Thursday, 23 April 2009

St George for England!

It's St George's Day, England's national day and all around our town the St George's Cross is on display to mark it. What a pity our political leaders have spent the last ten years in particular and the last sixty odd in general denigrating and trying to destroy all vestige of the concept of being "English". Our Foreign Secretary, the aptly named Jack Straw, is even on record as saying there is "no such thing as an 'English' nation". Try saying something of the sort in any other European Nation or in Scotland Ireland or Wales and you'd very likely be torn apart by the public if not the media. Your political career would certainly be finished for good - but not in a political climate where the "victim" culture has such firm roots.

For far too long we "English" (And though I am foreign born all my roots are in England or Northern Ireland!) have allowed the Labour Party to get away with their promotion of the "English" as oppressors of their constituencies in Scotland, Wales and the North East. We have allowed their poodles in academia and the press/media to present the Scots, the Welsh (and even the Cornish now) as being the downtrodden minorities the "English" have discriminated against, stripped of their nationhood or shipped abroad. Certainly the "Plantation" of Ireland by the Normans, then the Elizabethans (On a much smaller scale than the Norman one) and finally the Stuarts who quite literally seized almost the whole of the North of Ireland (Including lands already purchased or awarded to "English" plantationers from the previous reign) and handed it out to their Scottish supporters. If anyone has been "downtrodden" since the Stuart reign it seems to have been the English and now the propaganda of the literary giants of the 19th Century has become the "Fact" rather than the fiction it was, replacing reality and truth with the much more exciting versions of events that the fiction author can create. Sir Walter Scot certainly based his work on historic events, though his portrayals of his "heroes" is usually far more romantic and very wide of the facts.

Perhaps it is time, on this St George's Day, as we once more contemplate a government hell bent on "tax and spend" regardless of the impact on the taxpayers, that is dominated by Scottish and Welsh MP's whose constituents are not affected by the measures they enact in Westminster, just who the "downtrodden" people of this United Kingdom are. Scotland has its own Parliament, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own Assemblies. Their affairs are decided by people elected by them in their own legislature. Westminster has become therefore an anachronism. It claims to be the "Parliament of the United Kingdom" yet, for the most part, its writ runs only to England and sometimes Wales. Labour's majority is made up of MPs elected in Scotland and Wales who have no constituency in England, yet they vote and rule in England and on English matters. Surely it is time this was addressed? Surely it is time to acknowledge that the United Kingdom exists only as an administrative exercise and Westminster is redundant. As the Treaty of Lisbon, aka The European Constitution, makes abundantly clear, the real power is vested in the Commission in Brussels and the Parliament in Strasbourg - not in Westminster.

So, the Monk's message for St George's Day to Mr Brown and his cohorts from North of the border and west of the Wye. Pack your bags and go home, the English have put up with you and your fictions for more than long enough. You do not represent us, you were not elected by us and you have sold our sovereignty to your Socialist pals in Brussels.

St George for England!

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