England ‘denied a voice’ and should be given its own Parliament urges former Downing Street chief
England has been “denied a voice” and should be given its own Parliament in order to ensure parity with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, according to a former Downing Street Chief of Staff.
Former Theresa May aide Nick Timothy said that British identity was no weakened as “politicians dismantled the institutions and constitutional arrangements that kept the Union together”.
“Devolution, and nationalistic policies pursued by the SNP and Welsh Labour, pulled the nations further apart. So too have different decisions made by the English, Scottish and Welsh electorates,” he said in the Telegraph.
“The problem is not English identity but a failure to provide the democratic, institutional and political voice the English deserve. Devolution to Scotland and Wales but not to England means Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish voters decide the government of England.
“If one day we end up with a UK government elected with no English majority, but expected to determine policies in England that are devolved elsewhere, we will face a constitutional crisis.
“The only sustainable remaining solution is an English parliament and English government within a federal UK, supported by a political culture that respects and cherishes pride in England and shows a more serious commitment to the government of England’s regions. ”
Pointing to Westminster, Stonehenge, the Industrial Revolution and the Wars of the Roses, ick Timothy said that England had its own culture that was different to that of other parts of the British Isles.
He said that the multi-ethnic and multi-faith England football and cricket teams was evidence that “we have language, places, habits, customs and shared history, culture and stories to help us to trust one another”.
“This shared national identity means we can look beyond the narrower identities – racial, religious, regional, whatever – that can divide us.
“The problem with English identity, then, is not that it does not exist, nor that it is vague, nor that it is impossible to understand. It is that, for decades running into centuries, English identity was – with the tacit consent of the English themselves – subsumed into a broader British identity.”