Western Morning News Letters: Cynical attempt to influence referendum.
Posted: August 21, 2014
The UK’s Conservative-led government had the option of throwing a lifeline to England’s last remaining warship building facility in Portsmouth by awarding it the contract for three Royal Navy offshore patrol vessels.
However, in a yet another cynical attempt to influence the result of next month’s independence referendum, the £348 million contract has been confirmed as going to shipbuilders on the Clyde, thus safeguarding 800 jobs in Scotland.
Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon*, born in Scotland and a graduate of St Andrew’s University, was reported as saying: “It will benefit the dedicated workers of the Clyde, their families and the local economy in Glasgow”. Obviously the livelihoods of 900 English shipyard workers, who lost their jobs in Portsmouth, counted for nothing as the British government’s unrelenting appeasement of the Scots continues.
The fact that there has been barely a whisper of protest in the House of Commons over the loss of these jobs is but one example of the need for a dedicated English parliament able to speak, with a collective voice, on behalf of the people of England.
English Democrats, Somerset
* NOTE: Fallon, elected as MP to represent the constituents of Sevonoaks, Kent, ENGLAND, is yet another Scottish carpetbagger. Fallon and too many other MPs breach the second principle of public service, to be SEEN to do the proper thing.
The pitfalls of electing non-English representatives were exposed again early in 2014 by the conduct of the Welsh Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, one Lynn Stagg, who refused to endorse calls to support continued shipbuilding in Portsmouth, but advanced an excuse no English patriot would have considered and which it is doubtful she would have used in Wales. She was reported as saying: “. . I am Welsh. I said I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to tell the English what to have. I would have been in trouble as Lord Mayor if I did.” quite overlooking the fact that mayors, by tradition, are the ‘first citizen’ of a community and that she is inflicting her Welshness as a restriction on the English.
Moreover, it is absurd to claim as Stagg did, without citing the particular statute, “It’s written in the statute books for Portsmouth – the Lord Mayor is apolitical and does not express any political views at all.” Quite simply, it is nonsense to have the head of a local council who is ‘apolitical’! That’s Lib Dems for you . . . anti-English!
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