We need a Labour party that wants to be English as well as Scottish, Welsh and British.
Guardian, 13 May 2010
Democracy in Wales is being damaged by a lack of coverage of Welsh affairs in the London-based media, the assembly's presiding officer fears.
Having admitted before the English local elections that some of his candidates might be British National Party members, Mr Farage then draws the inference that some nationalists in Scotland are fascists, and scum, and anti-English racists. Gordon Brown recently likened Ukip's attitude towards immigrants to the provocations of Enoch Powell. Where does that leave the former Prime Minister on the crypto-fascist scale?
Why did the English alone developed such a political system? It was a mixture of such traits and circumstances as the democratic spirit, egalitarianism, individualism and royal weakness. But before examining the detail of those traits, consider first the utterly abnormal political success of the English.
The London Finance Commission’s recommendations are a sensible blueprint for local government finance in the capital and beyond. They could help stoke a formidable movement for change
Welsh MPs from across party divides have called for the Severn Crossing toll to be scrapped or slashed after the UK Government revealed it intends to claw back a further £88m.
LSE announced, that the London Finance Commission, chaired by LSE’s Professor Tony Travers, has released a new report calling for greater financial freedoms for the capital, giving London government the autonomy to invest in its own vital infrastructure as its population and economy grow, and bring London in line with competitor global cities.
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One has the language of ‘separatism’, ‘separation’ and is filled with risk and negativity; the other the language of ‘a new relationship’, ‘renegotiation’ and greater choice and flexibility; the first about Scottish independence, the second British withdrawal from the EU
Eleanor Jackson, a university lecturer, said the red and white symbol could cause upset in Radstock, Somerset, because it was used during the Crusades 1,000 years ago.
The Labour councillor voiced her concerns at a meeting called to discuss which flag should be purchased to fly atop the town's repaired civic flagpole.
IT IS many years now since Scotland began to be cossetted at the expense of Yorkshire and the other English regions.
But never has the favouritism been as naked and unashamed as in the latest instance.
Yorkshire is set to miss out on tens of millions of pounds of regeneration funds as the Government diverts a huge tranche of EU money north of the border ahead of next year’s vote on Scottish independence.
Former prime minister Gordon Brown said the anti-independence fight has to be based on a union for social justice with fairness at its core.
SCOTLAND can legally walk away from its share of the UK’s debt mountain and start independence with a clean slate, according to a top constitutional expert.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has insisted his party is relevant to Scottish politics as he prepares to target SNP voters in a Holyrood by-election.
It is political nonsense because Labour cannot with any credibility call on Scotland to save England from the Tories - while at the same time being in the same campaign as the Tories telling Scots to vote No. No amount of cosmetic launches can disguise the fact that Labour are joined at the hip with the Tories in the No campaign.
Philip Davies has seconded an Early Day Motion (like a Parliamentary Petition for MPs) by Greg Mulholland, calling for an English National Anthem to be sung at events where it is England, as opposed to Great Britain, who is playing.
First Minister Carwyn Jones claimed Ukip’s headway in local elections in England – fuelled partly by a “kind of English nationalism” – was not matched by its progress in Scotland or Wales,
“That’s what Ukip are, and I believe that Ukip will become more and more of an English-based party as they see that is where their electoral strength lies,” he assured fellow AMs. “Because they have no strength in Scotland and very little strength of Wales.”
"London mayor's call for new levies on tourism and property seen as part of campaign to give more power to English cities"
David Cameron and Nick Clegg will campaign against Scottish independence while strengthening the devolved governments of Wales and Northern Ireland, and ignoring England completely.
The destructive power of neoliberal globalization has prompted renewed interest in nationalism on the left. But the legacies of empire and the political nature of the neoliberal project itself suggest that enthusiasm for English nationalism needs to be tempered with a sober analysis of its unintended political consequences.