I’m an English nationalist, oh not one of the jingoistic my country right or wrong types, just someone who believes that the best people to run England are the English, certainly not the British which is one of the reasons why I have such disdain for the UK parliament in Westminster, that and the suspicion that they are actually corrupt to the core. Before 1998 though I was reasonable happy being British, that was the point at which the government granted devolution to the Scots and Welsh and gave them their own parliaments/assembly and allowed them total control over certain devolved affairs outside the control of Westminster. All fine and good you’d think however Westminster still made laws for the English and allowed MP’s from Scotland and Wales to vote on these laws, granted there aren’t a lot of them, but enough on occasions to swing a vote, that’s why we have university top up fees in England despite a majority of English MP’s voting against, the legislation passed because enough non English MP’s voted along with the government to introduce them.
Still to be English, now there’s a thing, for over 300 years subsumed by Britishness and now beginning to flower anew and now causing a major headache to those who like their solutions in a box.
Is it because we have had little practice at being proud Englishmen and women that some of us go completely over the top and veer into jingoism? Are we going to have to reinvent Englishness? I think we are, certainly amongst those who would purport to lead us.
There is still a general confusion in this land about just what we are, the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish don’t have a problem with this, but that’s because as minorities they weren’t expected to quite fit the mould into the mainstream anyway. Indeed when the English do show a bit of pride and act similarly to our close neighbours we are often derided for doing so by certain elements who can’t cope with national pride and equate it to imperialism/colonialism and seek to quash it by any means possible.
There’s a certain mindset that seeks out to remove all traces of pride from this land, a soldier with the word England tattooed on his arm is denied entry into the police force in case the tattoo offends. Parents are told not to fly the flag of St George or allow it on any part of their children’s clothing/equipment. The name of our country is an offence to some who actually live here! This is the magnitude of the problem we face; this is why Labour and other EUphiles were obsessed with regions as English national pride is in almost diametric opposition to their so called socialist/European values. So they seek to break us up into smaller more manageable (and controllable) units hoping to set us at each others throats rather than being the nation they fear above all others.
We have a long and hard journey ahead of us, the forces of repression are entrenched in all of the civil sectors and many of them hate England with a passion despite being English themselves, they are the ones who after years of deriding Britishness and trying to have the Union flag banned, now seek to promote a sanitised version of it in a one size fits all for the people of England. It’s with the young that we have to start, get to them before the state does, instil pride in their green and pleasant land and get them to believe that to be English is something worth being proud about. We need English history to be taught as a mandatory subject in schools dropping citizenship and the rest of the politically correct crap that fills their curriculum. And yes that history needs to be warts and all, but we can emphasise the good in such figures as Wilberforce, as well as our military heroes in Nelson and Wellington.
Despite their attempts to promote Britishness, I believe that many in the establishment realise “Britishness” is dead, recent polls suggest that more people who are English count themselves as English first rather than British. I suspect though that there are those out there who see Englishness as a threat similar to how they once saw Britishness and have made moves such as mass unrestricted immigration to try and change the very fabric of the indigenous population away from their roots only to have it thrown back in their faces as the one thing they feared, a rise in English nationalism has gone from strength to strength despite or perhaps because of their attempts to quash it. Yet still the establishment try to deride any English person who attempts to show a bit of pride in their nation. You see it during sporting occasions with disdainful comments about the English flag flying all over the place down to the calling of groups such as the EDL as being racist knuckledragging scum (simplistic and wrong), for daring to band together to fight something they see as a threat to their nation, a threat which is more terrifying, homophobic, misogynistic, far more insidious and ultimately far more fascistic than Nazism, a totalitarian belief system masquerading as a religion. Yet somehow they are wrong to point this out and say it has to be stopped by demonstrating, a civil right that used to be taken for granted (please spare me comments about them being violent, there have been no arrests of EDL members at their last 5 demo’s, they aren’t saints, but they are nothing like the media image either).
In the UK, only the English are derided for being patriotic and only the English are denied their own parliament.