England Watch was set up with the intention of it being, as far as is practicable, an impartial English nationalist Blog! Unfortunately this is not always possible, especially where honesty and fair-play are absent from the ‘debate’. We therefore make no apology for the fact that that this article, after evaluating both sides, comes down strongly on the side of truth.
This is the first in a series of reports on the English nationalist parties. They will not be posted on a ‘regular’ basis but as and when they are completed. The first of these party reports is for One England. As things look it may be our only chance to put this out before it folds! The title of the piece is.
Is ‘One England’ dying or being beaten to death?
England Watch asks this question in all seriousness. Of the half dozen small parties in English nationalist politics, which in size range from the EDP downwards, it is highly unlikely that they could muster 2,000 fully paid up members between them; this roughly equates with the membership numbers of Mebyon Kernow. Admittedly MK has been going much longer than any of the English nationalist parties, but on the other hand it is only active in Cornwall.
Back to the point, One England is possibly the smallest of the English parties, it is also the only one that has as one of its prime policies English independence, the others all being unionist, it would also seem to be the more moderate of the English nationalist parties. That is where their problems seem to lie.
One England was registered in October 2010 and had been founded by former members of UKIP, the EDP and the Free England Party. Initially it drew in some former high ranking EDP members who took up party posts in Yorkshire and the South West. In May 2011 one of the members became a parish councillor but in recent months there seems to have been little activity.
But, why such a gloomy title for this post?
The main battlefields are, the British Democracy Forum, English Passport blog, owned and rigidly controlled by Steve Uncles of the EDP and, to a lesser extent, the EDP Facebook page. One England is being attacked by a variety of people but from three different angles.
England Watch has been looking at the English political scene for some years now, long before we even thought of setting up a Blog. This is our take on the ‘three attack fronts’.
Firstly, that they have no national website and do not seem to be very active.
A valid reason one might argue. The first part seems to be perfectly correct; a national website is a major requirement for any party in the 21st century! The second part is not as easily proven, there has been very little information of activity posted regarding the party, though there have been a few mentions recently about forth coming announcements. We will have to wait and see if anything transpires!
Secondly, some of the members are attacked on a personal level, never a good political idea, though it is not all one-sided.
The reasons for this go back a few years. Most of the founder members came from either the EDP or the, then, recently closed Free England Party. One England was formed to carry on the original moderate policies of the FEP. The FEP had been closed by its then Leader Tom Wyatt when its members discovered that he, and the owner Andrew Constantine, intended to turn it into an Ethno-English party without any consultation with the members. Some of the members then called for a debate at the AGM as a result it was closed down by Tom Wyatt. As he proudly boasted a few days ago!
The attacks from the EDP members are for the same sort of reasons. It seems that no one that has left the EDP can be allowed to be seen to be succeeding in a political venture outside of the EDP.
Steve Uncles, EDP National Council member, Chairman of the EDP South East Area and owner of the Blog known to most as the English pisspot, because of its contents, is one of the main advocates of this sort of attack, especially on ex-EDP members of One England. He operates on his blog where no one can complain or contradict his views and on the EDP Facebook page. (He has a life ban on the BDF).
Tom Wyatt, (Hartlepool on the BDF) will attack anyone who shows support for One England but mainly the ex-FEP members.
EDP member and Councillor, Alan England (Cassie on the BDF) will also pounce on any One England members or supporters sometimes with quite offensive comments. It seems that both of these people have also posted on Mr Uncles blog.
One other EDP member is also on the fringes of the attacks on the BDF, Martin Thompson (Northumbrian on the BDF) who is also ex-FEP, is not quite as vitriolic or as extreme but is more than willing to join in!
Thirdly, and possibly most worryingly, is that a number of the people attacking them seem to hold rather unwanted political views for a civilised nation or wanabe political party in the 21st Century.
This last direction of attack is the most worrying. In the main it comes from former members of the BNP some of whom are now in the EDP! Of the two main culprits by far the most unpleasant is Frank O’Brien (Athelstan on the BDF) former BNP council candidate, recent EDP council candidate and now thought to be in charge of the EDP Solihull branch.
On the BDF and Facebook he is well known for references to the ‘So-called-Holocaust’ and comments that the Nazis real use of gas chambers and crematoria have been twisted. On the EDP Facebook page recently he posted that he does not know much about the so-called-Holocaust because he wasn’t there!
The other of the Ex-BNP members keen to see the end of an English Nationalist party is someone who stood as a BNP candidate in Leeds for most of the 2000’s, Dean Taylor (Caroline and English Dictionary on the BDF). Of all of the pages of policies, ideas and posts that One England has put out, the one that he finds the most objectionable is that of ‘equality for the people of England’ especially where it come to ‘gays’, which he has mentioned in most posts recently. It is not known if he is a member of any political party at present, he left the BNP at about the same time as they ceased being a ‘whites-only’ party.
Discussion, sometimes quite heated, of a political party’s policies and actions is something that England Watch encourages and welcomes but, as an English nationalist Blog, we do not agree with the methods being used in the attacks on One England. Attacks on personalities rather than policies! The use of lies as a substitute for facts! The use of fake IDs to make the numbers of those attacking the party look bigger.
We do not know the reason for the lack of activity from ‘One England’, it may be temporary it may be terminal. The bottom line though is that they are an English nationalist party which views English nationalism from a particular angle. One England says, as do all of the other parties, that it is working for the good of England and her people.
If so is that so wrong?
The detractors of One England have failed to demonstrate how the Party does not have the interests of the people of England at heart! Maybe it is their inability to do so that has resulted in the kind of actions that they have taken against One England.
We hope that there will still be a One England for us to report on in the future, the people of England should be offered a choice of politicaldirections, but time will tell!
If the various English nationalist parties can’t work together why can’t they work alone but towards a common goal?