This is in response to a comment left by a reader on our item “Why is there no party fighting FOR England?
Comment from reader! There is an alternative, National Liberal Party!
Thank you for the comment but we are at a loss as to why you think that the NLP should be considered as a vehicle for English nationalism! England Watch often checks on the websites of the micro-parties to review their stance on English nationalism. The NLP is no exception. The site covers a number of issues both national and international, but what is glaringly obvious to us, as English nationalists, is the near total absence of the words England or English. There is very little of policy on the NLP website to indicate that they have the slightest interest in English politics. They seem to be a fully unionist party.
The NLP website has come out in favour of Devo-max for Scotland rather than independence, but not a mention of whether the views of the people of England should be taken into account.
They have a page, ALL NATIONS HAVE THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION!
“”The National Liberal Party believes that the all people’s have a right to nationhood Some have been successful e.g. Kosovo, East Timor and South Sudan but others not e.g. Tamils in Sri Lanka, Tibetans in China or Sikhs and Hill tribes in India.
The National Liberal Party is sponsoring a new Pressure Group called Nations without States to highlight the plight of peoples who aspire to nationhood. These might be based on tribes based within a state or even across borders that may or may not have been independently organised in the past. They might have a linguistic or historical separateness from their neighbours or fellow citizens. All will aspire to recognition, autonomy or independence. As nationalists the group NwS will support all such peoples. This includes for example the Kurds, Flemish, Sikhs and Tamils. Not all peoples of course necessarily wish to form separate or autonomous administrations and we will not give unconditional support to any particular group’s aspirations. We are happy to air the feelings of minority nationalists such as the Catalans, the Basques””
All very good and noble, but again not a single mention of England and the English in there.
England Watch would ask two questions.
How much this sponsorship of the ‘Nations without States’ group will cost?
Why could this money not be spent on promoting English nationalism?
The NLP website has links for both English Green and St George’s Committee but the impression that one gets is that they are playing lip-service rather than offering full support.
From the evidence it seems that the party is confined to the London / Essex borders and shows no signs of growth elsewhere. That does not concern England Watch as all parties have to start somewhere. What does concern us is that the NLP comes over as just another party that has consigned England to the ‘back-burner’!
It also seems to be claiming an illustrious history that it is not entitled to!
This article has been revised in the light of the comment posted below. We are at a loss as to how two of us missed seeing it. Well hidden maybe?