Prime Minister David Cameron has made it known that he is “very sad” at the result of the vote, that people had to “respect individual institutions and how they work”, but also added “it is very clear that the time is right for women bishops, and the CoE needs to get with the programme”. Labour’s Ben Bradshaw asked the PM in the commons what parliament can do “to ensure the overwhelming will of CoE members is respected”. He added this is “a very dangerous time for the church, and if the synod can’t sort it out we need to help them, we cannot allow this to drag on for another ten years”. On the BBC radio four programme “Any Questions” (23/11/12), Lib-Dem MP Steve Webb - whose wife is an Anglican minister - threw in his penny’s worth, coming out in support in the ordination of women bishops .
The outrage shown by Britain’s politicians is surely real, and only a cynic would say otherwise(!), but let's hypothetically insert “the people of England” in place of "women bishops". Just as women are grudgingly allowed to be members of the laity and the general synod, but cannot break through the “stained glass ceiling” to become bishops, and therefore lack any real clout within the CoE - the English are also grudgingly allowed to be councillors, MP’s, even Lords, but are not allowed by the political priesthood within the British Establishment to have their own parliament. In fact, England is the only country in western Europe without its own national representative body.
The general election of 1997 gave Britain a Labour government who allowed Scotland a referendum to decide whether or not they wanted their own parliament, and there were no surprises as to the reply - a resounding YES. Since then Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have had a number of referenda to strengthen their self-determination powers, supported with reports that suggested they be given tax raising powers: and in that time, what have the British allowed the English? One referendum, for Regional Assemblies, which for the British we gave the wrong result! But in true EU style the result was ignored, and the English got Regional Assemblies - not asked for, not wanted, unelected and unaccountable to the people of England.
In March 2010 the PM Gordon Brown abolished them: Were the English then asked what they wanted, our own parliament/assembly perhaps? Alas no, we had “Local Leader boards” imposed on us, then “Local Enterprise partnerships”, and add to them “City Regions” – again, something the English neither asked for nor wanted, as what we really wanted we are not allowed to have. The fact is, MP’s from all sides of the UK welcomed the denial of England’s right to self-determination. Ian Paisley Jr on his blog, stated the English should not be allowed to have their own parliament, yet when he was on Sky morning news reviewing the newspapers, he stated that “It is important to know that everyone in the UK matters” - everyone that is, except the English.
The outrage expressed by the political elite is as shallow as their principles. Where was their outrage when Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales were given self-determination powers, but England given none? Where was their outrage when England had Regional Assemblies/City Regions imposed upon them? Where is their outrage when the Lib-Dems refuse to even say “England”, insisting instead on referring to us as “the regions”? Where is their outrage when the present PM states that he doesn’t want to be the Prime Minister of England? (a wish we must try our best to grant). Where is their outrage when Labour leader Ed Miliband states that he believes the English should not have their own parliament? Sadly, their outrage is nowhere to be seen or heard, when it concerns the people of England.