In our halls is hung
Armoury of the invincible Knights of old:
We must be free or die, who speak the tongue
That Shakespeare spake; the faith and morals hold
Which Milton held.-In every thing we are sprung
Of Earth’s first blood, have titles manifold.
From ‘It Is Not To Be Thought Of‘ by William Wordsworth
Last St. George’s Day I wrote about the recurring values, ethics and ideals of English people, our rich history and the beauty of our language. This St. George’s Day, however, rather than the past, I turn my thoughts to the future. It would be extremely easy to analyse the present situation and feel distinctly uneasy and concerned over what the future holds for our England.
In recent entries, I have mused upon the future of England, and how the issues that plague her now threaten her future, and whether it be impotent hand-wringing from the Prime Minister or the Leader of Her Majesty’s opposition over mass immigration, historical ignorance, economic divisions across every stretch of England, the abandonment of Christianity and Christian values, the sabotage of Conservative and Labour parties by liberal centrists and anarchists of all descriptions or the continued insistence on the existence of an antequated ‘Britain’, the unfolding or compounding of these matters have taken their toll on the country.
The Church of England, for example, has always been a succinct microcosm of the dangerous decay that we see in English cultural institutions. For many years, as I have described in other entries, the CofE has actively sought to become a trifling irrelevance in national life, and this transformation and compromising of its inherent belief structure continues apace.
The only conclusion, for example, of Ann Widdecombe’s recent BBC documentary is that while Christianity is declining across the country – but not terminally, as this 10,000 strong throng at a dramatisation of the Passion in multicultural, multi-faith Southampton from yesterday evinces – it is the Church of England that is in the most serious decline. Why? Because it has forgotten whom it serves; the English people. This has become even more clear in the fantastically short period of time since the transmission of even that programme. In a succinct demonstration of how the new Clergy are actively in favour of destroying their institution’s position in society, The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Rev John Pritchard, said Church of England schools should move away from Christianity and academic rigour by serving “the wider community”. Rev Pritchard went on to say that
“”I don’t think I would be as concerned even if there was a decline in standards because what we want to do is to serve.”
Presumably here he means ‘serve’ public opinion as opposed to English Christians, or even the children whom his organisation is responsible for educating; what of the still significant Anglican community? Who serves them now?
And on top of that, as the Campaign for an English Parliament addressed so eloquently and starkly in their fantastic April Fool’s effort, due to the fact that the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish hold sway over Westminster rather than the other way around, England still suffers from the Barnett Formula and an unjust balance in its public spending. England now pays over the odds for its prescriptions from the allegedly ‘National’ Health Service while its subsidised neighbours pay nothing.
In spite of this sustained assault, whether longitudinal or recent, all is far from lost. In fact, much has been done as a result of these facts to demonstrate the fact that England is being maligned; surely the first step to awakening a national consciousness. Paul Kingsnorth, ever the defender of Englishness in its most tangible form, has written eloquently for the Guardian about how England is disproportionately affected by Government spending cuts.
His establishment of the dichotomy between English people and British state is succinctly stated:
“At heart, this is an issue of sovereignty. When the Scottish reclaimed their nationhood from Westminster, they asserted the sovereignty of their citizens. The English case is the same. Who owns the English NHS, English forests, English libraries? Not David Cameron. Not the British state: the English people.”
I could almost copy the article verbatim, but Kingsnorth astutely sums up the only logical conclusion to the mess of devolution: an English Parliament.
“In the name of our historic freedoms, we could call for English home rule – for the return of the English parliament, lost like that of the Scots to the Act of Union. This would give us a national narrative a million miles away from the establishment tale of royal weddings and military interventions.”
Here the connection between the national narrative – which we already have, but is suppressed – and an anti-establishment strain is clearly rooted in the 1381 spirit and designed to interest suburbanite keyboard warrior Guardianistas, but it is a powerful strain that appeals to all patriotic Englishfolk – and a neat narrative in which to couch our grievances and arguments.
Let us not be carried away with our grievances, however. Let us celebrate our successes. Today’s celebrations demonstrate the enormous value of an English national day to repairing damaged relations between groups of people in our society. Commenting on Birmingham’s events for today, Baroness Margaret Eaton, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:
“St. George’s Day provides a great opportunity to [bring… communities together]”
The message is clear, strong and resounding. Return the most simple of attributes to the English nation state, and positivity and true unity – as opposed to inherently divisive and flimsy Socialist ‘solidarity’ – is the logical and tangible result.
We must redouble our efforts to take our message to the English people. To provide a legitimate, coherent and insistent branch of British politics that speaks to the majority of the British people – the English.
Like Saint George, we have a dragon to slay. Let us go about our work.