14 July 2008
Has Northumbria's time come round again?
This is the flag of the Kingdom of Northumbria. It hasn't snapped in the northern winds for over a 1,000 years - is it time that it did once again?
If the Nu-Labour meltdown is a bad as this writer hopes, then the Scottish National Party will most likely be the main beneficiary in that country. It is likely that faced with a Tory government in London the SNP will call a Scottish referendum with a view to gaining a mandate for independence. If Scotland does become independent, where does that leave the people of Wales and Northern England?
Although the Welsh Assembly does not have the powers of the current Scottish Parliament, it is still a body that can ameliorate London's neo-liberal desires. If push came to shove, then Wales could follow Scotland out of the union because the Welsh have the structure, via their assembly, that could lead to that move.
Northern England would be left alone - and we have more in common with the Scots and the Welsh than we have will ever have with the arse-licking gaffers' men who make up the population of Southern England.
Nu-Labour did try to split England up into artificial regions, each with their own limited powers, but when the matter was put to a vote in the North-East the people rejected the wheeze, and quite rightly so. None of those proposed regions had any historical resonance, but that does not mean that we should think of England as one entity - because that is not how we see ourselves, in spite of what some, mainly southern, writers think.
England historically can be divided into three, and possibly even into four, states that have a history all of their own. The old Kingdom of Northumbria fits in very nicely with what is today Northern England. Historically it came under the Dane Law, and culturally speaking its values are far removed from those of the south.
The Midlands corresponds to the Kingdom of Mercia and the south to that of Wessex. The fourth would be Cornwall, if they chose to go down that road. The chances are that they wouldn't, any more than Mercia would, and both would probably remain with Wessex as a truncated England. And good luck to them if that is what they want.
Northumbria - Northern England - really needs to be thinking about its future and for that to happen we need to start pushing for an assembly of some kind that will represent the people of that area.
If we don't, then we shall remain under London's sway once Scotland and Wales have called time on the union. A permanent colony, permanently outvoted in the English, Westminster Parliament, a parliament that is increasingly under the sway of Brussels and the European Union.
Would it not make more sense for Northumbria, Scotland and Wales to form a union all of their own? A union that would stand outside the EU and which would be dedicated to repairing the damage that the last 30 years have done to all three of us?