As I was asked the question in Kings Heath I suggested that Birmingham had as much right as London to be the place where an English Parliament would be located. So much of our national life seems to take place in London, that it reduces the rest of England to an afterthought. This is a great shame as most of the real gems of England are outside of the capital. However when pressed on the matter I said that I favoured Lichfield. I had given this some thought beforehand and felt that I wanted somewhere which really captured the provincial spirit of the true England. Where better from that perspective than Lichfield.
Lichfield cathedral is a gothic masterpiece, but is somewhat sullied by decades of industrial pollution. If ever there was a better reflection of the journey this country has been through for 11 centuries, I would be hard pushed to tell. The city has a rich tradition going back to the founding fathers of England – the Anglo-Saxons, in particular to one of the heptarchies – MERCIA.
To reconnect the people of England with their glorious past will be important in building a future English state. The people of England have been forced to bury their identity in the last century for the sake of British unity. Now that our relationship with the Scots has reached an all-time low, why should we bother.
We all need to remember what a long, proud history England has, as this I hope can spur us on to emulate that in our future. I believe in a independent English nation with its own parliament and government, both of which must lie outside London.