It didn't take long for the Kernow Defence League to reveal their true colours. Renamed to - EDL - English Defence League - Cornwall Division (Kernow) - where their loyalties lie should now be in no doubt.
Doubly despicable for their low-brow populist xenophobia as much for stamping an English fascist logo on the Cornish flag - they really don't seem out to make friends in the Duchy.
English nationalism is indeed a source of constant despair. When will we see a progressive left-of-centre nationalist party campaigning alongside the UK's EFA members? Why not an English Socialist Party to work with the Scottish equivalent? To compound the situation the only left-wing blog for English self-determination -England Left Forward- has been closed by its author.
The previous post on this blog looked at English regionalism so before anybody points out the inconsistencies of blogging about English regionalists and then following it with a call for a progressive English nationalist party, I support the people of England's right to self-determination. If they want a single parliament then they should have it. On the other hand if they decide that regional parliaments would better suit them then so be it. What's sure is that the current unfinished devolution of power is unsatisfactory for all concerned.
Leaving aside the hard right English Democrats and their sometimes allies, the neo-nazi England First Party, what other parties exits? The English Radicals, One England and The English Peoples Party, more or less, all make the -Not left. Not right. Just English- claim. However they all seem to have a nervous dislike of immigration, a rampant euroscepticism and a need to talk tough on issues of law and order. If it walks like a Tory and talks like a Tory... To their credit the English Radicals have called for a distributist economy -"According to distributism, the ownership of the means of production should be spread as widely as possible among the general populace, rather than being centralized under the control of the state (state socialism) or a few large businesses or wealthy private individuals (plutarchic capitalism)"- but then again so have the BNP. They also have a decentralist approach to English government and don't, on the face of it, seem hostile to the Cornish national identity.
Political parties aside there is also the Campaign for an English Parliament (CEP). Sadly it appears to be flooded with the most virulent anti-Cornish members of the EDP. There are also a large number of English nationalist blogs a few of the best being Toque, A National Conversation for England, Rise Like Lions and Britology Watch. If anybody knows of any others of note do let me know.
Of course if UKIP were to become a eurosceptic UK federalist party as suggested in -A Federal Union – a new approach to devolution?- then it would pull the carpet from under the feet of the various English nationalist parties whose members would be quite happy with a parliament for England within a larger federal GB. Still not much chance of that considering the difficulty most UKIP members have in digesting devolution.
Exceptions aside there simply isn't much more to say about the current state of political English nationalism other than it's: not progressive, not Cornwall friendly, not even very English just right-wing.