'#ScouseNotEnglish': The City Region That Sees Itself As A Different Country

Updated: Jan 13

It Is Often Noted That Liverpool Sees Itself As A Separate Entity To The Rest Of England

The Royal Liver Building In Liverpool City Centre's Waterfront District (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).

The Liverpool City Region has for some time seen itself as a different part of the country for a number of reasons; the Scouse accent is exceptionally different to the rest of the country's dialects, it consistently votes Labour, Scousers are truth seekers and are exceptionally passionate about a number of important causes, in addition to the fact that the people in the Region are always willing to stop and have a chat.

'Scouse Not English' started to trend on Twitter as white supremacists took to the streets of London and started to harass and attack people and the police whilst in the Region's cultural epicentre, Liverpool City Centre, there was a peaceful protest taking place in the name of George Floyd and as a demonstration against police brutality.

The Liverpool City Region peaceful protests against hate for Black Lives Matter where taking place outside St. George's Hall in Liverpool City Centre. This stark difference between the North, in Liverpool, and the South in London, made Liverpudlians feel an even greater detachment from England, particularly London, as the North/South Divide can be heavily felt in the Liverpudlian Region.

In addition to the fact that the City of Liverpool and the Region's inner-city boroughs, including Wirral and Sefton, voted to Remain in the EU Referendum, and with the Conservative's continual attacks on the city; from Thatcher's 'managed decline' and Andrea Leadsom's proposed 'managed exit' of the EU, to Boris' repulsive comments about Liverpool and the Hillsborough Disaster in which he said that Liverpool "see themselves whenever possible as victims, and resent their victim status; yet at the same time they wallow in it."

All of these factors combined make Liverpool feel on their own, cut off from England, apart from the almost singular connection being the English Premier League in which two of the city's teams, Liverpool FC and Everton FC, are part of. The Liverpool City Region, however, does not feel even remotely cut off from the rest of the UK as the city has strong links with Scotland, Wales and Ireland; from LFC being the most followed club in Wales, and Northern Wales seeing Liverpool as its capital more so than Cardiff, to the City having the nicknames of 'East Dublin' and 'Ireland's Second Capital', as well as many Irish having settled in the Liverpool City Region.

Not to mention the Mersey's Scouse Accent owing its origins to immigration from across the globe, but particularly when more than a million Irish people moved through the Mersey's Port of Liverpool during the potato famine and settling in areas from the Pier Head and Bootle to Birkenhead, Dingle and Wallasey.

In addition to many Scots calling the city home with numerous managers of the City's football clubs being Scottish themselves, from LFC's Shankly and Dalglish, to Tranmere Rovers' current manager Micky Mellon.

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