Union? What union?

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Ok, the wedding is over and done with and we’ve got our new princess.

Watching the wedding made me feel quite happy really – I love the royals and I’m sure William and Kate will turn more than a few borderline republicans into monarchists.  The run-up to the wedding has been absolutely horrendous though – days of inane chatter, clueless hypothesising and utter bollocks from people trying to imply they have some inside knowledge of the wedding because they know the Middleton’s gardener’s milkman’s postman’s next door neighbour.

The big downside of the royal wedding, though, is the proliferation of the union flag and people declaring their pride in being “British”.

The resurgence of the English flag over the last few years has been great.  Passing rows of houses with English flags in their gardens and hanging out of their windows is a gratifying sight but the last few days has seen English flags taken down and replaced with the flag of our imperial masters.  Even St George’s Day has been largely ignored by shops who decked out their stores with red, white and blue bunting weeks ago.  There is a very real danger that people will fly the BNP flag now that they have bought them instead of the Cross of St George, putting back the cause of progressive English nationalism by years.

And as for this ridiculous pride in being “British” – how does that work?  How can English people – the citizens of the last colony of the British empire – feel any pride in a non-country that has failed to build an inclusive national identity in over 300 years of existence?

The so-called “United” Kingdom is anything but.  The union between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has been superficial from day one and we are no more united now than we were in 1707.  This union of four nations has five governments, five flags, four languages, four constitutions, three legal systems, two judiciaries and two royal families – Prince William will be King William V of England and William III of Scotland.   “British” is a three century old failed experiment in social engineering that is as irrelevant now as it was before the Act of Union.

I used to describe myself as English first and British second.  Now I’m just English.  And isn’t it time we had a Prince of England?  A much better title for Prince William that Duke of Cambridge!


  1. David B. Wildgoose (25 comments) says:

    Four legal systems now – remember, the Welsh have just upgraded their Parliament to give it primary law-making powers.

    Even more if you were to add in the Crown dependencies in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

    And more native languages as well – in addition to English and of course Welsh there’s also Scots Gallic, Irish Gaelic, Scots, Ulster Scots (which is separately recognised), possibly Cornish (which is actually a revival of a dead language), and even Manx and French in the Crown dependencies. Oh, and other Scots dialects like Lallans as well. Plus an additional plethora from more recent immigration.

    Lots more flags as well.

    Although just the one recognised royal family – it’s the same family, just different titles.

  2. David, ExPat Slovakia (6 comments) says:

    Woah Wonko! You need to get out into the trenches for a bit. I’m an Anglo Scot by heritage, though more Anglo than anything and served in HM Forces for over 30 years. I have learned to celebrate and have pride in our differences and have worked alongside some of the finest men and women of all our nations. I for one would be sad if we allowed ourselve to loose sight of what we can do together.

    That said, nothing is more likely to flick my switch that demonstable unfairness. The current system is palpably unfair to the English. They should have their own Govenment and the benefits of being a citizen of whatever nation in the UK should be equable. Currently it is not.

    Our Politicians all know this. Their aim though, is to mantaain their cosy status quo, party loyalty and solidarity, jobs and old boy networks and the devil take the rest of us.

    They like us, can smell the odure especially as they are up to their necks in it. The only tacit advice they seem to have is: Keep Swimming!

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