Robin Tilbrook, the Chairman of the English Democrats has made some interesting statements recently.
The first can be found on his blog:
In this article he points out that a fascinating Yougov poll that can be found here:
states that a growing number of people regard themselves as English rather than British.
Furthermore it is a growing trend.
The number of Welsh or Scottish people who regard themselves as being Welsh or Scottish in preference to being British has remained static. However the number of English people, who prefer to label themselves as English rather than British has risen by over 50% in three years - from 41% in 2008 to 63% now. That is a staggering turn around.
If you look at the figures, more Scottish people regard themselves as being British than do English people.
Is there a difference between an average person who regards themselves as being English and one who thinks of themselves as being British?
Robin points out the answer to that one by also providing a link to this article:
This suggests that Moslems are more inclined to say they are British than the indigenous community. This is no doubt because identifying with Englishness implies a much deeper and richer cultural connection. Britain is a statist construction rather than a nation in the sense of it being ‘of a people’ and a culture. True Britain is a state that was historically built from closely related peoples, cultures and nations, but they are clearly distinct none the less.
It is incidentally in recognition of this separateness but also closeness that dictates the English Democrat policy for Home Rule all round and a federal structure for the British Isles. This will maintain our strengths while minimising the weaknesses which have historically bedevilled the relationships between the constituent parts of these islands.
It is entirely likely that the lion’s share of the 19% of the population who identify themselves as being British are from a non indigenous background. People whose religion, language and overall culture are very distinct from the native form found within England. Inevitably these people, the new British, will find it most strange conforming to and absorbing English culture. This will not be restricted to Moslems.
It is also the case that because these communities are now large and self contained, and are encouraged by the liberal multi-cultural state to remain distinct, it is entirely unlikely that they will ever become English. Indeed the liberal multi-cultural state only discourages one culture and that is that of the English! It is impossible that the liberal multi-cultural state will encourage the minorities to absorb English culture.
As time goes on, the only ‘Britishers’ will be the members of the ever growing migrant communities.
Robin has also submitted evidence to the Committee on Standards in Public Life on the consequences of state funding of political parties.
The committee was established by John Major in 1994:
To examine current concerns about standards of conduct of all holders of public office, including arrangements relating to financial and commercial activities, and make recommendations as to any changes in present arrangements which might be required to ensure the highest standards of propriety in public life.
Robin gave the horrific example of what has happened in Belgium. The Belgium state has used the rules governing state funding to persecute a political party that promotes Flemish separatism, namely the Vlaams Blok – lately the Vlaams Belang. The VB has a considerable following in the Flemish part of Belgium yet this has not inhibited the Belgium state from attempting to deprive the Vlaams Belang of state funding. The rules preclude the ability of political parties to raise finds privately. Accordingly if state funding is cut off a party cannot operate. This gives the state a potential stranglehold to kill off any parties of which it disapproves. The Belgian state – a so-called liberal democratic partner of ours in the European Union - has not hesitated to act in this manner.
Robin has warned that if you give these liberal tyrants the power then they will use it to crush legitimate political dissent.
Robin’s evidence, actually provide to him by the Vlaams Belang can be found here and it makes for interesting reading: