Say England Cop-out
Hallelujah. The Prime Minister has responded to my petition and I can view it here:
We received a petition asking:
“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to stop saying ‘Our country’ or ‘This country’ when he is talking in relation to devolved issues such as health, education and housing. If Mr Brown is talking about English matters then he should say ‘England’, even if it is politically inconvenient for him to do so.”
Details of Petition:
“There is a tendency amongst politicians of all hues to conflate England and the UK as if devolution had never happened. It’s less complicated that way. But devolution has happened and referring to England as ‘our country’ is confusing to a public that is not always aware that Mr Brown may be talking about policy areas that do not have a direct affect on his own constituents (to whom he is democratically accountable) because in Scotland those areas are the responsibility of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament and Government.
Gordon Brown (Andrew Marr interview, 6 Oct 07): “But what I want to do is show people the vision that we have for the future of this country in housing and health and education and I want the chance, in the next phase of my premiership, to develop and show people the policies that are going to make a huge difference and show the change in the country itself.”
Gordon Brown (PMQs, 10 Oct 07): “We will govern in the interests of the people, and what matters to the people is the health service, education, housing, and we will govern to make education, health and housing better in this country.”
Read the Government’s response
The Prime Minister has been elected by the people of Kirkcaldy & Cowdenbeath to represent them in the UK Parliament. As Prime Minister he heads the UK Government. It is in this capacity that he speaks when articulating his vision for the future of the country.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that this is a complete cop-out.
Gordon, you know you're a cunt, and you know you're in the wrong. You also know that you are deliberately conflating England and Britain, or avoiding reference to England completely, in order to mislead the public. Your failure to speak of England when it is England to which you refer, is to regard Britain as "greater England"; to govern England as Britain; to forestall the emergence of a distinctive English polity, and all to legitimise the presence of your grubby Scottish mitts on England's reins. To say that I despise you and everything that you stand for would be an understatement, the best that I can wish for you is a painful lingering death, televised live from a packed Wembley Stadium. Tomorrow would not be soon enough.
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