How much longer can the government in London allow the UK to slowly drift apart? The Universities in Scotland will soon be charging English students top wack fees to to study there. That is, £9,000 a year for a four year Scottish Degree, £36,000. Perhaps one could live with that if the English were served the same as the rest of Europe, but they are not.
Due to European law, the Scottish government has to treat the rest of Europe as though they were domestic Scots – they cannot charge them. However, a loophole lets them charge the English. So, university education in Scotland is free to all across Europe, except for the English!
Can I ask, has anyone in Scotland actually thought this through? The Scots have always bashed the English – ever since Culloden and before that too! The English have shrugged it off with a smile, but now a real resentment is building. Are we or are we not a United Kingdom or a federation that is growing looser by the minute – so loose it might just drift apart?
- Scotland’s NHS is not being squeezed for cuts
- Scotland’s council tax is frozen for five years
- Prescription charges are free in Scotland
- So is Hospital parking
- Old age care is free in Scotland
- Scotland’s Local Government is not seeing thousands of redundancies
- Scotland gets appreciably more funding per head than England
- Scotland has it’s own focussed parliament
- I could go on…
I don’t blame the Scots, it is the British Government who have allowed this. The Scots have simply looked after themselves but the people of England have no one to look after them.
It is time that a Parliament of England sat once again in Westminster, with a sole purpose to look out for the interests of the people of England.
“Consider every teenager in Birmingham who is going to lose their education maintenance allowance; every young person in Cornwall who is discouraged from applying to university by virtue of the increased tuition fees; every large family in inner London who will face cuts in housing benefit and may lose their home; every frail pensioner in Norfolk struggling to meet increased care costs. That teenager, that would-be university student, that large family losing their home, that frail pensioner; they are all subsidising-effectively paying for-Scotland’s handouts of free tuition, free personal care and frozen council tax. I object. This house faces welfare reform bills with many of us pleading with the Government for £75 million here and £100 million there for some of the most vulnerable people in our community, yet £4.5 billion is going to Scotland on no other basis than that it always has done. Where is the Treasury’s much vaunted financial prudence? Where, indeed, is our collective moral compass? It is not fair. It is not right. It is not decent and it should end-gradually, slowly; I accept all that, but it should end.”
House of Lords debate on the Barnett Formula. 15 June 2011
The apologists for rescheduling the Bahrain Grand Prix use the excuse that “sport brings people together.” I wonder?
I took a break from fighting for a Parliament for England – I gave the Ironsides the morning off and sat down with the Times and a bowl of Bran Flakes (I give up a lot for the cause.) Emblazoned upon my broadsheet (iPad actually) was a picture of Mr Andy Murray holding aloft the cup he won at Queen’s yesterday. Whilst he beat many of the worlds best I am sure, I felt no great joy whatsoever. The reason was simple.
I am not a great sport fan unless it involves hounding cavaliers off the battlefield. (Ah, Naseby, now there was good scrap!) Nevertheless, I do take an interest when it is at a national level, whatever the sport. If England were knocked out of an event, the other countries of the UK would get my support. Then came the world cup of 2010.
I was quite taken aback when I heard a certain Andy Murray, of whom I was a great supporter, state that if Scotland were out of any competition, he would back anyone but England; in fact ABE became a three letter acronym oft repeated in the media. In what was a naive view at that time, I thought the UK was a family that would always pull together – it appears not to be the case. Over that period I heard many Scots backing the ABE view, the first dawning that all was not well within the UK.
Therefore, when Nadal recently beat Murray in the French Open, I wore a satisfied smile. In my case, sport set asunder rather than bring together.
Any traveller coming into the UK on Sunday and who bought the Sunday Times would have read an article entitled “Care bills for elderly capped at £50,000”. Having read the article, they may well deduce that the UK’s old folk were in a tough situation, possibly having to sell their homes to fund the first £50,000. Had they read any other Sunday paper it is likely there would have been similar stories leading to the same conclusion. Well that conclusion is simply wrong!
The true fact is that the articles do not feature care in the UK, they feature care across England. Repeatedly we hear about NHS cuts, Local Authority redundancies, et al. In no case do the papers make it clear that these are English sacrifices, they do not affect Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Is it simply ignorance or is there connivance with the power elites who love things the way they are? It does seem a massive carelessness to fail to highlight such facts. The article regarding Care actually says “…crisis over Southern Cross, Britain’s biggest private care home provider…” the implication being this is a British problem – it is not.
Furthermore, the articles states, “About 20,000 people a year are forced to sell their homes…” That is correct, but these are just English people. It also states “The Treasury will be reluctant to take on any major liabilities in relation to care for the elderly until the deficit has been reduced…” Just think about that. The UK Treasury wants to wait to address the problem with English pensioners until the UK deficit is reduced. Meanwhile other parts of the UK get old age care funded. Is not the funding the other parts of the UK amongst other things that helped run up the deficit?
Please, please, please, do not let then get away with it. Write to the press asking them to be more accurate when describing the facts. They must not be allowed to get away with this!
We’ve all seen the game, three cards, all you have to do is find the queen, how hard can it be?
It’s called a short con, you never stand a chance, everybody there is in on it and they all have their parts to play. A team game with only one objective, get you to put your money down on their shabby little cardboard box. After that it doesn’t matter, it’s like there never was a queen.
I was reminded of it recently when I came across an article on Blue Labour. A little more research turned up this little gem –
Politicians often share many attributes with the best con artists and it’s often an education to watch them at work. A couple of big names talking up English culture and what not, followed by a carefully orchestrated yet feeble attack on what is described as a ‘dangerous direction’ for the party.
A team game with only one objective, get you to put your mark against their name.
Now that Labour are in opposition it’s obviously their turn to charm the nationalists and I’ll be interested to see if they do as well as the Tories did. The Tories consistently made big statements regarding ‘English Votes on English Laws’ and an ‘English Grand Committee’ but having been in power for sometime now these issues have been consistently shuffled to the bottom of the deck.
It’s like there never was an English Question.
Old Labour, New Labour, Red Labour, Blue Labour, roll up, roll up, everyone’s a winner!
“What an English King has no right to demand, an English subject has a right to refuse”
In 1635 Hampden refused to pay an illegal tax and championed English dreams of liberty. His actions resulted in the return of parliamentary democracy to England and ended the tyranny of King Charles I. He was acknowledged as ‘Patriae Pater’ by a grateful England and with his last words he prayed that England’s people would never lose their freedoms or rights.
Nearly 400 years later, I wonder what Hampden would have made of our current predicament? Would he have meekly paid the taxes imposed by Scottish and Welsh politicians upon the English?
Taxes imposed in order to fund their lavish public spending programs, taxes hidden with subtle name changes, taxes which only apply to those living in England.
I think Hampden would have known injustice when he saw it, that he would have stood up to be counted just as he did all those years ago. I think he would have known that prescription charges are not ‘charges’ at all but a health tax levied against the English and that tuition fees are not ‘fees’ but an education tax levied against the English. Only England pays these taxes in full and soon the other nations of the UK won’t pay them at all. That the English are singled out for extra taxation in order to fuel the endless spending of others would have roused men like Hampden into action.
Hampden is long dead and it appears that his contemporaries are few and far between. England remains gagged while the other nations voice their demands and complaints. This imbalance is evident in the distribution of public funds and the collection of ‘fees & charges’ which illustrate a huge geographical bias. Those with the right UK postcode receive free healthcare, a free education and lower taxes while those unfortunate enough to live in England are financially deterred from education and are made to pay for basic medicines.
If we are to end this geographical discrimination and these unfair taxes we must have representation for those living in England, we must have a voice equal to the voices of the other nations and we must have England recognised as a nation in its own right.
We must have a parliament for England.
(This contribution came from my good friend Francis Drake, another true Englishman.)
Have we become too fixated upon the ‘poor’?
Over the last few weeks I have heard ministers and other politicians talking about the many planned cuts. In nearly all cases, any mention of a cut was followed by an explanation of how the ‘poor’ will not suffer. In other cases, the first retaliation was that the ‘poor’ would be hardest hit. It occurred to me that maybe we have taken our eye off the ball.
It is true that one measure of a civilised society is how it treats its poorest and disadvantaged members. Can this treatment get out of all proportion? It appears to me that since 1997, the total focus of the government has been built upon creating a “fairer society”. Great marketing speak. Just what is a fairer society? Well it seems to me it was taking from the ‘rich’ and giving to the poor. The ‘rich’ appeared to be anything that had money and the ‘poor’ were those that did not.
In amongst the ‘rich’ was business; to the Left, the rich capitalists who lived off the back of the hard working poor. In the eyes of the Left, Business was a bottomless pit that could be constantly plundered for cash. If not for cash, Business contributed to the ‘fair’ society by taking on health and safety laws and other red tape – oh yes, we would be fair to our people. On top of the money they took from business in being spreading fairness, Labour borrowed billions of pounds, doubling, if not tripling, the National Debt. In doing so, they have risked killing the goose that lays the Golden Egg – Business! What is frightening, in his desire to be seen as protector of the poor, David Cameron is going to make the same mistake.
It is predicted that the national debt will be £1.3trillion by 2015/16 and still rising. What a legacy to leave the next generation. More and more of our national wealth will be going to pay the interest on this enormous debt. The only way we can begin to address the situation is to have e really healthy business base in place. British business will provide jobs, pay taxes and bring wealth into the country and yet we actually have so little. It has been estimated that 53% of our population lives off the state in one way or another – how on earth can it be that so few are actually funding so many?
What we have allowed to develop is a nation that is hooked on dependency, a dependency on the State. How is that dependency fed – from fewer and fewer individuals who do not look to the State. It is no wonder the National Debt is where it is. All of labour’s so called improvements have been funded on borrowed money. We are living way beyond our means people – wake up.
We must unleash business, free it from all the red tape and some of the ludicrous taxation it carries. Until we create jobs and wean people away from the State Sector and the dole queues we are in serious trouble. At this rate we will end up like Greece and that will be far more painful than any cuts we are seeing today.
The question is, has Cameron the cojones to do it? The jury is out, but it ain’t looking good.