‘Can Ed Miliband give England a political voice at last?’ | M. Kettle- The Guardian

‘Can Ed Miliband give England a political voice at last?’ | M. Kettle- The Guardian

Which brings us back to identity. England has long been the missing part of the UK debate on both identity and the constitution. That can’t go on much longer. There has to be some way of giving the people who live in England a political voice of their own. But English feeling is much more complex and potentially much more progressive than the anti-devolution, anti-EU saloon-bar Farageism revealed in the IPPR’s report on English discontents this week. At the moment, the fight for English sympathies is often presented as an argument between the Conservatives and Ukip, with the Lib Dems on the margins. But there has always been a Labour England too, not just in the cities and the north but in the country. One of the most pressing reasons why Miliband needs to win his battle about Labour’s future is to win a hearing in that English debate. Everything connects.

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