It is not very often you will find the Wessex Regionalists commenting on the internal disputes of another political party. By and large we believe if there are issues within another political party, it is a matter for that particular party to resolve. This is why we step aside from the mudslinging over former London Mayor, Ken Livingstone, and his poorly put together words of late. We do not believe that Mr. Livingstone, a former high ranking official in the Anti Racist Alliance, is anti-Semitic, or for that matter large strains of anti-Semitism exist within the ranks of the Labour Party. The fact much mudslinging has come from people such as Nigel Farage, whose own party has been tainted by racism, with members bleating posts from far right groups such as the English Defence League, demonstrates the hypocrisy of some in this debate.
Regarding Israel, the Wessex Regionalists are concerned about human rights atrocities being committed on the orders of the Israeli government - as are many Israelis and Jewish people across the world. It needs to be recognised there is a significant difference between the actions of the Israeli government and the views of many ordinary Jewish people. Criticising the Israeli government does not make anyone anti-Semitic, but actually pro-Human Rights. We believe Israel should face the same criticism and sanctions for its human rights atrocities as any other offending nation should anywhere in the world.
Whilst recognising Ken Livingstone and the Labour Party is not anti-Semitic, we do hold them to account for being anti-Wessex. We appreciate there are some members sympathetic to the Wessex cause, but the general direction of the Labour Party, in common with the other Westminster parties, is to refuse debate and the democratic process in allowing the people of the region to decide whether there should be a Wessex Assembly. The Westminster parties are happy to impose their ideas of devolution on the people, but refuse to listen to anything else. The reality is, in doing this they are denying the voice of Wessex from being heard, thus keeping the trap door firmly shut on any recognition for the region. We do not believe this is fair at all.
Despite the anti-Wessex stance and direction of the Westminster parties in refusing debate on the possibility of a Wessex Assembly, they cannot deny Wessex is part of the fabric of these islands and is securely entwined in its history. This historical significance of a region of 8 million people is alone reason enough for it to be included in discussions on a referendum on devolution within England. ‘Westminster knows best’ and imposing their preferred choices of devolution is not the answer and is definitely not democratic.
Anti-Wessexness is a strain running through all the Westminster parties. Their denial of democracy in allowing the people to decide the future of Wessex in a referendum not only makes the Wessex Regionalists the Party for Wessex – but also the Party for Democracy in Wessex.
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