Friday, November 02, 2007

The Economist doesn't understand the English Question

Like much of the old establishment The Economist just can't really get its head around the English Question. There is an article here titled "Handle with care". As has often been the case its suggests that recognising the English nation, in the same way that the Welsh, Scottish and Irish nations are recognised will destroy the Union. See below for a extract:

    Polls suggesting that two-thirds of the English support an English-only parliament may be flawed (the questions are often leading), but support is definitely up from the 17% registered in the early years of devolution. The proportion of English people who define themselves as “English, not British” has risen from 30% in 1992 to 40% in 2005. English MPs report that voters nobbled on their doorsteps complain increasingly about England's subsidy of the Celtic fringe and the “Scottish Raj” that dominates Westminster.

Notice that the journalist can't bring themselves to use the same formation for the English Parliament support 67% as they use for the less favourable measures. The whispering "leading question" smear is used - can any of you remember seeing that about any other referendums ? (By the way the Campaign for an English Parliament use professional polling firms for these surveys - ones the government knows and trusts as they need the figures to be credible ).

The Economist has become increasingly close to New Labour over the last 10 years and I suspect its journalists are finding it hard to think outside the New Labour silo they now inhabit. They are continuing the English Nationalism bad - Celtic Nationalism good double think group think. (There are signs that the Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph have also succumbed to New Labours total politics. They have many journalists who will now never have worked under any government than a Labour one - and their lack of imagination shows.)

And of course the article ends with what will probably be the MacLabour way of keeping the English down - claiming equivalent power has been devolved to councils or such. Expect this to be Gordon "sworn to put the interests of Scotland first" Brown's ploy to con the English next.

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