Witanagemot Club? Here's how...

Membership

English BlogsTo be a member of the Witanagemot Club you should agree with our aims and you must be a blogger. In addition you will be prepared to provide a permanent link back to the Witanagemot homepage from the main page of your blog and, if at all possible, carry the Witanagemot blogroll.

English BlogsIf this sounds like you then you are all set to become a Witanagemot Club member; simply email Toque your blog details using the contact form [link from here] and you will add you to the blogroll and hopefully provide answers to any relevant questions that you may have.

English BlogsMembers of the club are expected to bitch and moan as often as possible about the political discrimination against England; send traffic the way of other blogs if possible; and, highlight the undemocratic regionalisation of our country.

The main purpose of the Witanagemot Club is that we are a more effective force working together.

If you would like to place a Witanagemot banner on your blog then there are presently two designs to choose from, one submitted by Little Man in a Toque and the other by The England Project.