Nick Robinson’s blog on the BBC News website had some coverage of Boris getting himself into trouble.
I posted a couple of comments, one of them explaining what Boris meant to say about the Ignorant Jock not being suitable for Prime Minister and one of them debunking the oft-peddled myth that North Sea oil subsidises England. Imagine my surprise today when I tried to post a comment explaining why the British Conservative government of the 80’s and 90’s governing North Britain with a minority is completely different to the post-devolution British Labour government governing England with a minority and was greeted by a message saying I wasn’t allowed to post comments!
Boris is in trouble again. He’s committed the capital crime of suggesting that North British university students shouldn’t get free education courtesy of the English taxpayer.
The press are in a frenzy as Boris provides the only entertainment in an otherwise dull conference and people start demanding that he apologise for suggesting that North Britain is subsidised by the English.
Before I go on, a reminder of last years figures:
Scottish budget defecit – £11.3bn
North Sea oil receipts – £7bn
Net subsidy – £4.3bn
I hope Boris refuses to apologise. He is speaking up for his constituents and his fellow countrymen. He is merely echoing what more and more English people are saying themselves and for that he should be commended. If he’s going to get criticised every time he speaks out about something that isn’t party policy then it’s about time he stood for the leadership because, to be honest, Cameron is a bloody liability.
Boris for Prime Minister!
David Cameron has reiterated his belief that English MP’s should be the only ones allowed to decide on English legislation.
He’s got the right idea in principle but the wrong solution. He is absolutely correct in saying that MP’s with constituencies outside of England should be barred from interfering in English matters in the same way that MP’s elected outside of England are barred from interfering in devolved matters in their own constituencies. However, English Votes on English Matters (EVoEM) is a ridiculous and unworkable proposal.
The Campaign for an English Parliament has produced a critique on EVoEM and openly invited any and all Tories or supporters of the policy to come forward and explain how it will work. Nobody has taken them up on this offer for the simple reason that EVoEM will not and can not work.
I really hope that EVoEM is a simple ploy to get Labour and Lib Dem MP’s to demand an English Parlaiament be set up to fix the massive constitutional and practical mess that EVoEM will cause because the alternative – that they think the policy will actually work – shows that the Tories are not only naive but bloody stupid.
Had some success resulting from the official launch of the West Midlands NO! campaign today.
A local MP called and offered to meet me, a couple of people have offered some support and it got a decent sized story in the Shropshire Star.
The Shropshire Star used quotes I’d given to a reporter at the London office of their sister publication, the Express and Star, this morning. I’m quite a way outside the catchment area for the Express and Star so I haven’t been able to check it today to see if it got a mention there too.
It would be nice to build up a group of people from across the euroregion who can put a local perspective to the campaign. If anyone is interested, please contact me.
Patricia Hewitt and John Reid have suggested that England should have a national Shakespeare day just like North Britain‘s Burns Night.
They’ve suggested April 23rd as a suitable date which, coincidently, is the date of St Georges Day.
So, if the British government are happy to have April 23rd as a special occassion to celebrate Shakespeare then why can’t it be a special occassion for St George? Simple really. St George and the St George’s Cross are both symbols that bind the English together and as far as the Scottish Raj are concerned, England is a group of 9 regions.
This is cultural genocide.