UKIP is presently engaged in internal discussions as to whether or not the party adopts a policy supporting an English Parliament. England Watch hopes that it comes down in favour of an English Parliament but is not convinced that the outcome will be to our liking.
If they do vote to do the ‘right thing’ then it could prove to be a very important step on the road to English devolution.
Nigel Farage and other leading members of UKIP seem to be in favour of the proposal whilst others, including UKIP Wales are strongly against. A small, but active, number of English Democrats have resigned that party and joined UKIP in recent months but it is doubtful if there are enough to influence a vote.
The main meeting in opposition to the English Parliament policy at the UKIP conference recently was organised by the ‘small’ Welsh section of UKIP. England Watch asks “Is this a case of the tail wagging the dog?”
Wales has a National Assembly England does not. If the Welsh group of UKIP support the Welsh Assembly then they are blatant hypocrites for trying to deny the people of England a dedicated political arena!
If they are opposed to the Welsh Assembly then they should at least acknowledge the fact that, as the people of Wales voted for the creation of the Assembly, UKIP Wales is out of touch with the people.
Maybe this small clique in Wales they have set their collective face totally against devolution and wish to remove the national assemblies and turn the clock back! If so then England Watch denounces them as idiots!
Whatever the case what gives this group that finds itself virtually incapable of getting councillors elected, the right to deny the people of England a say in their own future.
Finally, there seems to be a rather disturbing murmuring going on amongst some ‘uncommitted’ UKIP members regarding supporting the status quo. The argument goes, so we are informed, that if UKIP is equal or even ahead of the Lib’ Dem’s in the polls, without a promise of an English Parliament, why rock the boat and change things?
Question. Why should UKIP support an English Parliament?
Answer. Because it would offer fairness and equality to the people of England!