At the moment there is a major debate going on within UKIP as to the desirability of the party coming out in favour of an English Parliament. The pro- E P lobby is led by Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall, with the backing of the Party Leader Nigel Farage.
Last week UKIP held a Spring conference which included discussions on this subject. Regardless of the hype on blogs and forums as to what was going to happen, there was no vote, no ballot, no binding decision reached, none of these where ever on the agenda it was a ‘workshop’ as they described it. It was intended to produce volumes of hot air in order to see which balloon floated the highest.
One of the more vocal areas opposing the move is UKIP Wales, which is a bit rich considering that they already have their own sandpit to play in. So why can’t England have one?
For most, if not all, English nationalist parties past and present an English Parliament is a standard core policy, for a few others, One England and the defunct English Independence Party and Free England Party and independent England is/was the ultimate goal.
So when the members of UKIP, the fourth largest party in England, are debating whether it should adopt an English Parliament policy one would expect, not unreasonably England Watch would say, for the English nationalist parties to support the move.
England Watch has to put a caveat here to say that we are not privy to the discussions and deliberations of the ruling bodies of most of the English nationalist parties. But from what has been gleaned from forums, websites, Facebook and blogs it would seem that most of the parties are supportive of, or at least excepting of, the UKIP moves.
We say most, that is the smaller parties. What may seem puzzling to many is the amount of effort, venom and personal attacks the English Democrats Party is putting into opposing the UKIP proposal.
On the face of it the EDP should be the party offering the most support to UKIP, as the oldest, largest and by far the more well-known of the English parties’ one would think that they would be the party that could capitalise most on the creation of an English Parliament.
The reason for the strength of the opposition to the UKIP deliberations seems to stem from friction between the two main factions within the EDP.
The recent influx of new members from the BNP, with a history of British not English nationalism is jarring with many of the ‘long-serving’ English nationalist members. The latter stay with the EDP because it is the largest party supporting an English Parliament but, if UKIP do support the new move and an English Parliament becomes UKIP policy, these EDP members will have an even larger and more successful party promoting their cherished aim.
The EDP have lost a number of members to UKIP already, if UKIP do, and it is not a given that they will, support an English Parliament then the numbers moving across could grow significantly.
It seems that the question that begs asking is,
“Does the English Democrats Party want AN English Parliament or just one of its own making?”