There can be little doubt now that the Labour Party, first under Blair, then Brown and now Miliband, are bent on eradicating England as a national entity in her own right! Yes, England, one of the oldest (if not THE oldest) nations in the world, has the British Labour Party and Scotland as its enemies.
(There is a Scottish Labour Party and Welsh Labour Party but no English Labour Party, Scottish TUC and Wales TUC but no English TUC. The Conservative and Liberal Democrats parties are similarly structured. NONE of them acknowledge England and the English.)
Will he really represent England’s interests. the interests of the great majority?
In his recent speech in Birmingham as the Labour Party leader, Miliband announced that “Cities and towns that come together with local businesses will be given historic new powers over transport, housing, skills and economic development.” However, we should not be deceived by Miliband’s apparent frankness; he omitted to mention that he would be singling out England’s cities and towns. After all, transport and housing are matters which the previous government (which he was much involved in) devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for THEIR respective assemblies to control. So much for Ed Miliband’s openness and honesty!
Just consider the implications of the autocratic utterance “historic new powers”. On the surface, it seems so benign and harmless but, if is intended to be significantly effective, it will entail the provision of significant additional public funding, for real power is finance, plus the ability to effect radical administrative change. Even so, Miliband made no commitment to consult the people of England and it is reasonable to assume that, consistent with previous conduct, a British politician will be assuming he can inflict what HE decides upon England’s cities and towns!
Unlike voters in Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland, voters in England will not be afforded the opportunity to decide as a nation whether WE want Miliband’s remedies for the problems which beset us.
If the Labour Party and Miliband had any decency, any sense of fairness, they would give voters in England a referendum on whether we should have our own separate parliament, together with its own executive and bill drafting facilities, arrangements which Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland have been operating, since 1998 in the case of Scotland and Wales.
THE TEXT OF MILIBAND’S BIRMINGHAM SPEECH CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://press.labour.org.uk/post/82080311502/ed-milibands-speech-on-tackling-the-cost-of-living