Robin Tilbrook, English Democrats Leader
So great is the British establishment’s fear of English national identity that it seeks to suppress it whenever and where ever possible by any means it can. We can observe this, for example, in its treatment of the English Defence League (EDL) which it contrives to discredit by characterising it as violent.
On each occasion that the EDL organises a march or demonstration, unionist gangs such as “Hope not Hate” and “Unite Against Fascism” are permitted to mount simultaneous counter-marches which we are expected to believe are spontaneous expressions of indignation, and which invariably culminate in violent clashes. Inevitably, the EDL is blamed for these disturbances and it is EDL activists who are arrested, thus tarnishing the English EDL!
British Conservative MP William Hague (supported by the now discredited British Labour MP, Jack Straw) once said in a BBC Radio Four broadcast: “English nationalism is the most dangerous of all forms of that can arise within the United Kingdom, because England is five-sixths of the population of the UK.” Indeed, Straw (then Home Secretary) himself said that the English had used their “propensity to violence to subjugate Ireland, Wales and Scotland” on the Radio 4 programme “Brits”. The broadcast was examining what it now means to be British.
Dangerous to what? Dangerous to the British establishment and the British union of course! The nation of England, accommodating 85% of the UK’s population, is the mainstay of the British state. Even so, England and the English are too often (mis)represented as Britain and British.
Indeed, Scots in particular are placated to the extent of being given a significantly disproportionate share of British Exchequer funding and England’s natural majority undemocratically is nullified by various stratagems. One of the latest “wheezes” is the notion dreamt up by the SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon aided and abetted by Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Woods (too much oestrogen here perhaps?) that any referendum on the question of Britain’s continued EU membership should be decided by the majority of votes in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This would mean that a majority of the 40 million voters in England would be trumped by a majority of the 6 million voters elsewhere in the UK but there has not been one peep from Cameron and the British Parliament rejecting this anti-England tactic!
Against this anti-democratic and anti-English background it should not be really surprising that, once again, British broadcasters have contrived to exclude an expressly England presence and English voice. Yes, 7 party leaders have been invited to participate in these so called “TV Election Debates” of whom merely 3 are actually MPs whilst 2 of the others are leaders of parties which promote the interests of approximately 11% in aggregate of the UK’s voters.
Yes, Scotland and Wales are to be represented by Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Woods respectively, neither of whom are themselves MPs, nor are UKIP’s Nigel Farage and the Greens’ Natalie Bennett, of course!
So, who is to represent the interests of England and the English? Not Cameron, nor Miliband nor Clegg . . . the very idea is laughable.
It would seem that the English Democrats who promote the 53 million people of England are simply too dangerous, and so, English Democrats’ leader Robin Tilbrook is being excluded.
Could it be that Robin would appear far more statesmanlike than any of the other party leaders despite the fact that two of them (Cameron and Clegg) are cloaked, so to speak, with the trappings of office. Clearly the risk posed by including the English Democrats leader in televised debates is just too dangerous to take. After all, it would give English Democrats a prominence the British establishment is desperate to avoid, especially now that the Union is disintegrating before our eyes.
Due to the unprincipled incompetence of Messrs Clegg and Miliband led by Cameron (whose dad came from Aberdeen), the result of the 2014 Scotland Referendum was rendered questionable by their eleventh hour interference in the Referendum Campaign together with many other British MPs who travelled at public expense to Scotland to promote a ‘No’ vote. The interference included the ‘vow’ to Scotland of more powers and financial provision for which those leaders had no electoral mandate.
The supreme irony is that, having arranged a referendum in Scotland which excluded the other parts of the UK most importantly England, British MPs then involved themselves directly in it. Had they not rashly interfered with the Campaign in Scotland, the result would now be regarded as being indisputably decisive! Now, we have the spectacle of the SNP’s Sturgeon and Salmond being able to broadcast courtesy of the BBC (and other broadcasters) about how they intend to exercise power via the British Parliament over England’s interests but without the only politically active English nationalist party being given a similar opportunity to represent and safeguard England’s interests. This might be British justice, but it certainly is not English fair play!
Our so called ‘representative democracy’ is unrepresentative of the vast majority of British electors and is as rotten as the Palace of Westminster which itself is now crumbling and in need of radical restoration due to the prolonged neglect of its inadequate incumbents.