If this is the answer, what the hell was the question?
Ed Milibeast used the phrase “one nation” a lot in his Labour Party conference speech and our MP here in Telford, David “Scum Sucking Tories” Wright, clarified on BBC Radio Shropshire that he was talking about one nation socially, economically and geographically. He made it pretty clear that there is only room for one nation as far as Labour is concerned (even though it’s not a nation) – Britain.
It’s odd to hear such Big Britisher sentiments coming from the party responsible for introducing devolution in Scotland, Wales and London and a party so single-mindedly committed to the abolition of the nation state. It’s also more than a little inconsistent with their support for the balkanisation of England which has led to them proposing a “Parliament of the North” this year and even launching a fake think tank to promote it.
At least they’re no longer trying to cover up their opposition to democracy or ambition of destroying our nations.
Ed Miliband has broken with decades of tradition and spoken positively about English identity and even mentioning an English Parliament. Ok, he dismissed it out of hand because he says there isn’t support for one but he’s the first LibLabCon leader to follow UKIP’s lead and take the subject seriously.
Labour has been struggling in England in recent years, despite a revival thanks to the ineptitude of the ConDems and has been navel gazing for some time trying to figure why the country they milked for over a decade to buy votes in Scotland and Wales might not be so keen on voting for them. It has recently occurred to them that describing English people as “a race not worth saving” and suggesting that people describing themselves as English is worrying and is about race, not culture unlike Britishness might be a contributing factor to their unpopularity.
While Ed Miliband is now apparently comfortable with us describing ourselves as English (as long as we say we’re British as well) he isn’t happy with the idea of an English Parliament. He says that an English Parliament means more politicians and that there isn’t support for an English Parliament so instead we should make do with more powers for local authorities.
Where to start? The “more politicians” myth is as good a place as any. There are 650 British MPs, 117 of which are elected in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where they have less than half the workload of an MP elected in England because their devolved representatives have more responsibility in their constituencies than they do. If an English Parliament takes away most of the British Parliament’s work, why on earth would we keep all 650 British MPs? The number of British MPs could easily be halved and it’s a pretty damning indictment of the British political class that the thought of reducing their number doesn’t even cross their minds.
As for there being no support for an English Parliament – what he means is there is no support for an English Parliament in his own party. An Ipsos Mori/British Futures poll in January found that 52% want an English Parliament. An ICM/Power 2010 poll last year found that 68% want an English Parliament. A YouGov/Jury Team poll in 2009 found that 58% want an English Parliament. A Populus/The Times poll in 2009 found that 41% want an English Parliament. An ICM/Telegraph poll in 2007 found that 45% want an English Parliament or to ban MPs not elected in England from voting on English matters. An ICM/CEP poll in 2007 found that 67% want an English Parliament. A YouGov/Sunday Times poll in 2007 found that 72% want an English Parliament. There are more but that’s enough to make the point – all of them show a majority in favour of an English Parliament.
His suggestion that giving local authorities in England more power would be equivalent to the Scottish Parliament or Welsh Assembly is frankly insulting. A town council could never compete with a national government and it certainly couldn’t represent the local population and businesses on the internationals stage. It’s a ridiculous suggestion and a half baked idea motivated by political greed, not a desire to do what’s right by the English.
We must cleanse the streets of the racialist taxi drivers!
I don’t know whether to despise Diane Abbott just that little bit more or whether to pity her for her evident stupidity.
Not content with insulting one fifth of the world’s population, she’s also said that taxi drivers are racist!
A spokesman for the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, Steve McNamara, said:
We find it amazing that in this day and age someone in Diane Abbott’s position can try to resurrect the stereotypes from the 1960s. At worst she is racist and at best she is stupid in making comments like that. Either way, she should go.
She might have trouble getting a cab in the future and it won’t be because she’s black, it will be because she is stupid. I certainly won’t be stopping for her.
You can always rely on a cabbie to tell it how it is and I would so love to see her flag down a black cab and be told to get stuffed!
Meanwhile, the bungling idiot
Ed Dave Ed … whichever one it is … Milliband had an unfortunate Freudian slip on Twitter earlier:
Sad to hear that Bob Holness has died. A generation will remember him fondly from Blackbusters
Harriden Harperson, the fascist man-hating bitch of an Acting Leader, has finished her speech and some scary looking woman (it has to be a woman of course) has announced the winner of the deckchair rearranging competition on the SS New Liebour and the winner, with xx% of the vote, is …
Ed the Millibeast
Right, now the excitement’s all over I’m going to go and find some paint I can watch drying.