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The “English not British” split will help decide the next election – we must talk about it

English taxpayers may only now be realising that they will foot the estimated £1.5bn dowry for Theresa May’s civil partnership with the DUP, while England’s austerity will continue largely unchanged. They could be forgiven for asking “who elected the DUP to decide England’s future?”

Even the Scottish Tory leader thinks Theresa May's plan to cut winter fuel payments is wrong - Mirror Online

The Scottish Tory manifesto not only doesn't include means testing winter fuel payments for pensioners - it proudly announces they will protect Scotland from its own policy

Are the English the real problem? - The Convention

With the English voting 53.4%–46.4 % to leave the EU, some say that Brexit is the triumph of English nationalism over the more European-minded nations of the United Kingdom. Must English political expression take the form of Britishness? Must England enforce devolution on the Scots rather than permit independence? Is a federal union possible, with an English parliament? Why are the English more anti-European than their neighbours? Could an English nationalism become the precursor to an easier, more equitable relationship between the constituent parts of the United Kingdom and the EU?

English Parliament | Campaigns by You

Allow the English People to have their own Devolved Parliament with the same powers as Scotland, and to be elected under Proportional Representation.

Labour will scrap university tuition fees if they win general election | The Independent

The Labour Party will scrap tuition fees “once and for all” if the party wins power, the shadow Chancellor has said.In interviews today, the party refused to say whether or not axing fees – of up to £9,250 per year at English universities – will be in the party’s manifesto.

The British and their exceptionalism | Centre for European Reform

Few countries have allowed their sense of exceptionalism to damage their interests in the way Britain is doing. British overconfidence is unjustified and will come at a heavy price.

The governance of England in the Union

Paradoxically, the election of metro mayors in England will make the federalist case for the UK that little bit harder to answer, since they take off the table the idea that the English regions can be partners with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in a new federal constitutional settlement. For that, England will need national recognition to go alongside devolved city and county governance.

Labour will end hospital car parking charges in England, says Corbyn | Politics | The Guardian

Labour will end car parking charges at NHS England hospitals by raising insurance tax on private healthcare to 20%, Jeremy Corbyn has said.He vowed a Labour government would make parking free for patients, visitors and NHS staff, with the £160m annual cost of the policy paid for by the insurance increase.

The revolt of the country: Brexit, history, and English nationhood | In the Long Run

Having long looked politically insignificant, the idea of English nationhood has resurfaced in the past few years not least in relation to Brexit. Some Brexiteers, like Daniel Hannan, have claimed the English-speaking people as the basis of an international Anglo-sphere that can now be recreated freed from British subordination to the European Union. By contrast, some Remainers and indeed critics of Hannan, see Brexit as an act of English vandalism whereby England is breaking up the British state and isolating Britain from the European continent to pursue an English fantasy of imperial nostalgia. Yet these historical narratives in which with acclamation or damnation English nationhood is equated with a global or imperial version of Britain miss just why the political history of English national identity is actually so potent to the politics around Brexit.

World leaders from May to Trump to Erdogan are all promising to unite their countries while doing the exact opposite | The Independent

People in England understandably resent the way that their nationalism, which they see as merely sticking up for their own interests, is condemned as racist and jingoistic when Scottish and Irish nationalism (or for that matter Algerian and Vietnamese nationalism) are given a free pass as the laudable pursuit of liberty and self-determination. 

Every election, politicians ignore England – here's why

Any demand for an English parliament or devolution to England amounts to English nationalism.However, there is nothing intrinsically nationalistic about the desire to enhance either the process of English governance or the creation of a democratic, institutional civic English national identity to better reflect the increasingly plural and multicultural population of England.

Just what sort of nation might the English seek to create? | Aeon Essays

The vote for Britain to leave the European Union was overwhelmingly an English one and the English are reemerging as a distinct nation, and perhaps soon as their own state (possibly with Wales still tacked on) existing outside the EU. Just what sort of nation the English seek to create – how they will define themselves and their country – is one of the most important, and unexpected, questions in world politics today.

The six Brexit traps that will defeat Theresa May | Yanis Varoufakis | Politics | The Guardian

In truth, Brussels is a democracy-free zone. From the EU’s inception in 1950, Brussels became the seat of a bureaucracy administering a heavy industry cartel, vested with unprecedented law-making capacities. Even though the EU has evolved a great deal since, and acquired many of the trappings of a confederacy, it remains in the nature of the beast to treat the will of electorates as a nuisance that must be, somehow, negated. The whole point of the EU’s inter-governmental organisation was to ensure that only by a rare historical accident would democratic mandates converge and, when they did, never restrain the exercise of power in Brussels.

The loneliness of the devolutionist unionist – UK in a changing Europe

Brexit will clearly have enormous implications for the UK’s external relations. But it is also having a large impact on the UK’s internal politics: it has already helped reignite the Scottish independence issue, and played a significant role in the latest bout of political turbulence in Northern Ireland.

Blair: I should have done more to protect the Union after devolution - The Courier

“The thing I would reproach myself for now, in respect of devolution, is that I think I under-estimated certainly that when you do devolution, because it involves a measure of distance between England and Scotland, what was important at the same time was to create, as far as possible, a sense of cultural cohesion,” he told Sky News.

Saint Edmund, the Saxon king, may be buried under town's tennis courts, experts believe

After Richard III was found buried under a car park in Leicester, details have emerged of other unusual possible resting places famous monarchs.Now, Bury St Edmunds believes it may have the remains of Saint Edmund, a Saxon monarch, buried beneath one of its tennis courts.

Give England a fair deal or the United Kingdom could be gone, says UKIP leader Paul Nuttall - Chronicle Live

The United Kingdom is in danger of breaking apart unless people in England get a fairer deal, UKIP leader Paul Mr Nuttall has claimed.He called for the creation of an English Parliament, to match the parliaments and assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Governing England: Devolution and Identity in England Tickets, Wed, 5 Jul 2017 at 09:00 | Eventbrite

Governing England: Devolution and Identity in EnglandInvitation: Governing England Conference, in association with Carnegie Trust UKWednesday 5 July 2017, 09:00-19:0010-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AHJoin academics, journalists and policy makers for this seminal conference on our flagship policy programme 'Governing England'.Devolution and Identity in England will explore developing English political identity and the impact of Brexit, the successes and failings of devolution to the English regions, the impact of devolution on Whitehall, the future of the political parties in a devolving England and the changing nature of the UK Parliament at Westminster. The conference is generously sponsored by the Carnegie UK Trust.

Shakespeare’s England – thoughts for England’s day, and the celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday.

Some of you wondered why I did not say more on St George’s Day. The reason is I was to give a St George’s day talk on Thursday, and wanted to give it to the audience first. I would now like to share it more widely.

EU prepares plan for North to rejoin bloc

European leaders are preparing to recognise the potential for a “united Ireland” within the EU after confirming Northern Ireland would seamlessly rejoin the bloc after Brexit in the event of a vote for Irish reunification.In a step that may stoke concerns in Britain that Brexit could hasten the fragmentation of the United Kingdom, diplomats are planning to ask leaders of the EU’s 27 post-Brexit member countries to endorse the idea in a summit on Saturday.

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