Tony Blair, one of those described as an “English MP”
Why should anyone conscious of his or her national identity, least of all a patriot, seek election to represent electors of another nation in the British Parliament? There are too many voters in England who have not considered this question, who have been misled by references to “English MPs” and thus induced to assume that their MP is loyal to them and England, when this is not the case!
Indeed, if they are unaware that Britain is NOT a nation, but a state (albeit it one comprising three nations), such candidates would appear to be unqualified for high public office! If they are aware of this situation, it seems not unreasonable to question their motives.
It might seem tolerable at constituency level for a MP to appear to have a national identity which is other than English, but MPs are called upon to take positions on matters at national [international?] level. In this latter situation, why should electors in England assume or otherwise take on trust that non-English MPs will put the interests of England and their constituents first, before the interests of the other nation?
Keith Vaz, another of those “English MPs” ~ which nation has first claim on his loyalty?
There is increasing evidence that such trust is misplaced and imprudent. Indeed, I have yet to discover a situation in which England has been treated significantly more favourably than the rest of the UK.
True, one might expect England’s interests on occasion to be subordinated to those of the UK but, in that situation, one might also expect the interests of Scotland, and Wales and Northern Ireland to be similarly subordinated.
Moreover, in any conflict between the interests of England and those of another of the UK’s nations, a MP from that other nation would appear in England to fall short of the second element of public service which, in addition to acting properly, is to be SEEN to act properly!
Nadhim Zahawi, yet another of those danged “English MPs”
A recent (albeit minor) indication of anti-English bias by a non-English MP ostensibly representing a constituency in England, was the unnecessary outburst of one Stephen Williams the Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West who (in response to the Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Danny Alexander’s announcement that Cornish people were to be given ‘special status’) declared: “The Cornish and Welsh are the oldest peoples on this island (He is incorrect on both counts!) and as a proud Welshman I look forward to seeing Saint Piran’s flag flying with extra Celtic pride on March 5 next year.”
Stephen Williams, a “proud Welshman” but another of those “English MPs”!
On a much greater scale we have the record of Tony Blair, a Scot elected to represent the interests of the people of Sedgefield in ENGLAND but who presided over the devolution of powers to Scotland (and Wales and Northern Ireland) and the withholding of a similar settlement for England and the imposition of a variety of charges from which people in Scotland were [and are] exempt. All MPs of Scottish origin involved in devolving powers to Scotland as a nation are guilty of not only discriminating against England and treating her less favourably, but also guilty of gross hypocrisy.
MPs are required to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen but, until MPs elected in England formally commit to putting the interests of England first, English electors would be unwise to continue to elect candidates with other national identities. Just look at how the English have been squeezed out of discussion about “the England Question” by Scots, Welsh Northern Irish and Brits!
Hitherto, the large majority in England has been all too frequently subverted enabling the UK to continue, but with much less democracy than that to which the English are entitled. Despite this situation, half of Scotland’s voters remain dissatisfied.
The time is long overdue for the people of England to recognise their national identity and to assert their will. Failure to do this may well have disastrous consequences for England as a national entity and for Britain as a state.