|England supporter - FAISAL ZAIN|
The choice they make will clearly determine who is in power after the next election, as the first party who realises that actions - not just words - are required to regain English affection will be the easy electoral victor.
What is more, the first party leader who faces up to the reality that the UK is in a constitutional mess will win the prize of leading the biggest country in an emerging federal UK. That brave and thoughtful leader will watch the others follow in envy as he or she determines England's future.
Currently the Campaign for an English Parliament (the CEP) is holding its constitutional breath, as it has noticed one of the main parties starting to pull itself out of its decade of English cultural denial. It looks as if the Labour party or more precisely, a blossoming part of Labour called blue Labour is starting to express the fact that England needs a political voice.
The struggling class in England can only hope that this growing powerbase instils courage back into Labour’s culturally weak heart. For this change of thinking to be successful it has to come from within the Labour Party - it has to be an organic process.
If Labour returns to the roots of its history then it will know that its growth came first amongst the people of England, not within the British political elite. The English flocked towards the Labour Party because it was able to express their mounting protestation and fears.
Labour spoke their language of struggle and inequality; Labour had a radical tradition. England once again is struggling for equality - this time democratic equality. The CEP asks: will Labour express those concerns as blue Labour hopes, or will it allow another party to emerge as England’s saviour?
England has a significant history of working class uprising when official suppression becomes too intense. The Peasant’s Revolt should warn the Coalition that a breaking point can be quickly and unrepentantly reached if people’s livelihoods are damaged.
But that breaking point will not be direct taxation this time: it is likely to be suppression of English identity and the unfair Barnett formula. Labour would also do well to remember what the Tolpuddle Martyrs accomplished when the English stood together.
If Labour is to find its way back into the fabric of English life then it needs to look back at those examples and examine why the English created and embraced the Labour movement in the 19th century. Once it realises that ‘England’ and ‘English’ are not dirty words, but the very midwives of its birth, then the Labour Party will outflank the Conservatives be swept back as the natural party of England.
Although this is early days, blue Labour might be able to map the route away from the pain of losing Labour’s Scottish bastion to the joy of regaining England. The time is fertile as the English nation has grown tired of being leaderless.
Its communities are fragmenting, becoming dysfunctional and the struggling class is worried! The glue of a collective Parliamentary voice has been taken away and 13 years of unbalanced devolution has left the English in dire need of a leader that understands the unique problems they now face.
If Labour champions and embraces an inclusive and positive Englishness, expressed through an English government, they will find not only redemption. They can look forward to a generation of power.
Eddie Bone is chairman of the Campaign for an English Parliament