Ed Miliband does not recognise England! Well, have you ever heard him refer to England?
Despite having been born in England, educated in England and living in England together with all its accompanying benefits, I have never heard Ed refer to himself as being English, as having English national (as distinct from ethnic) identity. On the other hand, I have heard Edward Samuel Miliband when addressing, as its leader, a Labour Party Conference assert that he is proud of his immigrant origin (war-time refugee Polish Jewish family) and ‘Jewish ethnicity’.
Ed Miliband, Labour Party Leader
Now, he is engaged on presenting his general election policy and is making great play ‘vowing’ to spend an additional £2.5 billion on “the NHS”! Which NHS is that Ed? Have you forgotten that the last Labour Government devolved Health Services to each of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
So, unless you are covertly planning to take back certain devolved matters, you can only be referring to “NHS ENGLAND” and this is confirmed by your promise to ensure that Health Services will be no longer “threatened” by privatisation as part of a so called ‘double lock’!
Just what is your problem Ed? Can’t you bring yourself to refer expressly to ‘ENGLAND’? It seems that ‘English regions’ are acceptable as part of your planned fragmentation of England, but not ‘England’ itself if it can possibly be avoided!
How can anyone claim to be an internationalist when the one nation he opposes is England, the nation in which he lives; after all Britain, the UK (or whatever you want to call it) is a state but not a nation!
YOU exclude yourself from being English Ed, NOT us! Why should we elect someone who does not identify with us? After all, if it is acceptable to promote women (‘sex’ being a protected characteristic), it is no less acceptable to promote English national identity (‘nationality’ plus ‘ethnic or national origins’ also being protected characteristics)!
We applaud the plan to direct more resources to England’s national health service, but we object to the continued interference of the likes of Alex Salmond, Leanne Woods and Carwyn Jones in this and other of England’s such matters devolved elsewhere in the rest of the UK!