I'm sitting in my car on the seafront at Thorpeness in Suffolk, where I am to speak at a Conservative Policy Forum discussion on the vexed subject of The English Question. Om the way here I was told they wanted me to speak for an hour! Well, much as I may like the sound of my own voice, I think even I would nod off in the middle of a speech of that length. Gladstone I ain't. I'm mainly addressing the issue of what the Conservative Party's stance on English devolution should be. I will be saying that the Tories are the only party which can deliver it and all the various splinter groups who are feel strongly about this issue would do well to remember that. Both the other parties still obsess about regional devolution, which I believe would be highly 'unEnglish' and foolhardy.
The local MP, John Gummer, will be giving his views at the same event this afternoon. Sadly, by then I shall hopefully be at Upton Park explaining in a rather more direct way where Chelsea can stick the blue flag... Now, to the tune of the Red flag...
From Stamford Bridge to Upton Park
Stick the blue flag up your ****