Thursday, 30 May 2013

Laying siege to London

Eric Pickles is rapidly becoming one of my favourite politicians (well I don't have many). Fresh from promoting England's traditional (i.e. real) counties, Mr. P (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) gave the nod for the Wyvern flag of Wessex to be flown outside his department's offices in London. Who would have thought that a regional flag of England would gain approval from central government? There are some that say the Wessex Wyvern is essentially the White Dragon emblem of Anglo-Saxon England, and there may be some truth in that assertion. But these days he is predominately associated with Wessex. Other traditional regions of England - Northumbria, Mercia, and East Anglia - have their own flags in any case.

Clearly there's some sort of nascent acknowledgement from the powers that be going on here. Since Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh devolution there has been rumblings of English nationalism and there always has been county/shire pride. Now it's fair to say we are witnessing stirrings of regionalism, so if the neo-liberals and centralists in London want to throw a crumb to the pitchfork wielding hoards, that's fine by me. Have we found a chink in the armour? Onward with the regionalist revolution. Let's see the St. Alban's Cross of Mercia and the rest get the respect they deserve too. Let's see them today as the rallying standards toward political, economic and cultural devolution.

Since we're on the subject of regionalism. I note that the Mercian Party has again re-registered with the Electoral Commission. Now I'd love to see a website...

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Secession - you know it makes sense

Good ideas are a mainstay of this new initiative: All Nations Party

It's similar to the equally refreshing New Resistance manifesto (see links)

Must try harder

Okay, I'm a bit slow off the mark with this, and maybe I shouldn't comment on something so trivial. But I just can't let a post on the News Biscuit satirical news site go without comment. So Eastleigh apparently "isn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, in Wessex at all." Hmm-if that's the case then why is it a few miles down the road from Wessex's long time capital Winchester? So where is Eastleigh if not Wessex? Certainly not in the Kingdom of the South Saxons (Sussex) - it's firmly in Hampshire.

Poor old Wessex. When people are not denying it's existence completely, they're lopping chunks out of it left, right and centre. One thing's for sure though: Wessex as a cultural entity is decidedly on the up. It's name is cropping up more and more in all spheres.

Whilst I'm having a moan this  news got up my nose. So 'whites' should have more babies. Why do we need to play the numbers game? Smaller nations have more of a sense of themselves don't they? There's not many nationalists on the ground in any case, so will a breeding programme make any difference? Besides, where are all these babies going to live when they grow up? Do you love your country so much that you want to see it covered in concrete? The UK has changed - there is no going back. Preserve your nation, but forget about being top dog. Constitutional nationalism has had it's day. Maybe it is time to adopt radical National Anarchist strategies...It's better than banging your head against that brick wall.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Cast adrift the Great Wen

News that that the 'King of the World' himself, Boris Johnson, is seeking tax raising and other powers for London (you know - the Great Wen  - that cist that gobbled up bits of Middlesex, Kent and Essex)  keeps English devolution on the political agenda. The Northern England devolution referendums were lost (good!) because they were set on the government's terms, did not take into account genuine regional identities, and ultimately would only have became just another layer of government. Cities (we're stuck with 'em) have largely forged their own identities and economies. So it is logical they should seek home rule. Like regional assemblies, city folk have, in the main, rejected elected mayors because they have no real power. Give local communities that power and they will snap 'em up!

Some nationalists ( I call them 'state-nationalists') reject regionalism because they see regionalists as doing the globalisers' dirty work for them - eroding national identity. I don't follow the logic. Genuine regionalists do not kow-tow to state agendas; they desire real political and economic power to be devolved to the regional level. Many regionalists (and certainly all National Anarchists) seek to take political power away from both the state and multi-state agencies to local communities. Real regionalists have no quarral with radical nationalists. They recognise nations as organic entities - historic peoples bound together through history, culture and other common ties - but they also realise that their common futures depend on 'smaller' cultural, political and economic units - within a wider national unity.The more power and identity is devolved, the harder it is for the neo-liberals and globalisers to get their way.

National Anarchists should recognise that millions of people today live in cities and that they will therefore identify with them. Many in modern cities have developed city farms and urban agricultural modes of self-sufficiency. Good! Local identities - old and new - should be championed by National Anarchists. But to those who really adhere to the National Anarchist vision (and there are not that many) Berrocscir's Banner says: esacape to the country!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A merry day!

May Day greetings to all radical nationalists and anti-globalists. As Mother Nature steps up a gear, it's worth remembering that today is a remarkable day  - it stretches back through humanity's folk memories and intertwines through our histories and cultures.  So greetings and all good wishes to all peoples and tribes of the world. May Day is our day. We mark and celebrate it differently and all through our glorious diversity.

It's interesting and comforting to know that May Day throughout the world has resisted corporate commodification. It remains a spontaneous and joyous celebration of all the folk of the planet and the multinationals and globalisers are unable to capture May Day and sell it back to us. Long may that remain so!

May Day is of and for all of us. It manifests itself and evolves organically through folklores and we express it depending on our own particular historic ritual.


Revolution from above?

Nice one Eric. Fresh from relaxing the flag flying laws, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles wants to rejuvenate our historic shires. I certainly approve of the language he uses, but it seems a bit rich considering it was the Tories who meddled with them in the first place. But I welcome the sentiment. I know National Anarchists shouldn't look to politicians to take the lead with cultural revival, but we can't be dogmatic - every little helps. Maybe this will start a spiral of devolution from the cultural sphere to the economic and political. Then from the authentic shires to the Hundreds and parishes. One can hope, eh?

Over the last few years I've noticed an irritating trend in adolescent graffiti i.e. marking their territory with postcodes. Well those codes have only been around for fifty years - our shires, villages and towns for a thousand plus. Surely a better foundation for expressions of loyalty?