27. English Identity and Issues

The UK population in 2017 was estimated by the Office for National Statistics at 66m. England makes up the vast majority of the population at 55.6m (84.2%), with Scotland at 5.4m (8.2%), Wales at 3.1m (4.7%), and Northern Ireland at 1.8m (2.8%). Although England is the largest constituent part of the UK, with the largest population, English identity has been all but airbrushed out of our national life.

  • In a recent lecture for the BBC former Labour MP Professor John Denham referred to a survey on British and English identity and to the emergence of a minority who are antipathetic to the English. This segment amounted to only 7% of the sample, but this anti-English minority is over represented in the institutions of government, politics, the leadership of the public sector, the media, corporate capitalism and academia. Exactly the kind of people prominent in the Remain campaign.
  • The English taxpayer meanwhile subsidises the other constituent parts of the United Kingdom, with a higher per head tax spend in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland than in England.
  • While the Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish are rightly proud of their national identities the English are deemed not to exist. UKIP asserts that English identity is something to be proud of, and anyone who wishes to embrace that identity should do so, whatever their ethnic origins may be. English identity resides in the heart and mind not on the skin.
  • To redress this democratic imbalance UKIP would reform the Westminster Parliament to adopt a system whereby only MPs representing English constituencies would vote on laws exclusively affecting England.
  • The funding of the other constituent parts of the United Kingdom needs to be reviewed so that it is fair for all taxpayers, particularly with regard to the Barnett Formula for Scotland.