Sunday, 30 March 2008

The north will rise again?

HOIST THE RED & GOLD BANNER OF NORTHUMBRIA -
This week I was reminded of that old lumbering post-punk classic 'The N.W.R.A' by The Fall ('The North will rise again') when it was bought to my attention of the alleged existence of a new secessionist movement in the north of this seat of Mars.

There have long been joke, spoof or phantom political organisations (I mean, look at the Socialist Workers Party) and I believe the Northumberland Independence Party/Northumberland Independence Army to be such a formation. If they gain ground expect frosty relations with Holyrood - Northumbria, populated by the Angles, extended far into present day Scottish territory. Edinburgh (the name means 'Edwin's Burgh' - 'Burgh' being the old Anglo-Saxon word for a fortified town) was founded by the English. Still, the NIP/NIA don't seem as ambitious as certain internet jacobites that want the English/Scottish border set at Derby.

English nationalists take a dim view these regionalist tendencies, but this week, true to form, leading English nationalists have been more interested in having a good row among themselves. As is common knowledge, the English Democrats have recently lost a few members who, frustrated at their party's support for a federal UK, formed their own Free England Party which vows to fight for a fully independent English sovereign state. FEP leader Andrew Constantine (himself a former prominent Eng Dem) is standing against the English Democrats in one of the London GLA constituencies on May 1st. This has caused some classic forum based spats this week. The Eng Dems are aghast...look, come on this sort of thing has happened for donkey's years and will always be a feature in electoral politics. Look at the far-left at election time - they love standing against each other. The NF will always stand against the BNP if they get the chance. The Eng Dems should not get annoyed with FEP's first electoral outing. Robin Tilbrook's party are standing in every GLA constituency, for mayor and have a top-up list. This in itself is a victory for them. I wish them and the FEP well on May 1st. Let's hope the English vote is more than the English Democrats received in the council ward of Vassal, Hackney, last week - 8 votes. I think it will.

FROM OUR FOREIGN DESK
The big questions regarding the US Presidential elections must surely be why is Ralph Nader going it alone as an independent and not as the Green's official candidate. Stateside Greens - do yourselves a favour and get that man on board. Recognition factor, people - think about it!! Also, c'mon Libertarian delegates - adopt Mr Ron Paul as your man - they'll be weighing Libertarian votes I tell you.

WHEEL OF THE YEAR
Some Easter traditions don't stretch back into folk memory and antiquity. In 1963, a chat in a pub in Radley, Berkshire, developed into a Good Friday tradition. This year 45 locals turned out in the annual Good Friday walk from the Bowyer's Arms, Radley to Carfax, Oxford and back - about an 10 mile round trip. This year's winners were Philip Jeacock and Chris Dales, who completed it in two hours and eight minutes. Well done gents and well done to the good people of Radley for actively strengthening and enriching the English folk year and not sitting in watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

REVISIONIST CORNER
I took the unfortunate decision to go and see 10,000 BC this week - what utter liberal tripe. I'm sat there thinking "Right, Eurasian landmass, 12,000 years ago. I've never seen so many mixed-race Palaeolithic kids!" This film is a multiculturalist's wet dream, don't bother.