As we were forced to consider Labour’s “One Nation” policy again today, we couldn’t help thinking back to something that happened in London just a week ago.
To be honest, it feels to us like this genie is much too far out of the bottle to ever get back in. In 1966, England fans innocently waved Union Jacks at the World Cup final to represent their nation. Last week (and for the last 20+ years), there was no mistaking the English national identity, which started late but caught up with a vengeance on that of the other peoples of the British Isles, and then kept right on going.
The constituent parts of the United Kingdom are drifting ever further apart, and we don’t seem to be alone in thinking that it would take someone a lot stronger than Ed Miliband to turn that process around now.