But if Scotland leaves – and Northern Ireland is given some kind of halfway status to prevent a border being re-erected with the Republic – then what’s left cannot be called “rUK” – the rump or remainder UK. It will be England-Plus.
It will be “England and Wales” just as it is now.
This new country will still be a major global economy, a nuclear power (albeit in need of a new port for its nuclear-armed submarines), a permanent member of the UN Security Council and home to the head of the Commonwealth. And it will need an ideology.
He really does miss quite how fascist he sounds there, doesn’t he? A nation must have an ideology…..
But here is where the problem begins. Just as it’s hard to deglobalise a national economy, breaking up an imperialist ideology into its constituent parts is going to be very tricky. The British imperial ideology, and its post-imperial successor after 1945 was the creation of a national bourgeoisie.
Cod Marxist fascism even.
So what can we do? Some figures on the left have argued for an English parliament. I dismissed this proposal two years ago, but Brexit has convinced me the federal argument is strong.
That raises the question: what form should English federal institutions take? Given the opportunity to redesign the English political institutions along federal lines, we should push not for an English assembly, but for powerful regional states, along the lines of the German länder. The result might look a lot like the map of the British isles around 830 AD, once Wessex was a unified kingdom – with the equivalents of Mercia, Northumbria and Wales each having a devolved assembly.
At which point he advocates exactly what the EU has been trying, to kill off the nation state and devolved everything down to the regions. The EU wanting this so as to be able to cow them of course.
My major argument against this is that there just isn’t the talent out there. When we look at the morons who make up the lower ranks of Parliament itself we can see that we’re not going to end up with lots of bright people in all those regional assemblies, are we?