Saturday 13 April 2024

Secretary of State for England

An announcement from the new Secretary of State for England:
This is not real. It's a work of fiction based on a blog post from Jim Murphy upon his appointment as Secretary of State for Scotland. 

It's almost impossible to imagine a politician talking about England in the terms Murphy does about Scotland, but it shouldn't be. 

England also deserves to be imagined and talked of as a political community with direction and a future. 

In the absence of a First Minister for England, and with UK Prime Ministers reluctant to mention England in a political context, a Secretary of State for England is one way in which England's political priorities and sense of nationhood could be articulated.

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