I must say that the Union Jack looks more visually interesting than the St George flag: the latter looks plain by comparison.
The scale of the SNP’s victory in Scotland virtually compels all the UK-wide political parties to start centring themselves on a place called England. Whether we get English votes for English laws in the Commons, or power devolved to the English regions, depends on how big a priority the Conservatives make them.
Labour, almost certainly, will have to create a federal structure and an English party organisation to mirror its Scots and Welsh ones. But as an English person I would like to declare up front: I do not want to be English.
I am the grandson of a Lithuanian Jew on one side, and some miners and weavers whose roots go back for centuries in the same square kilometre off the East Lancs Road. Neither side of this genealogy makes me feel particularly enamoured with the concept of England…
A quick summary of why so many leftists are not concerned about mass immigration. They do not identify with their co-ethnics so why not invite the whole world in?
The out-breeding project started by the Catholic Church centuries ago — to break up and tribes and clans of Europe and make society ‘more Christian’ — has been wildly successful.
I have no illusions about the tribal/clan way of life: we can see it places like the Middle East and Afghanistan: it creates horrors like blood feuds, honour killings and massive nepotism and corruption. Western-style democracy simply cannot function. These countries are inevitably hellholes.
Yet it is possible to have too much of a good thing. If the end result of out-breeding includes multiculturalism and mass immigration (especially from tribal/clan societies) it will destroy our society as we know it.
For a contrasting viewpoint from Nick Cohen, also of the left and also writing in the Guardian, see: Labour would do better if it learned to like the English:
The universities, left press, and the arts characterise the English middle-class as Mail-reading misers, who are sexist, racist and homophobic to boot.
Meanwhile, they characterise the white working class as lardy Sun-reading slobs, who are, since you asked, also sexist, racist and homophobic.
The national history is reduced to one long imperial crime, and the notion that the English are not such a bad bunch with many strong radical traditions worth preserving is rejected as risibly complacent.
So tainted and untrustworthy are they that they must be told what they can say and how they should behave.