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The problem with the English: England doesn't want to be just another member of a team - Nicholas Boyle - The New European
Hag-ridden by their unassimilated imperial past, by their failure of Vergangenheitsbewältigung, the English refuse to think of themselves as a nation in the same sense as Scotland or Ireland and have constructed a constitution for their United Kingdom which denies the obvious. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland all have their variously titled national assemblies, but England has none - not out of self-effacing modesty nor out of an altruistic desire to spare taxpayers the cost of supporting another stratum of politicians, but in order to claim for itself the exceptional position of anonymous master of its now diminutive empire.

... The slogan `English votes for English laws' was a first sign that resurgent Scottish self-confidence was provoking the English to emerge from narcissism into a recognition that the world - indeed, the island of Great Britain - contains people other than themselves. However, not until there is a separate English Parliament, giving expression to that separate English identity, will the delusions that led England to Brexit finally be dissipated by contact with reality. And perhaps then, with their psychosis healed, the English will apply to rejoin the EU.



Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Tue Jan 24th, 2017 at 08:25:02 PM EST

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