That was the well-known Scottish dictator Lord Falconer (the man who said that England CANNOT have its own parliament) speaking in April this year as part of a plan to get even more Scottish MPs into the House of Lords. If Britain is a Union of four nations, which one is missing from his list and what words has he substituted?
Full marks if you answered "England" and "the regions".
The North East of England was granted a referendum on whether it should become a region a couple of years ago, and 78% voted "NO". So, New Labour denied everybody else in England a say, and increased the powers of the unelected regional assemblies. Now corruption and devious doings flourish as local councillors and some MPs try to create "city regions" across the nation. Sorry. I mean regions.
The aim is always the same. The abolition of England and fast bucks corruptly earned for many of those involved.
Our Prime Minister-in waiting, Gordon Brown, was the first to wipe England from the political vocabulary of the UK when he coined the phrase "nations and regions". In accordance with his Imperialist Scottish nature, he did not consult anybody in England before so doing.
So the largest and most cosmopolitan nation of the UK, every bit as historic as its neighbouring nations, is dissolved and dictated to by a political elite representing eight million voters - the people of Scotland and Wales.
YOU WILL HAVE FOUNDATION HOSPITALS AND TOP UP FEES.
YOU WILL SOMETIMES BE RULED BY MPS WHO ARE NOT ACCOUNTABLE TO YOU (e.g. MPs representing Scottish constituencies).
YOU WILL HAVE LOWER PUBLIC SPENDING AND SUBSIDISE THE UK NATIONS.
YOU WILL HAVE NEW NUCLEAR POWER STATIONS AND WE WILL CRUSH LOCAL AUTHORITIES' RIGHT TO BLOCK THEM.
WE WILL CHANGE THE MARITIME BOUNDARY SO THAT SCOTLAND CAN HAVE YOUR SHARE OF THE NORTH SEA OIL.
YOU WILL DO AS WE SAY. WE ARE THE NATIONS. YOU ARE THE REGIONS.
England abolished is a tragedy for all living in that former nation and the process is being carried out AT THE BEHEST OF LITTLE SCOTLANDERS AND LITTLE WALESIANS, with the aid of so-called English MPs, happy to ride the gravy train, with ABSOLUTELY NO LOYALTY TO THE PEOPLE THEY APPARENTLY SERVE.
Sorry to shout.
What can you do?
Join the CEP.
This is from Necessary Words, poems by Raymond Tong:
I let it happen
- me and a few million others.
Although I was aware
Of the motives involved
and knew what was intended
I did nothing to prevent it.
I uttered not a word of protest,
but turned my back on what I saw
and went off muttering to myself
that one only lives once,
that I had a living to earn,
and besides there was nothing
I could do about it.
When it comes to restoring democratic rule to England, you can do something. Join the CEP. You can be an active member if you so desire, or not. It will not make impossible demands on your time. But whether you are an inactive or active member, you will be doing something; you will be taking part in an historic campaign to rid England of the Imerialist Scottish elite currently ruling our lives.
Don't just think about. Please act. Within a few minutes you can make a meaningful contribution to the struggle to bring democratic rule back to our country. The CEP is open to ALL citizens of England.
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Mike from Blackpool:
What about those Raj types who are elected by English voters?
If you're talking about Tony Blair, John Prescott, etc, then I confess myself hornswozzled.
Blair led the way, held the door open and set the ball rolling for the colonisation of England by Scotland - with a little assistance from Wales.
I have no respect for the intellect of those in Blair's constituency who continue to vote for him. They are foolish, stuck in the past. The post-yuppie policies of Blair's government do not benefit them. And what about those who vote in John Prescott? Or Malcolm Rifkind, representing an English constituency but with Scotland's interests always in mind?
But they are elected by English voters. So we must wear it.
A large number of voters, particularly in the North of England, are "Tardis types" - still living in the 1960s or '70s when Labour represented the Working Man and the Tories represented The Nobs.
It can be hard to keep up with the changes (New Labour now seems so New Thatcher), and a lot of people don't. Add to that the "Why vote? They're all the same" factor and the three hundred years of the "Think British" brainwashing factor, and we've got problems.
If you then add to all that the gerrymandering, spin and corruption of the Blair Government, it looks like we're trapped.
Soon, our PM won't even represent an English constituency.
But then perhaps even our "Tardis types" will start to awake?
Sylv from Salford tells me off:
Why do you say there are "Tardis types" particularly in the North of England? The South still tends to vote Tory. Voting loyalties tend to go deep and can take a while to change.
I certainly meant no offence, Sylv. I think the majority of people who vote Tory do so because Tory policies still suit them in the modern day. I think traditional Labour voters have been sold up the river by New Labour. The party they support actually no longer exists. Many don't know, or at least don't know the extent of, New Labour's change of ethos and resultant treachery to their traditional voters. I used to be a Labour supporter and I feel the loss of that political party quite badly.
I know the world has changed, I know Old Labour needed to move on, but there is no excuse for New Labour.
UPDATE - 2/8/2006
John has some must-read stuff on the government's project to abolish England. Read all about the English regions (aka the regions of England, aka The regions...)
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