Letter: Let England have a vote

Why should we, the people of England, not have a say when Scotland holds its referendum on breaking up the UK?

But then again, England has much more to gain from independence than Scotland does, so maybe we should hold a referendum on English independence first.

These are the facts of the ‘Scottish Burden’: Scotland gets 25 per cent more government spending – paid for by English taxes.

Scotland is over-represented in the House of Commons.

Scots vote on English-only issues but the opposite cannot happen.

Scots can fly their flag on their public buildings; English public buildings cannot fly the flag of Saint George.

The United Kingdom should be dismantled peacefully now to prevent a Balkanisation of the country.

A commonwealth of co-operation, free trade and defence alliance should replace the current UK.

Ireland could be part of this commonwealth too.

Adam Ives, Accrington Road, Blackburn

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5:42pm Tue 15 May 12

mavrick says...

The Idea is great on paper, But if you think for one second tha England will get such a vote I think you need some therapy. We have more chance of getting a vote on our membership of europe. I am afraid the very words England or English are considered politicaly incorrect, That is why England always gets a rough deal. When you go to Scotland and Wales there is a strong sense of pride and patriotism. England has has lost its sense of identity. England has been deliberately suppressed to fit in with Euro Ideals, Will the politicians put it to the vote? I doubt it.
The Idea is great on paper, But if you think for one second tha England will get such a vote I think you need some therapy. We have more chance of getting a vote on our membership of europe. I am afraid the very words England or English are considered politicaly incorrect, That is why England always gets a rough deal. When you go to Scotland and Wales there is a strong sense of pride and patriotism. England has has lost its sense of identity. England has been deliberately suppressed to fit in with Euro Ideals, Will the politicians put it to the vote? I doubt it. mavrick

5:42pm Tue 15 May 12

mavrick says...

The Idea is great on paper, But if you think for one second tha England will get such a vote I think you need some therapy. We have more chance of getting a vote on our membership of europe. I am afraid the very words England or English are considered politicaly incorrect, That is why England always gets a rough deal. When you go to Scotland and Wales there is a strong sense of pride and patriotism. England has has lost its sense of identity. England has been deliberately suppressed to fit in with Euro Ideals, Will the politicians put it to the vote? I doubt it.
The Idea is great on paper, But if you think for one second tha England will get such a vote I think you need some therapy. We have more chance of getting a vote on our membership of europe. I am afraid the very words England or English are considered politicaly incorrect, That is why England always gets a rough deal. When you go to Scotland and Wales there is a strong sense of pride and patriotism. England has has lost its sense of identity. England has been deliberately suppressed to fit in with Euro Ideals, Will the politicians put it to the vote? I doubt it. mavrick

9:21pm Tue 15 May 12

Excluded again says...

English buildings cannot fly the cross of St George?

You should come to Darwen, mate. On the weekend of St George's day buildings all ove rthe town were festoooned with them. Some are still up a month later.

And Mavrick needs to miss the European Football Championships, the test matches this summer and the Six Nations Rugby. He'll see the name 'England' plastered all over the place and he'll feel a bit of a plonker for writing this post.
English buildings cannot fly the cross of St George? You should come to Darwen, mate. On the weekend of St George's day buildings all ove rthe town were festoooned with them. Some are still up a month later. And Mavrick needs to miss the European Football Championships, the test matches this summer and the Six Nations Rugby. He'll see the name 'England' plastered all over the place and he'll feel a bit of a plonker for writing this post. Excluded again

6:16pm Wed 16 May 12

mavrick says...

Excluded if you think simply flying a flag at a sporting event is enough, I think you fail to comprehend the point i am making. perhaps you could read the article and the reply. maybe you will see who is the plonker.
Excluded if you think simply flying a flag at a sporting event is enough, I think you fail to comprehend the point i am making. perhaps you could read the article and the reply. maybe you will see who is the plonker. mavrick

8:45pm Thu 17 May 12

manyarecalled says...

Scotland has an agenda of creating jobs , and they will fund this by the oil fields they have. Cameron wants to snatch these , and flog them to the Yanks.
The Scots have had enough of New Labour and the Conservatives.
haven't we all ?
A pity that we in Lancashire can't be independent , with our own gas from the Irish Sea etc.
Scotland has an agenda of creating jobs , and they will fund this by the oil fields they have. Cameron wants to snatch these , and flog them to the Yanks. The Scots have had enough of New Labour and the Conservatives. haven't we all ? A pity that we in Lancashire can't be independent , with our own gas from the Irish Sea etc. manyarecalled

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