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!
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)
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 – 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/