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Ed Harris (Venezia)
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Date Posted: 12:26:21 11/02/04 Tue
In reply to: Ben.M(UK) 's message, "France" on 22:21:01 11/01/04 Mon
It's not a centralised UK per se that I want; but I am appalled by the concept of a regionalised England. England has been a united political, cultural and economic unit for longer than any other nation on Earth except for Japan and a few of the smaller island nations. 1300 years ago the seven kingdoms were united into England, and both the EU (in the form of John Prescott's NE Assembly proposal) and the FC will find it very hard to override the psychological imperative amongst the English for England to be England.
Wales was joined to England by conquest; Scotland and Ireland for political convenience which became a habit; Australia and Canada have been run federally since they were created by Acts of Parliament; and so it is not quite such a large step for any of these 'regions within the british world' to continue to be run as regions (in the case of Autralia and Canada) or become more autonomous 'regions within the british world' (in the case of Scotland and Wales). But England is a different matter. Any attempt to tear up such an ancient country for reasons of numerical fairness in voting (i.e. so that England's bloc of votes couldn't outvote the rest of the FC put together) will encounter serious resistance. Even I feel that it would be a backwards step of 1300 years, and feel the psychological wrench when I think of England ceasing to be... and I'm a smelly colonial!
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Paddy (Smelly Blue-bottomed Scotsman)
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Date Posted: 20:25:18 11/02/04 Tue
I agree that England should not be obliged to break up.
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