The English resentment

By staff

John Denham will demand greater celebration of Englishness today, just as new research reveals the union is more vulnerable than ever.

The communities secretary will make a speech to the Smith institute tonight which is expected to call for greater celebrations of Englishness – a distinct change from previous government statements concerning Britishness.

Denham: Celebrate England

But it is set to be delivered on the same day as a joint IPPR/NatCen report revealing increased resentment among those in England who associate themselves with England rather than Britain.

Support for English parliament rises

The research found 40% of people in England believe Scotland gets more than its fair share of government spending, compared to just 22% in 2003.

Comment: Only English bitterness can break the union