‘England needs a constitutional convention – now’ | D. Rickard- openDemocracy

‘England needs a constitutional convention – now’ | D. Rickard- openDemocracy

But why an English Constitutional Convention rather than a UK or British one? For us, it is a matter of ownership and priorities. Our main aim is not to ‘save the Union’, in however modified a form, but to save England as a civic nation and popular democracy: as “a discrete nation and source of political identity and citizenship in its own right”, as we put it. A UK Constitutional Convention will not necessarily deliver this because it will have Westminster’s imprint all over it, and its primary objective will be to salvage the UK/Britain as some form of unitary nation state: something which in reality can be achieved only by suppressing England as a discrete nation.

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