Mr Brown he came to town..
The Spectator(free registration required)has an article by Simon Heffer on Mr Browns call to patriotism in the name of Britain...
The English may not be very sophisticated, but they are now well aware of several key facts in their political life. First, they were not asked whether they would like their own parliament, in which English representatives dealt with solely English issues, in the way that the Scots (and, to a lesser extent, the Welsh) were. Second, they were not asked whether they minded continuing to subsidise the Scots to the tune of around £9 billion a year. Third, they are beginning to realise that the regional assemblies some of them are being offered as a means of "devolution" are fraudulent in their conception, since they will have few powers other than to act as a talking shop. Fourth, they are aware that the job opportunities available to Scots in England " such as a significant proportion of government posts and prominent positions in the media " are not available to the English who choose to go to Scotland. It is vital to Labour's continuance in power that the English are conned, by arguments such as Mr Brown's, into believing that they are still first and foremost British.
Refuge of a scoundrel etc. it doesn't wash. It is part of the great EU con that we are a community of regions, so Wales and Scotland get their recognition but England is too dangerous a concept, we have to broken down into regions. I'm glad the concept of England as a nation frightens the usual suspects, it is going to get rougher from here on in.
(Oh and one of the things I love about England is its ability to absorb, prosper and be enriched with new immigrants unlike the knuckle dragging Celtic fringes of these Islands.)