Sunday, September 30, 2007

Is England the key to a Conservative victory?

Ever since his coronation, the unelected Scottish Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has never mentioned the words ‘England’ or ‘English’, yet has spoken of Britain and the British ad nauseam. Whenever he needs to refer to England, he talks of ‘regions’, which certainly alludes to the once-great nation, yet balkanises it to the point of historic meaninglessness and political insignificance.

But Frank Field MP has observed that England might just be the key to David Cameron’s electoral salvation. It is not that no Conservative MP has noticed this, but their reluctance even to raise the subject has more to do with the fear of a Labour assault on their ‘English nationalism’ than it has to do with the issue being a non-starter.

There is no doubt that English voters are irritated, principally because their concerns are sidelined, their taxes subsidise the standards of living in the devolved corners of the UK – in particular Scottish health and education - and, unlike Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, they have no national holiday for their saint's day. As a spiritual entity, England has her church (just), but as political entity, England does not exist, and reactions to this range from it being an unacceptable state of affairs to a chronic and profound injustice in need of urgent redress. A Newsnight survey has found that ‘61% of English voters think they should have their own parliament and that this proposition was supported by a majority of Scottish voters. Another poll revealed that a greater proportion of English voters wanted independence for England than did Scottish voters for Scotland.’

Whenever David Cameron has talked of ‘English votes for English issues’, it has largely gone down well in England, but quickly falls off the radar of public consciousness for lack of policy detail. But this, as Mr Field points out, could be the ‘issue to mark him out’:

The Tories are in fact an English party in all but name and their leader doesn't seem to realise this. All bar three Tory MPs sit for English constituencies. Making the English question his big idea could give Mr Cameron the kind of electoral launch for the general election that he gained last time he was in Blackpool seeking the Tory leadership.

The Conservative Party has been the English Party for more than a decade, yet they resile from the electoral possibilities for fear of the political consequences for the United Kingdom. Cranmer understands this, but wishes to point out that Labour’s constitutional vandalism and ill-conceived programmes of devolution has set an unstoppable train in motion. It is infinitely preferable to have a Conservative settlement for devolution than to persist with the half-baked, deficient, catalectic compromises of New Labour.

If the anticipated ‘flurry’ of policy announcements in Blackpool this week is limited to the environment, health, education, and tinkering with taxation, there will be too little to set the Conservative Party apart from Labour. The electorate will stick with the experienced statesman who consistently out-performs Mr Cameron in the personal ratings. But if David Cameron’s Conservatives were to pledge a retroactive referendum on the EU Constitution / Reform Treaty, and also offer a credible solution to the English question, they would be on course for victory.

Frank Field is a true Christian Englishman who loves his country and its liberties. He has many excellent and thoroughly Conservative ideas for welfare reform and social policy. If he were Cranmer’s MP, he would vote for him. The wonder is, after the appalling way he has been treated by Mssrs Blair and Brown, that he hasn’t crossed the floor.


Anonymous Ken Stevens said...

The Telegraph quoted Jack Straw as averring that “You are either in the Union or out of it; you cannot be both.”

I agree. The Union effectively ended with devolution. Either scrap devolution and return us to Union or establish an English Parliament. It is grossly unacceptable for England to be regarded as coming under UK governance, whilst the devolved regions are recognised as entities in their own right. Witness for example the international British-Irish Council, at which Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland have their own representatives separate from those of the UK government. Guess who is missing! And, given that RoI is a sovereign state and foreign affairs are matters reserved to the UK government, what on earth are the devolved nations doing at an international meeting anyway?

May Heaven smile upon the personable Alex Salmond’s efforts towards resolving the situation by gaining Scottish independence, for NuLab, Tories and Lib/Dems have no democratic justice to offer England. 'English Votes for English Laws' is a sop which would be as ineffectual in its intention of drawing the teeth of English nationalism as devolution has been in respect of damping down aspirations towards Scottish independence.

Home Rule for England!

30 September 2007 at 11:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would just like to add to Ken's post by drawing readers attention to the fact that even small Island communities have separate representatives at the British-Irish Council, namely, Guernsey,
Jersey and the Isle of Man.
The country that bore the brunt of the IRA bombing campaign have no voice at all.
As for the Tories wearing blinkers and toeing the "Unionist" line, someone somewhere in their party must realise that outside of England they have no vote nor hopes of a vote. Offering a "Grand Committee" to govern England is most insulting and lowers my country's status to that of a golf club. the only fair solution is an English Parliament, the sooner they realise this fact the better their chances of achieving power.
Patrick Harris, Portsmouth, England.

30 September 2007 at 12:48  
Anonymous Neo said...

Quite apart from anything else, the Tories' support for devolution is a political mistake as well as an act of utmost disrespect to England itself.

The Conservatives seem to be blind to the fact that, whilst they try to appease the 5m Scots who will NEVER vote for them, they are alienating the 40+m English who just might...

I for one would be thrilled to see this realised by Cameron and others before we fall even further under Europhile/Subsidiary rule.

30 September 2007 at 13:01  
Anonymous English Rose said...

This is a step in the right direction, but ultimately, an English Parliament is the ONLY acceptable outcome for the people of England. That may well become clearer to the Tories as they attempt to sort throught the muddle of English only policies and the Barnett murderous Formula.
However, I cannot quite bring myself to forgive Cameron for THAT speech in Glasgow, in which he said the English who wanted equal funding for the health service, transport etc (abolition of the Barnett Formula and a fairer funding system to replace it), were merely "Sour Little Englanders who do not show enough respect to Scotland... and English people should re-educated themselves (to show deference to that nation).
No, I can't forgive that. He insulted not only myself, but my children, who have no harm to anyone and as a parent, I want equal and fair treatment for them in the UK.
That is not sourness, but an appeal from the heart to give my family the same rights to life as the Scottish, Welsh and Irish.
That speech drove me to a deeply held belief that only independence will now suffice. Equality is not an option for the English in the UK. So we must get out of it.
We will come to appreciate what that famous, historic Englishman said, when leaving Scotland behind; "It does a man good to leave a turd behind."

30 September 2007 at 16:22  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

I am sure you are right, Your Grace, but I can't see Cameron achieving it; it may entail a change of leader.
As for an English parliament, we already have one; we just need to remove the Scotchmen (all of them) from it.

30 September 2007 at 17:10  
Anonymous penlan said...

Your Grace is misinformed.St David's Day is not a national holiday here in Wales.

30 September 2007 at 17:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually the map seems to be of the 2001-2005 Parliament in that it shows no seats in Wales and the Scots one is Galloway not the present Dumfrieshire and Annandale

There are also four not three -non Enlgish Tory seats: Dumfires, Monmouth,, Clwyd West and South Prembrokeshire
No problem with an English Parliament though. Point though it should be decided by a referendum of those entitled to vote in England those of English birth who live outside of England which is what the Government should have done for Scotland and Wales in 1997

30 September 2007 at 18:11  
Blogger Savage44 said...

Of course Brown won't mention England and Englishness - it might upset his Scottish constituents. I deeply resent the fact that the English (amongst whose great strengths are acceptance, tolerance, and stoicism in adversity) have been brainwashed into stoically accepting and tolerating the fact that we're somehow second class citizens of the supposed union. We're not expected to celebrate our national saint's day, for instance, but for Irish, Welsh and Scottish nationalists this is not only expected but encouraged. This is in England as well as in their own countries. But English nationalism has been made to appear something reprehensible. We need to stop being so tolerant, and start standing up for ourselves. I entirely agree that Cameron should play up the English card.

Going off at a slight tangent, I can't help feeling that Brown's constant reiteration of "British" and "Britishness" serves only to emphasise his avoidance of the West Lothian question. Of course, above and beyond that, if the Scots achieved independence, he would have to cease being Prime Minister; a consummation devoutly not to be wished for him, although we English might well appreciate the freedom. That, I cynically believe, is his only motive for insisting on being British and his belief that the union should continue.

30 September 2007 at 19:12  
Anonymous billy said...

Your Grace said, "The wonder is, after the appalling way he has been treated by Mssrs Blair and Brown, that he hasn’t crossed the floor."

After 40 years of voting, and usually Tory, I still find it difficult to think of Conservatism as having much to with all inclusive Christianity.
Frank Field is an old fashioned Socialist who cares for people and that befits a Christian. Very other MPs measure up alonside him.

30 September 2007 at 20:08  
Anonymous billy said...

--- very few other MP's measure up ---

30 September 2007 at 20:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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and their Sympathisers.Do Names Like Peter Mandelson, John Reid, John Prescott, Jack Straw, Harman and other Influential figures in Britain sound familiar.
Communism & its Subversion of the West did not stop when the Berlin Wall Fell.
Note how none of this has ever appeared in the Press or on the News.
Our Govt are ilegally surrendering our Country to a foreign power, placing us under the Dual repression of a Police state and Sharia Law. As you can see above, It is not even theirs to give away, the Country belongs to the People.

That's right, the Land our Forefathers fought for through the Millenia, the Land your fathers & Grandfathers fought and died for on Normandy's beaches and throughout Europe during WW2 to protect and preserve for us and our children secretly being surrendered.

How are Britain's ( and Europes ) Institutions and Peoples Demoralised, Smashed then Taken Over..

Frankfurt Subversion is a Marxist technique of Subverting a country, in order that it may be made to collapse and then be taken over. Karl Marx was of Russian Jewish Descent.
Frankfurt Subversion It is a strategy largely based on the tactics of divide and conquer.
One of the original aims of Communism was to unify Europe with the USSR, when the Soviet Union was 'brought down, they simply carried on a Multifaceted attack against the West.
Frankfurt subversion attacks a country's Major strengths, Its Major Industries, its industries, its menfolk, its police, its armed services, its religion, creating a spiritual vaccuum, and its family unity, actively promoting unmarried parenting.
The promotion of Feminism, Homosexuality in society ( even in our schools ), the demonisation of the church,repeated accusations of Paedophilia against Clergy, Divisive issues like Women clergy, Homosexual clergy. all to cause divisions within the church ( and Only the Christian Church you will note ) and its followers.
Destroying our Christian Heritage, to be replaced by islam, the smoking ban for example was designed to empty the Pubs, they will now begin to slowly prohibit alcohol altogether.
The nuclear family is attacked by promoting radical feminism, single parents, demonisation of fathers, seperating children from their fathers.
Diluting of National Identity by flooding the country with Mass Immigration enticed by generous housing and welfare Whilst at the same time, Govt Medical advisors suggest Women in Britain should continue taking the Pill because it may ward off Cancer, it doesn't and totally ignoring increased risks of heart related problems.
In addition 1 in 5 Pregnancies in this country end up being aborted.
This is Social Engineering. Encourage the Supression of British birth rates, and flooding the country with Imported Europeans
Who have little or no interest in Britians history, culture, In short, in order to Create the EU Soviet empire, the British ( and European ) Peoples are being replaced, exterminated.
Ask yourself, If we ever needed more People, why not give that generous welfare to British couples to have more children.
Another way in which the Govt undermines our Society is by Prohibiting parents and teachers from disciplining children then later on, promoting 24 hr drinking, relaxing drug laws.
Then deliberately withddrawing the Police off the streets through unecessesary paperwork, and or replacing them with innefectual PCSO's.

Later accusing society of ithese failings. lack of law and order no religion then sugesting we should adopt Islamic Principles.
This is called Social Engineering and is already happening in the UK.
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UNLIMITED MUSLIM PASSAGE TO THE UK and the Europeans FORCED to respect the Religion.

Europe Sold out for oil

Sharia law spreading in the UK.

Dutch and Swedish Ministers admitting Islam is to be the Dominant Culture.


three litle pigs

FrankFurt Subversion on Wikipedia

Psychological suppression using Political Correctness,

Into the fragmented vacuum of our Nations subverted spirituality Sharia Law Is Spreading.

British School Children converted to Islam, making Islamic Affirmations to Allah in school.

Conversion to Islam? Are Muslim children forced to pray to God ( Would Muslims be forced to pray to God )

British Children told in school they Must avert their eyes, ( already telling them they are second class citizens ).

Criminalising British children as young as three yrs of age.


Genital Mutilation, up to 60,000 a year in the UK

Goodbye Sweden

GoodBye France, Frances unreported race riots lasted a WHOLE YEAR, on average 112 Cars torched PER DAY.

Dutch and Swedish Ministers admitting Islam is to be the Dominant Culture.

1 October 2007 at 13:27  
Blogger El Draque said...

Your grace has put in words better than I could the fact that a party advocating a Referendum on the two issue, EU integration and the English Parliament, could gain a groundswell of opinion. Simply: the "self-determination of peoples" remains a necessary part of democracy. Recall, readers, that Ireland was made a full member of the United Kingdom at the start of the 19th century, without the consent of the nation. It had full representation in the UK parliament, a voice at the top table (uniquely in the British Empire), the opportunity to influence or block legislation. Eventually, they willed departure and received self-government and independence. So, too, will England, some day. "Ourselves, Alone", will decide our destiny - not an elite with no mandate.

1 October 2007 at 17:31  
Blogger Phil A said...

If you want an English Parliament then get rid of the British one, (or do the English MPs vote for English laws thing) or you are in danger of ending up supporting a lot more civil servants and MPs.

3 October 2007 at 21:24  
Blogger Will said...

Although I am an American of Scottish ancestry, it seems to me that "fair is fair;" if Scotland has its own Parliament, so should England. I admit I am somewhat uneasy about what this would mean down the road for the UK and its role in the world--but if you good people don't somehow free yourselves from the EU, I suppose that won't matter in a few years.

4 October 2007 at 19:52  

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