With over 32 million people (60.4%) of people in England identifying themselves as “English only” in the 2011 Census of England ~ which increases to some 37 million (circa 70%) when those who regard themselves as having “English and British only” identity are included ~ one wonders why so much attention is given to the persistent clamour of the 4.4 million of “Scottish only” identity in Scotland?
Surely the essence of democracy is to take account of the majority opinion and the majority’s interests. However, in this wonderful so-called ‘representative parliamentary democracy’ in Great Britain, the interests of the English are repeatedly subordinated to those of the rest of the UK, in particular those of Scotland! Consequently, we English are treated not as equals but as 4th Class citizens.
One reason why this ‘anti-democratic’ doctrine of invariably conceding ‘minority’ claims is so effective is the deep penetration of broadcasting and print media by those minorities, especially Scots. So strong is their foothold in England’s society that, whilst avoiding any mention of what they regard as their real national identity, they create the misleading impression that their opinions are the opinions of very many English!
Moreover, many Scots and Welsh sound like and thereby appear to be English, and exploit this ambiguity despite being covertly (one might say deceitfully) more loyal to their own, non-English national identity. Indeed, we have the examples of Michael Fallon (Britain’s Defence Secretary) and Michael Gove (Justice Secretary in England) both carpetbagging in England Constituencies. There are numerous other examples both past and present eg Sir Malcolm [I’m worth £5,000 per day] Rifkind, Tony Blair and Anne McIntosh (past) plus David Cameron (Britain’s Prime Minister), Liam Fox, James Grey, Iain Duncan Smith and Ian Liddell-Grainger (a few of the present).
At the least one wonders about the true motives of individuals purporting to represent the interests of citizens in England which are likely to be subordinated to the interests of another nation, that of individual’s national identity. In the absence of clarification, these individuals fall well short of the second principle of public service which, as claimed for justice, is to be SEEN to act properly and to do the correct thing. So much for the standards of public life in England today brought down in large measure by non-(anti-)English immigrants from other parts of the so called ‘united kingdom’!
The UK’s ‘National’ Debt is estimated to be of the order of 1.5 Trillion. This is more than £1,500 Billion or £1,500,000Million. Both the British Labour and Conservative parties [and Lib Dems] have avoided telling England’s electors that at least £1 Trillion of the National debt is attributable to the Scottish banks RBS and HBOS which were based in Edinburgh and proudly portrayed themselves as being Scottish largely excluding the English from their management at board level.
Yes, although Scots persistently claim to pay proportionately more into the British taxes pot, they have remained very silent about the hugely disproportionate debt they ran up for the rest of the UK and England in particular.
So, consistent with their past conduct, we may expect the SNP to shout ever louder about their claimed entitlements whilst remaining silent about the massive debts they incurred for the English in their 2008 version of Darien Mk 2. We can also expect Cameron as Scot whose whose primary allegiance is to Scotland over England, to cede ever more of England’s treasure to Scotland whilst reducing England’s share of England’s wealth . . . all in the professed cause of ‘preserving the Union’ you understand!
Cameron also schemes to reduce democratic representation in England. Scotland has 59 MPs to represent 4 million voters plus 129 MSPs the equivalent of 1,300 members of an English Parliament. England has solely 533 MPs to represent 40 million voters which Cameron intends to reduce.
Cameron and his unionist allies will not introduce a national parliament for England quite simply because it would render upwards of 400 to 450 British MPs redundant!
Democratic representation in England and expenditure per capita is to be reduced to keep the now damned British union together! It has long been accepted in civilised societies, I say civilised societies Mr Cameron, that when one partner in a union wants divorce, the other side will agree however reluctantly to break that union.
All the evidence at present is that Cameron and his cronies are not listening. Perhaps he imagines that the English cannot withstand the rest of the UK bolstered by the dictatorial EU? Just what do we have to do to get through to our opponents? Perhaps 1939 supplies us with a pointer.
Until we arrive at the crisis point, Cameron can continue working on his reputation, aided and abetted by the shrill shouting of Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP, to see whether he can become even more detested than his compatriot Tony Blair!
PS: Today [13th May 2015] I viewed a broadcast of the BBC’s “Bargain Hunt” which had been recorded in Edinburgh. Two features occurred to me: (1.) all the faces in the show were white, and (2.) the accents were predominantly, overwhelmingly Scottish of one kind or another. The auctioneer was a Scot, likewise one of the ‘expert’ presenters. This was a Scottish programme to an extent I have never seen replicated as English in any of the BBC’s productions made in England.
This show amply exemplifies the Scots in action; the nation which spawned Nicola Sturgeon. It is the nation which accepts far fewer than its proportionate share of immigrants but, despite this, Miss Sturgeon had the audacity, the sheer hypocrisy to condemn, in her televised party leaders appearance, those who express concern about the level of immigration to the UK!
These aspects of contemporary Britain illustrate the presence of the squawking, persistently complaining Scottish cuckoo in the English nation’s nest!