It's Official: England Doesn't Exist

Phil Simms

Pub St George Flag
Photo: Marc

Sorry to drop a bit of a bombshell but England constitutionally and politically does not exist and has not done so for the last 300 years. WHAT, I hear you say. But how about that building on the banks of the Thames in London where careerist lawyers and others are appointed when they reach a certain weight and are then paid extortionate amounts of cash  in dodgy party donations on top of their fat wage packet?

 
Sure mock gothic landmark is a wonderful tourist attraction but what and who do the politicians inside it actually represent? Since the 1707 Act of Union, Westminster has been the UK Parliament - a British Parliament, containing MPs from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as England. 

Yet, in spite of them having their own parliament and assemblies, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs are still entitled to attend the Westminster parliament and vote on matters pertaining to England, such as health, education and transport.. But English MPs cannot vote on most matters affecting Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This surely cannot be right. It is a shambles typified by the fact that the people of Scotland and Wales respectively have still expressed concerns that their national institutions are nothing more than a talking shop. 

At present there is no national link-up between MPs and their constituents; the connection is merely party-political. In fact, a lot of MPs for English constituencies are not English and Scots like PM Tony Blair, Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, Home Secretary John Reid and Defence Secretary Des Brown are over-represented in the British Cabinet. 

Moreover, with the situation as it is, the English tax payer is subsidising both Scotland and Wales whilst providing a huge jobs market for ex-patriots from north of the border, Wales and Northern Ireland which has has caused great resentment between the nations that form the UK. Surely by having an English Parliament, this would strengthen the relationship - a union is always stronger when each party is treated fairly and equally. 

A lot has been said about what it means to be British on The-Latest, but what does it mean to be English? Maybe that should be a far more pressing question. England has had a proud tradition of integrating other cultures and people of all different nations, persuasions and creeds into its society. And  that should be celebrated. But somewhere along the line somebody somewhere has missed a trick. What about the thoughts and past times of English people; people who  settled here way before you or I. The English patron saint St George does not have his day in the calendar celebrated as a national holiday.

English Parliament supporters
Having an English parliament would strengthen democracy in this country and make the Government more accountable to the people of England. It would enable people to express their own priorities and direct spending to where it is most needed. It would transfer the Government process downwards back to the people, thereby leading to the reduction of all decisions. This would lead to a reduction in politicians and civil servants whose upkeep costs us millions of pounds. It would give the people of England a sense of pride, which, at present, unfortunately, can only be expressed through sport and not politics.  
 
* The Campaign for An English Parliament can be contacted at  www.thecep.org.uk 

 

1 Response to "It's Official: England Doesn't Exist"

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chris

Tue, 07/25/2006 - 19:49
<p>Very very true about having an English parliament would increase accountability and democracy but unfortuately MP's and governments like to have their cake and eat it!</p><p>Scottish, Welsh MP's like living in Westminster because they like all the privileges that come with it.</p><p>Sailing back to Wales or Scotland to their own parliament simply wont do for them - why spoil the best of a bad thing at Westminster?</p>