There appears to be a split in the English Democrat Party.
The split seems to be on two grounds:
A) Some people are uncertain whether the EDP is for Independence for England or for Devolution / Federalism to include England within the UK
B)Others seem to find the EDP as just anti-Scottish rather than pro English.
As disappointing as learning about this split is, it reminds me of the pangs of both the SNP and Plaid Cymru in the 60's. Something that the EDP might learn and reflect on.
If one goes back in history the SNP use to follow Plaid Cymru.
Since 1979 that changed. The SNP took the lead.
The reason is clear, since 1979 Plaid has dallied with different forms of devolution, federalism etc, for fear of losing its 70’s gains. Plaid has avoided the I (shhh - for independence) word. Plaid has been in the doldrums. The SNP has come to the ascendancy by sticking to plain and simple Independence.
The SNP is the government in Scotland, whilst Plaid props up Labour with dreams of what might happen in 2051.
Whatever the academic support for Plaid’s evolution of devolution or the intellectual ideas behind federalism, both are woolly ideas that aren’t made for popular support. People know what independence is. It is a clear cut idea that one is either for or against.
If the EDP wants electoral success it should follow the SNP’s clear cut independence line, rather than Plaid’s maybe, sort of, independence line.
As for the EDP being anti-Scottish (or Welsh)I can only ask, why not?
Welsh, Scottish, Cornish and English nationalists do have things in common, where we can work in common we should do so.
But if you are an English person who thinks that you have been let down, ripped off or otherwise disappointed by your Celtic neighbours, shout out loud about the iniquity. Nobody else will shout out for you, and lying back an thinking of England wont stop us Celts from shouting at you.
Stand up proud for independence for England!