Monthly Archives: March 2011

What has happened to “English votes for English laws”?

The obvious democratic imbalance in the post-devolution settlement is the absence of an English parliament. The Scots, Welsh and the Northern Irish have devolved assemblies which are steadily increasing their formal powers and political permanence through the development of a … Continue reading

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Black and Asian cultural separatism in the UK

The British Film Institute (BFI) funded research  produced a report in 2006 entitled “Media Culture: The Social Organisation of Media Practices in Contemporary  Britain” (    The report focused on “ the relationships between cultural tastes and knowledge as expressed … Continue reading

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Middle England Murders

The producer and co-originator  of  the long running ITV series Midsomer Murders Brian True-May has entered the pantheon of liberal  villains. His “crimes” were the capital ones of having, by implication, defined being white as part of being English whilst … Continue reading

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Don’t make complete Celts of yourselves

The extent to which the Scots, the Welsh and Northern Irish Catholics actively wish to leave the UK is debatable. Their widespread resentment of England and all things English is not. In fact, things have come to such a pretty … Continue reading

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The development of the franchise in England

Serious  disquiet  with the  Commons’ electoral  qualifications, provisions  and practices began  in  Elizabeth’s reign and reached  its highest  pitch,  prior to the 1640s, during the years 1621  to  1623. The discontent  was provoked primarily by the situation  in  the  boroughs … Continue reading

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The democratic spirit and the English civil war, Commonwealth and Protectorate

Stuart  society  was a world on the  physical,  economic  and  intellectual  move  and waiting to move faster if  the  right  engine  appeared.  The civil wars of the  1640s was  that  machine. Representative  government  is  one  thing,  democracy  quite  another. That … Continue reading

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The Levellers: the first English radicals

Radical has a special meaning in English political history. It describes those whose instincts were democratic although they did not espouse the idea of a full male adult  suffrage let alone a suffrage which included women until very late in … Continue reading

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England and the rejection of violence

Why was England so different from other countries in its political, social and economic  development?  How was it that only in England did parliamentary government evolve and the one and only bootstrapped industrial revolution arise?  Perhaps much of the  answer  lies  in the … Continue reading

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English liberty and the weakness of state power

There  were  two  great  sources  of  general  authority in  mediaeval  England.  The Church was  one,  the  other  was  the  Crown.  The mediaeval English man and woman had no great regard for either. This robust contempt for authority and the inability of either  … Continue reading

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English liberty and the Black Death

The  Peasant’s  Revolt  has to set in  the  context  of the dramatic social changes wrought by the plague. When the Black Death  came  to  England in 1349  it was  a  source  of  both immediate  misery  and  future  opportunity for  those  … Continue reading

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