Ladies and Gentlemen, fellow English Democrats and guests.
As you may know I am a solicitor. I wonder if you have heard the joke about how they bury dead solicitors? No – well it is said that solicitors are buried not 6 feet down but a full 12 feet down – because deep down we are quite nice!
I hope that I won’t have to put you to that trouble just yet! The English Democrats are vibrant and getting on with our mission to use the political process to campaign for England, Englishness and the people of England.
In England there is no English National press, all the so called “Nationals” are British Nationalist and they don’t want to report English National issues in case it rocks the British boat.
Well ladies and gentlemen we are here to rock that boat, we want reform but we only want what has already been given to the other nations of the United Kingdom, that is our own Parliament to deal with our own domestic matters. Also we want an end to unfair extra subsidies to Scotland and Wales paid for by us. We are continuing with our campaign and we are now having success in bringing that message to the people of England. We will later be showing a BBC film that our Vice Chairman, Christine Constable, appeared in and also I appeared on Newsnight, which will also be showing. We have had increasing success in getting press coverage also. Here are some examples. We have also secured a convert to our Party who has left the Conservatives to join us. Councillor, Paul Rogan in Caulderdale! We have also stood during the last year in local elections and in a parliamentary by-election. In the local elections we have done very well for a new party. We had Paul Adams, a town councillor, elected last Autumn and in Doncaster we came second with 21% based on a single leaflet. Paul Adams experience shows that if we did more leafleting we can be sure that it would convert to even greater electoral success.
It is, of course, all a huge effort and no-one should under estimate the large scale of the task facing us. We owe a great debt of gratitude not only to those who have stood for us, without whom none of this would have been possible, but also it would not have been possible without a great deal of hard work and generous donations by many people, some of whom are here today. They know who they are and on behalf of you all I thank you.
I do think that we owe a special debt to our candidates. We need more of them for the future. I can tell you that David Jordan who is the head of BBC political programming has assured Christine Constable and I that if we get anyone elected even to local government then the BBC will give us significantly more coverage.
Let us therefore give thanks to those of our Election candidates who are here today. Please give a round of applause to each one of those who are here today as I ask them to come up to receive the certificate of thanks from our party!
Without all your efforts we would not make the huge progress that we have!
We all know that we can’t expect any favours from Labour or the Lib Dems but some people think that the Conservatives may become pro-English. This is a fantasy.
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He is a self-made man, and he worships his creator. (Disraeli on John Bright).
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Conducting a Case
If the facts are on your side, hammer on the facts… if the law is on your side, hammer on the law… if neither is on your side, hammer on the table…
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Returning to all that we have done over the last year, I should of course mention our joint enterprise with the Campaign for an English Parliament – the meetings in the House of Commons of the English Constitutional Convention. We are pushing forward with this and getting Patrons involved so we can to reproduce the success of the Scottish Constitutional Convention. The Patrons who have signed up so far are :-
Mr Hugo De Burgh, Lord Hylton Robert Kilroy Silk, The Earl of Mar & Kellie, Professor Simon Lee, Professor Jeremy Dibble, Bishop Michael Reid, Mr Iain Dale, Mr N Addison, Lord Beaumont of Whitley, Lord Stoddart of Swindon, Roy Faiers Esq, John Horam MP, Jervis Kay QC, Mr Garry Bushell, Professor Roger Scruton, Dr Vernon Coleman and Mr Peter Facey
Please let Christine or me know if you know of someone else suitable and have their address. Best of all we have Canon Dr Kenyon Wright, a convert to our cause!
The lesson is therefore taken from the Gospel according to St Luke, Chapter 15 beginning to read out the 7th verse, “Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance”. Here endeth the lesson!
Our cause is building the connections which need to be made for it to succeed. Professor Aughey 1996 First Flying of St George Cross.
But ladies and gentlemen I believe that all this effort which we are making and all the elections in which we are standing and all the leaflets which we are distributing – all this is having an impact – a truly tremendous impact just look at this:-
Explain our result for EDP
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We are now being taken seriously by the National and local media. The National media still don’t like us but we do have coverage from Regional and local media so all of you who work away at writing letters to the press; keep doing so especially to your local and regional press and radio and television stations; Keep mentioning the English Democrats. We need everyone in the country to know of us and what we stand for. Until that happens we cannot finish the first stage of our Party’s development which is making contact with all English patriots everywhere.
Next year we have local elections – eplain.
We have Monmouthshire and we have 1st May demo.
We have started to worry all those who hate the English Nation and I promise that while there is breathe in my body and, I believe, breath in the bodies of all of us here, that we will continue to worry them as we press forward with our campaign. Last year I quoted Field Marshall Haig’s Order of the day of“Every position must be held to the last man: there must be no retirement. With our backs to the wall and believing in the justice of our cause each one of us must fight on to the end”.
But this year given the progress we are making on the publicity front, I would like to quote first from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar when Brutus says to Cassius
“Our legions are brim-full, our cause is ripe;
The enemy increaseth every day;
We, at the height, are ready to decline,
There is a tide in the affairs of men
which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
omitted all the voyage of their life
is bound in shallows and in miseries
on such a full sea are we now afloat;
and we must take the current when it serves
or lose our ventures.”
Brutus is not only describing his situation but also the situation of the enemies of England and of Englishness. I would like to think we are like Horatius on the bridge in The Lays of Ancient Rome from Thomas Babington McCaulay who was born near here in Leicestershire.
The situation was the army of Lars Porcena of Clusium is approaching and the bridge over the Tiber must be chopped own or Rome is doomed:-
“Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the gate:
“To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his father
And the temples of his Gods?”
Horatius fought against apparently overwhelming odds and he won and, I firmly believe, so can we – and let’s do all we can to do so!
Let us also take courage from Robin Hood and his merry men who also succeeded against all the efforts of the establishment.