Happy St George’s day

Yesterday in the House I renewed my proposal to scrap all unelected reigonal government in England. I did so as one of several proposals to start cutting the deficit by cutting out unliked and wasteful spending.
I also did so because I want our country back. England is still the country that is not allowed to speak its name or to be represented on a European map. I am an Englishman, not a Rest of the South Easterner as they want me to be.
Stop balkanising our country at our expense. If the governemnt would announce the end of artifical regions and their government apparatus it would indeed be a happy St George’s Day. It would also mean we would face a little less debt in the future.

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21 Comments

  1. Helen Wright
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    And a glorious day it is, too. Happy St George’s Day, everyone.

  2. Brian Tomkinson
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Your proposal should be implemented but will the European Union allow it?

    • mikestallard
      Posted April 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

      I am glad you said this. I have just got the following website from Libertas:
      http://www.libertas.eu/spread-the-word

      I would be really interested to see what our host feels about this. Can you be a conservative and support Libertas? What are the realtions between UKIP and Libertas?
      Only asking…..

  3. Gordon
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    ROSEland sounds quite nice. It should have its own flag.

  4. Amanda
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    This message needs to get out into the mindset of the public more. I frequently tell people what is happening, but they have not realized it, and I think many find it just too awful to fully contemplate.

    There is a malevolent reason why the BBC now holds competitions like their current ‘cooking for the troops’ by region. And I caught Dr Who talking about ‘Europe’s finest’ recently in relation to a British hero. But we can all do something about this, we can speak our name loud and clear. We can celebrate and acknowledge our English customs at home with friends and call ourselves English on official forms etc. At dinner tonight toast St George and Shakespere for a start.

    I applaud Boris for celebrating both the Queen’s 60th year next year and St George’s Day. The Victorians knew that restoring ‘pomp and circumstance’ and national celebrations was the way to increase public confidence and create a more positive public mood. That has not changed.

  5. E Justice
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Happy St.Georges Day
    Mr. Redwood, just a few more English men like you, to stand up and be counted, and we will get there.

  6. Number 6
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    And where does the ‘regionalisation’ emenate from? The EU, of course, will the Conservatives advocate leaving the EU, of course not.

    In the meantime, Happy St Georges Day to all. I am off to do the roast beef and sup some ale and cider.

  7. Matthew Reynolds
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Happy St George’s Day John ! I have marked the day by sending a few cards & going to Mass earlier this morning. It is good the way that Boris is making London do its bit to mark our nations Patron Saint’s Day. What annoys me is the way that The Guardian reader run BBC often does things for St Patrick’s , St David’s and St Andrew’s but has not made any mention of St George. It does get most of its fee money from England surely as that is where most of the UK’s population lives & in my view he who pays the piper calls the tune. I know that the liberal left dislike England & its history and are responsible for the English getting more tax per head & less public spending per head on average than the Scots. Devolution is stupid as the Scots can vote on English health & education – but we cannot vote for theirs while Dr John Reid as Heath Secretary was not accountable for the NHS reforms that he embarked on to his electors as they where unaffected by them.

    It is no surprise that 70,000 more people voted Tory in England than voted Labour in the 2005 general election !

    As a Roman Catholic & an Englishman I love St George’s Day – just a pity that the PC brigade cannot just be proud of England for once rather than trying to help Brussels to expunge it….

  8. chris southern
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Totaly agree John, have a good one 🙂

  9. tally
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Have a Great St George’s Day Mr Redwood and keep up the fight for England.

  10. Mike Cunningham
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    In addition to St. George’s Day, I have been quietly agitating for some time for a true English National Holiday, which I proposed some time ago, which would be called ‘Spitfire Day’ in memory of those gallant men and women who fought and died so that we might live through the worst that NuLabour might send upon us. Don’t know what your readers might think, but I believe that it is at least as worthy as a dead Syrian, who might not even have been a Christian!

  11. Sir Graphus
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    There are about 5 million Scots, 3 million Welsh and 50 million English (with apologies for inaccurate figures). If the English were encouraged to think in any united way about English interests, we’d dominate the others and reduce the disproportionate influence that they’ve always had. This is why multiculturalism has been so useful to this end; all ethnic groups have been given huge encouragement and public money NOT to imagine themselves English. It’s why councils all over England have spent taxpayers money on Divali, St Patrick’s Day, and I’m sure there are more (I’ve seen Pakistan Independence Day celebrated in Peterborough) but hardly a penny on St George’s (not that I’m arguing for more public spending).

    Education on the British Empire has emphasised the many negative aspects, and massively underplayed the many benefits (democracy, education, Christianity, civilisation, railways; would India have such as strong economic present and future without the British Empire?) Those who would express any pride in their English heritage have been variously smeared as racist or imperialist.

    Within Europe, Britain/England has been a proudly independent and troublesome voice. So, again, it is in the interests of those who would rule us to divide us into regions. But 50 years of Yugoslavia didn’t dent the Serb and Croat sense of national identity. Far from it. That’s a message of hope, then, and a warning.

    • Matthew Reynolds
      Posted April 23, 2009 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

      Songs of Praise would not cover St Georges Day despite the fact that surely most of their fee money comes from England ! It is time that program stopped being an apologist for the liberal left establishment & stopped trying to put people off of Christianity. It reminds me of RE lessons at secondary school -i.e. they make Christianity seem so touchy feely that it puts people off.

      This is a secularist hidden agenda if ever there was….

  12. Patrick Harris
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I hear the sound of an election, pity all this didn’t happen 10 years ago when we needed English elected MPs to act in the interests of the English elctorate,
    You know damn well that the Regional Assemblies are already being scrapped, even under a re-elected Labour government.
    What about the Health Trusts, Development Agencies, “regional
    Committees”, even the “unelected” European Commission.
    What about PFI and the 30 years of risk free investment enjoyed by the contractors, of course, the risk is down to the tax-payer.
    How are you going to cope with the legacy of a £1 Trillion debt.
    I know soak the tax-payer.
    It’s time to tell the country that you intend to visit all contracts made by the Labour government and re-write them where necessary and that contractors with a grievance should visit the courts at their own expense.
    Yoiu should also hold and charge the Labour Party ultra vires for any unnecessary debt incurred.
    Then learn the words to Jerusalem, it will soon be the “English” national anthem.

  13. Stephen Gash
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Regionalisation is the LEAST popular choice for England’s local government, as expressed in all polls conducted on the matter. However, we have them foisted upon us by the Stalinist Nu Labor.

    I feel compelled to say, though, that the Tory proposal for governmental decisions on English matters, would be even less popular if people actually understood what it was about. I confess I don’t understand it, and its complexity is worthy of Gordon Brown’s seemingly tortured mind. He appears to be incapable of anything simple, unless it is to make simple mistakes.

    I hope the Tories do abolish the regions, in all their guises, and encourage county councils to work together as and when necessary, in a flexible way. I also hope they get rid of Unitary Authorities where people voted against them, as in Sedgefield.

    It seems to many of us that opposition to an English Parliament by Westminster MPs, smacks more of them saving their own jobs than what is best for England.

    Ken Baker has written that the UK needs fewer MPs, and many agree with him. However, what England sorely needs is a parliament focusing on England, that is, without concern for other parts of the UK. A reduction in the UK Parliament and the establishment of an English Parliament is perhaps the only thing that can save the UK.

    English representation on the British-Irish Council would be a good start. How is it MPs in England allow this council to decide how to distribute English taxes, without a single English politician sat at the table.

    BTW, Gordon Brown was allowed once again to say in PMQs that the Barnett Formula is based on need. It is not, as both Joel Barnett and Sir Kenneth Calman have correctly pointed out. Brown should be keelhauled for misleading parliament in this way. Why is he allowed to get away with it?

  14. mikestallard
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Who is the patron saint for the Eastern Region, please?
    Perhaps I could ask the minister?

    • Matthew Reynolds
      Posted April 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

      I think that the Papacy has the last call on that matter rather than the UK government – His Holiness is God’s Chief Bishop in succession to St Peter after all…..

  15. Adrian Peirson
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Happy St Georges day to you and your readers Mr Redwood.

  16. Paul
    Posted April 23, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Well said and thankyou, Happy St Georges day to you Sir. I find it appalling that there seems to have been an almost total news blackout on all TV channels today about our National Day. Hardly any mention at all especially by the BBC (Brown Broadcasting Corporation). This simply needs to change and I couldn’t agree with your comments more. Please keep up the fantastic work!!

  17. scabbard
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    I am 99% certain that the next government of the UK will be a Conservative one.

    I am also 99% certain that it won’t do anything to address the English question, once it has power.

    And so I am 99% certain that it will become as unpopular in England as NuLabour is now.

    Then English nationalism will arise and sweep all before it – Labour, Tories, Libdems and all – into the dustbin of history.

    Watch this space.

  18. Steve
    Posted April 24, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    So, hopefully Mr Redwood, we can look forward to an English Parliament if the Tories get elected then?
    With MP’s who’s constituency’s are in England?

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