In my second post on the kind of independent England I would like to see I'm looking at the regional divisions of England.
The nation of England is currently being divided into a number of fake regional areas with no historical or communal concept. These divisions are prompted by the EU and supported by various politicians and public bodies without consent from the people of England.
But England already has a successful and established regional division system. The County system.
Just about everyone in England sees themselves not just as English, but as a member of their county. It's reflected in the way we speak, the words we use and the customs we practice. Our counties are integral to our identity as Englishmen and women.
England should return to the historical 39 (I'm not including Monmouthshire) counties with the pre-1974 borders. The fake metropolitan counties - such as Greater Manchester - should be abolished and become once more a part of a county.
Each county should have a "County Town". The seat of county government and administration.
Any future English constitution should acknowledge and secure these historic counties and their borders making it impossible for any future government to interfere with them.
Any future English constitution should acknowledge and guarantee that the county will be the largest regional division of England.
Any future English constitution should acknowledge and guarantee that county government will be the highest level of government beneath that of the national government and that no other regional body may have authority over them other than national government.
The Counties and their county towns.
County (Abb.) County Town
Bedfordshire (Beds.) Bedford
Berkshire (Berks.) Reading
Buckinghamshire (Bucks.) Aylesbury
Cambridgeshire (Cambs.) Cambridge
Cheshire (none) Chester
Cornwall (none) Truro
Cumberland (none) Carlisle
Derbyshire (Derbys.) Matlock
Devon (none) Exeter
Dorset (none) Dorchester
County Durham (Durham or Co. Durham) Durham
Essex (none) Chelmsford
Gloucestershire (Gloucs.) Gloucester
Hampshire (Hants.) Winchester
Herefordshire (Hereford) Hereford
Hertfordshire (Herts.) Hertford
Huntingdonshire (Hunts.) Huntingdon
Kent (none) Maidstone
Lancashire (Lancs.) Preston
Leicestershire (Leics.) Leicester
Lincolnshire (Lincs.) Lincoln
Middlesex (Middx.) Brentford
Norfolk (none) Norwich
Northamptonshire (Northants.) Northampton
Northumberland (none) Morpeth
Nottinghamshire (Notts.) Nottingham
Oxfordshire (Oxon.) Oxford
Rutland (none) Oakham
Shropshire (Salop) Shrewsbury
Somerset (Somt.) Taunton
Staffordshire (Staffs.) Stafford
Suffolk (none) Ipswich
Surrey (none) Guildford
Sussex (none) Chichester
Warwickshire (Warks.) Warwick
Westmorland (none) Appleby
Wiltshire (Wilts.) Trowbridge
Worcestershire (Worcs.) Worcester
Yorkshire (Yorks.) York