The anti English voice of Jeremy Corbyn

Much has been made during the Labour leadership election of the democratic credentials of frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn MP

However, whilst he has been very vocal on the issue of self-determination for the Palestinians for a number of years, the following article from Eddie Bone of The independent lobbying group, Campaign for an English Parliament (CEP) shows that he is not so keen on extending self-determination to the English – Indeed, he supports the EU plan of breaking England down in to regions as can be seen on the following video!

 

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Mr Eddie Bone, Campaign Director for the Campaign for an English Parliament.

The Campaign for an English Parliament attended the ‘Jeremy Corbyn for Leader’ event that was held in Ealing on the 17th August 2015.

As the Campaign Director of the Campaign for an English Parliament I asked a question during the Q&A section, after Jeremy Corbyn’s main speech. We asked if he would establish an English Labour Party. His reply was direct and dismissive as he stated ‘he didn’t support an English Labour Party as he didn’t see the need for it’. We thought it showed a lack of insight into the complex concerns being expressed by many Labour supporters, so we attempted to highlight the clear differences in policies between the nations of the UK (eg Tuition fees).

After the event we attempted to speak with Jeremy Corbyn so that he could clarify why he talked about equality and fairness for all yet didn’t appear concerned about England and the English.

Please read the following transcript to see his appalling reply to English concern  (I have highlighted the main point that completely surprised me)

Jeremy Corbyn Ealing Town Hall 17/08/15 (after the main event)

Transcript 

Eddie: This isn’t right, it isn’t right when actually now listen you’re blocking me away completely is that the way you treat, is that the way you treat the English this way, you’re pushing me away

Jeremy: Now hang on, hang on, hang on

Eddie: I just have a question to be answered

Jeremy: There are English regions which have regional labour parties, as does Scotland and Wales and there is the Labour party the membership decide

Eddie: So you’re happy to see them broken up into regions

Jeremy: There has never been a collective voice for England

Eddie: Of course there’s a collective voice for England, we’re a thousand year old nation, we have a right just as Scotland and Wales to our own Parliament, to our own government

Jeremy: Well I am not in favour of an English parliament, I’m in favour of English regions

Tragically for the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn appeared not to grasp what the Conservatives were able to grasp during the general election. Admittedly it took an Australian spin doctor, Lynton Crosby to eventually help the Conservatives see the advantage of playing the English nationalist card. But it did help them ‘above all expectations’ to win a majority. It also helped ‘Northern UKIP’ to block Labour’s ability to challenge the Conservatives as well.

Eddie Bone, Campaign for an English Parliament,  stated “I was appalled to see and hear a potential Labour Leader show such a lack of basic knowledge of English history. Jeremy Corbyn’s blinkered ignorance will play into the Conservatives, UKIP and English nationalists hands over and over again during the next 5 years. His contemptuous and heavy handed approach will not only just succeed in offending the English but will also strengthen the Scottish nationalists as well. By calling Scotland a ‘Region’ he stuck two fingers up to the new Scottish Labour leader. How will she be able to make the Scottish Labour party more distinctive if a new British Labour leader is still in denial about the growth of Scottish nationalism?”

He continued “Labour will potentially face extinction if Jeremy Corbyn becomes the next Labour leader because he has failed to understand that many Labour supporters in England see themselves as English and want their own voice which means establishing an English Labour Party”

Eddie Bone CEP

 

Eddie Bone – Pictured above

With thanks to Stephen Morris of The Workers of England Union for the video.

For more information on the Campaign for an English Parliament (CEP), please visit http://www.thecep.org.uk/

 

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One comment on “The anti English voice of Jeremy Corbyn

  1. have no more time for the group that calls itself ‘Campaign for an English Parliament’ than I do for Corbyn. I’m an English nationalist, and from what Eddie Bone has to say, he’s no fan of the likes of me, UKIP, etc.

    “Eddie Bone, Campaign for an English Parliament, stated “I was appalled to see and hear a potential Labour Leader show such a lack of basic knowledge of English history. Jeremy Corbyn’s blinkered ignorance will play into the Conservatives, UKIP and English nationalists hands over and over again during the next 5 years. His contemptuous and heavy handed approach will not only just succeed in offending the English but will also strengthen the Scottish nationalists as well.”

    The Campaign for an English Parliament no doubt believes in the civic idea of English identity – i.e. that any race, creed and colour can adopt the English identity. Ironic, given that he accuses Corbyn of a lack of basic knowledge concerning English history. Ignoring the fact that we are a unique people with our own ethnic identity is just the sort of self-denying, self-embarrassment that is just a sop to to the ‘anti-racist’ brigade – pleading not to be regarded as nasty English racists who dare to have the affront to regard themselves as an actual people with a recognisable ethnic identity. Just as ironic is his seeming aversion to UKIP. Just what would be the point of fighting for an English parliament, only to be ruled over by the EU anyway?

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