Confirming the trend yet one more group issued from the 'British' hard-right now supports the creation of an English Parliament. UKIP join the BNP and other more overt English nationalists, the English Democrats and England First, in calling for an English Parliament.
The aggressive English supremacist tendencies of UKIP, and certainly its grass-roots supporters, will come as no surprise to any Cornish activist unwise enough to have raised the Cornish question with them. With their support for an English parliment and hostility towards any kind of Cornish devolution or recognition it seems UKIP are now to become the majority face of a more overt English nationalism in Kernow.
But why this recent conversion and need to play to English nationalist sentiments?
Whilst England culturally, politically and economically dominated these isles sentiments of English patriotism found a happy home in British unionism. No one could be heard calling for an English parliament in years past as Parliament, and its surrounding civil service, were already 99% English. Couple this with the mass of English establishment bodies, Church of England, English Heritage, Bank of England etc, and you had more than enough to satisfy your average swivel eyed Anglo-supremacist.
Then came devolution giving limited power back to a limited selection of natives upsetting forever the image of Britain ruling the waves and England ruling Britain. Never before had we heard of people calling for an English parliament or describing themselves as English nationalists. Evidently the national self-determination of England didn't figure on anybodies radar until the last pieces of empire, the Celtic nations, started to slip through their fingers. This left an irritating question to answer and some Anglo-Brits with a feeling similar to that of the school bully knocked on his arse for the first time. Simple UK unionism would never really recover.
The mask of British unionism is slipping from the face of what has always been imperialistic English nationalism, UKIP confirming the trend. UKIP wish yet another centralised state with its parliment in London. What wonders that would do for Cornwall.