In recent months I have been aware of many more English people suggesting they should have their own parliament or even English independence, yet there is little in the blogosphere supporting this and even less in the MSM.
The Campaign for an English Parliament is the most prominent but they are certainly not high profile in their efforts. Of course their aim is to have an English Parliament within the UK and with the same powers as the Scottish Parliament. More of a half-way house rather than a place of power, because as Scotland knows to its cost, without having complete control over fiscal matters, power is very limited and thus decision making is restricted.
The English Independence Party is low key and along with the English Democrats a slightly higher profile organisation, are the only sites which recognise England is being left behind.
I am proud to support the cause of independence for Scotland because I consider Scotland would be quite able to look after her own affairs without the help of any other country. At least one third of the voting population of Scotland feels the same and votes accordingly. We have the SNP, which supports independence, while the unionist parties refuse to even permit the people to have a referendum on the issue.
Although there appears to be a surge of English folk who wish their own parliament, few seem to want to be independent from the rest of the UK. Why is this? Is it because they are by far the largest country in the UK and therefore the others don't matter because they like the feeling of being the 'big boy' of the group and reiterating the myth that the English financially support Scotland?
The West Lothian Question been discussed for years with none of the three main political parties putting forward a solution. Only this past week David Cameron said, should he be elected, he would let Scots MPs keep the vote on English legislation. Surely the English don't consider it democratic to concede to representatives of other countries voting on policies which will only affect them.
The Union is dying. Its use is no longer suited to today's world. The UK has been brought to its knees by 13 years of Labour rule. Wales and Northern Ireland are to ask their electorates if they wish further powers. Now would be the ideal time for England to think about taking control of their own country and rebuilding it to suit their own needs.
Englishness is being called 'the forbidden identity'. No other western country has such trouble admitting they have pride in their national identity yet the word 'nationalism' has attracted negativity throughout my lifetime. Westminster politicians have been effective in their message that nationalism of any kind is sinister, divisive and introverted. Daily the Scots can read, in their unionist press, that the SNP are for divorcing or destroying the UK.
Will England take the opportunity to speak up for itself before it's too late? Who knows? As a Scot I would like to think they would stop thinking they are part of an empire which has long gone and begin to think they are a part of a small island which has cultural and political differences which will not be resolved unless addressed.