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Saturday, 24 June 2017



The current level of Barnet Formula style annual block grant from the English taxpayer to Northern Ireland is standing at £10.4 billion per year.  That is somewhat more than the total net subscription/subsidy to the European Union that so much of the argument during the European Referendum campaign was about! 

That adds up to a subsidy to every man, woman and child in Northern Ireland of £5,437 more public money than they will averagely have paid in taxes being paid to the population of Northern Ireland which is as per the 2011 Census, £1,810,863 (£1.8m).   This means that, as set out in the House of Commons Briefing Paper number 04033, published on the 8th March 2015, whereas the average Government spend per head in England was £8,638 in Northern Ireland it was £11,106. 

Dominic Lawson, the son of Mrs Thatcher’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigel Lawson, and who is a former Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, wrote in the Sunday Times on June 18th (see below) that “there are no more successful shakers of the magic money tree than Northern Ireland’s politicians”.  The question is how successful will the DUP be in shaking the English magic money tree? (or as I would rather put it picking English pockets!).

I seen reported rumours of an extra 1.4 Billion or an extra £2.5 billion and have even heard a rumour, which like all such rumours of course is un-attributable and unverifiable, that the demand may even be an extra billion for every one of the ten DUP votes in the House of Commons.  If the latter is true, that would of course then lead to a doubling of the figures which I gave above, with over £10,000 of English Taxpayers’ money being spent on average for every man, woman and child in Northern Ireland!

In the past we in the English nationalist Cause have tended to compare our country’s treatment with that of Scotland.  This is partly because of the success of the SNP in highlighting the independence issue for Scotland and thereby successfully blackmailing the British Political Establishment to try to buy Scottish votes for the Union.  This latest development will of course not be generally about buying Northern Irish votes for the Union, but specifically buying the votes of the 10 DUP MPs in the House of Commons.

It will be interesting to see whether English People do begin to realise that they are being taken for fools with perhaps by as much as £20 billion of cuts on English hospitals, schools, roads, students etc., because of the fact that that money has been spent in Northern Ireland.

As mentioned above Dominic Lawson wrote in an article on June 18 2017, 12:01am, in The Sunday Times
“We are all being DUPed into a merry splurge”
In the article he writes:- “The DUP is socially conservative — reflecting the communities it represents — but in other respects it is to the left of the party May leads. Or, perhaps more accurately, it is populist. Its manifesto opposed the Conservative policy of removing the pensions triple lock and introducing means-testing for the winter fuel allowance. At the same time it advocated that the province be exempted from the BBC licence fee and air passenger duty. Its determination on this last point is apparently what’s holding up the deal: the chancellor, Philip Hammond, is understandably reluctant.

You get the picture. There are no more successful shakers of the magic money tree than Northern Ireland’s politicians. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics last month showed that while Scotland consumed £2,824 more in public expenditure per capita than it raised in taxes — a source of irritation to the English — the average inhabitant of Northern Ireland consumed £5,437 more public money than they paid in taxes. There has been a payment from London to Ulster of about £10bn in each of the past three years, slightly more than the UK as a whole has been paying — net — to the EU.

Obviously, the latter is to foreign countries, while the colossal transfers across the Irish Sea are to poorer fellow countrymen and women, with all the demands of solidarity that status entails. But it is quite a racket. To give just one example: if a legal chambers in London gets a call from Northern Ireland, the clerk will take it with a song in his heart. While legal aid in England has suffered drastic changes in allowable charges, in Ulster legal aid is, as one practitioner put it to me cheerfully, “still the same old gravy train”.

In England legal aid was one of the non-ring-fenced areas of spending that most felt the effects of what David Cameron and George Osborne offered as the solution to a national credit card maxed out by Gordon Brown: “austerity”, they called it, and the word stuck.”


  1. Well it's more of the same as far as economically dysfunctional N. Ireland is concerned, but if handing out more English money to them helps to secure a real Brexit then it's money well spent.

  2. Now we have it confirmed that there will be an extra £1000,000,000 capital spent; that is £100 million for every DUP MP's vote! For Northern Irish voters that represents a fantastic return on the effort of turning out to vote!!

  3. It's also an extra £1,000,000,000 to be slashed from public services in England. Already the Welsh are bleating about "fair funding". They're right about one thing, though; it's a "straight bung".

  4. Good to see Robin pointing out that which should be obvious but which is generally missed by people of all political colours, namely, that it is not only Scotland which benefits hugely from the Barnett Formula but Wales and N Ireland as well, in fact, both do better per capita than Scotland.

    This daylight robbery will continue until England has a Parliament of her own.

    As for the propriety of bribing the DUP, it is morally wrong but also unnecessary because the DUP were never going to vote against or abstain on votes of confidence or most of Brexit measures or major money Bills. Read more at

  5. Was this bung actually necessary? The last thing the DUP would want is Corbyn as PM. So they would never have voted the government down, anyway. Once again Theresa May has demonstrated that she is the antithesis of "strong and stable".

  6. [off-topic so delete if desired but request: reflect on this]

    Grenfell Tower fire: a few nights ago on BBC TV (10pm News? Newsnight?) a female Asian solicitor (not iirc Sophie Khan) was interviewed and basically said Moore-Bick was unsuitable as head of the proposed inquiry on the grounds his background would mean he'd be out of touch with 'the community'; she went on to mention one or two Asian judges including a Sikh who she averred would be better qualified to be sympathetic to the needs of those affected, etc etc.

    What this woman was asserting therefore was that someone of HER ethnic background instead would better represent the interests of those affected (mainly, it seems Asians and other aliens) by the fire.

    Isn't this a complete game-changer? The very fact she said this on TV, without reservation, indicates an ethnic bias that is starting to grow out of control. Such injudiciousness in a judge would be unthinkable, in a solicitor it should be unacceptable.

    Moore-Bick seems still securely in position, but here's guessing this is not the last that will be heard on the subject.

    1. For various reasons, I have been unable to contribute to this blog for many weeks. The chief reason, as I have previously stated, is that my local library, where I use the internet for reasons of internet security and free access, has barred this blog along with all other blogs deemed political.

      The comment about Grenfell House is correct. I think there may have been one or two native English in the block and this is presumably the case for most of London's social housing.I was shocked to see the surviving residents storming the Kensington and Chelsea council headquarters, pushing their way up the stairs in something remisicent of the third world. Apparently, one of the firefighters who arrived at the scene of the fire remarked that it was like something from the third world. Fortunately, nobody has insisted on asking him what he meant by his remark.

      We natives of England still cling to the vain hope that our country will one day be restored to us, especially our capital city.
      Apparently, the French working in the City have elected their own depute to the National Assembly. So is London now a French dependent territory?

      I was interested, therefore, to read a letter from my local Tory mp, Rory Stewart, who apparently is destined for something big in the Foreign Office - he couldn't be more of a disaster as foreign secretary than Boris - but has done nothing to give us back a bus service to the nearest big town or give us back a council-run old folks' home.
      Rory the Tory as he is known wrote as follows: "Britain is an unbelievably complex society - and there are no easy answers to the challenges of our finances or to our changing population." As regards the latter, we had until 1948 a homogeneous population with the only places where there was lingering friction between Catholic and Protestant even being Liverpool and Manchester. The population then was 99.9 per cent white and immigration between then and 1066 had numbered no more than 200,000 mostly of our fellow Europeans or Jews from Russia and the Continent. If it is unebelievably complex then this is the making of our politicians since then without the native English being either consulted or condoning their actions.

      As regards the devolved nations, I am losing hope that we will ever have an English parliament. It will be England split into regions or nothing as the disintegration of hithero homogeneous white nations - including Canada and the United States is pushed forward. They have a term for our resistance and it is nativism and they call us white nationalists which they then link to the Klu Klux Klan. Would somebody please call out the Chinese President and the prime ministers of Japan and India for their yellow and brown nationalism and see the response they get.

      As regards Brexit, the oily Vince Cable has sneeringly said that he does not think that it will now ever happen. This is the same Mr Cable whose half Sikh son has been out in India fighting the caste system. He has obviously not made much progress as evidenced by the item on Joanna Lumley's India about it last night. And since the caste system is based on skin colour, the paler being a higher caste than the darker, then how can Asians here accuse us of racism against them?

      In the previous week, Joanna spoke to a gentleman in Calcutta about the Indian view of the British. He said that they brought sewers and the pavements to Calcutta - the only Indian city to have them - and they brought order whereas Indian has now descended into total chaos again. Sadly, this is what Europeans do and something the natives of the global south do not. This begs the question as to how England and Europe as a whole will look in 100 hundred years' time when the global south is in the majority. Doubtless, politicians like Mr Stewart will be running round even faster like headless chickens agonising about the challenges that England's changing society is presenting them with.

  7. I read on the BBC "red button" news that English student debt typically exceeds £50000 on graduation. No such problem in Scotland and significantly less in Wales and Northern Ireland where we subsidise their education in full or in part. Also, a total in excess of £13 million was collected last year in fines from English patients, falsely claiming exemption from prescription charges. Not excusable but again, no such problem in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland because we pay for their prescriptions as well as our own.