Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Life In The New Republic

(With compliments to Plato)
Are we assuming that Wales will some day be a Republic, as Ireland is? Or is it possible that the people will opt for a Princedom, and search for the descendants of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd or Dafydd ap Gwilym to hold court and open the new Parliament? Or again, would the majority of people accept the present prince as the Prince of Wales, and upon ascending to the throne of England, then accept his eldest son? The latter is rather doubtful if we consider the circumstances of the investiture in Caernarfon in 1969. If we are to be realistic and take note of the age in which we live, and sense the mood of the people, and look deeply into the history of Wales from the time of King Edward I it would appear that the first option is the most appropriate. Scotland is leading the way, and although Alex Salmond appears to be on very good terms with the Queen, it is not hard to envisage the creation of a Scottish Republic on the lines of the Irish one. Where Scotland leads doubtless Wales will follow. The first step will be a parliamentary democracy and full Parliament for Wales. Already the National Assembly is flexing its muscles and adopting the parliamentary role, as well as taking steps to implement its extended law-making powers. There will be greater communication and co-operation among the nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and these new links will be forged for the benefit of all the western Celtic peoples of these islands. There will be no antagonism towards England lest the English people are apprehensive about the likely outcome of these alliances. All nations of Britain will enter into a new era of collective responsibility towards their own citizens, towards Europe and the world. England will have a national Parliament, and there will be a Federal Assembly to co-ordinate the nations' collective affairs.
So what will life be like in the new Republic?
Not a great deal different from the way it is now, except that there will be a more open and active and vibrant society, with festivals and concerts and cultural entertainments, eisteddfodau, sports events, and agricultural and horticultural shows, international conferences and environmental debates, youth activities and community regeneration activities, carnivals and fairs of all kinds, including trade fairs organised and held as a shop window to the world. There will be new infrastructure, roads, bridges and tunnels ensuring fast and easy access and an expansion of public transport services to lure people away from reliance upon the automobile. There will be no nuclear power stations, but emphasis on alternative energy sources, sustainability and micro-economics. Globalisation will be kept in check, and while trade between countries will be encouraged, there will be a trend towards reliance upon one's own sustainable resources. Garden allotments will come back into fashion. Produce which is out of season and expensive will be replaced with home-grown organic produce, and consumed when in season. Greater and better use will be made of land resources. Housing will be affordable and developers such as those purchasing, for example, 50 dwellings in Treorchy for letting as personal investment will be prevented from doing so. Second homes will be severely discouraged by means of taxation. The good of the community will come before the good of the individual, yet every individual will have his/her rights and basic benefits in order to lead a comfortable and productive life. This will lead to a more just and equitable society. Surely this is the way forward in the new Republic of Cymru, formerly known as Wales?

3 comments:

johnny foreigner said...

Alan.

Do you really expect your Republico/Nationalist ideas to be taken seriously on the basis of this thread?

It's just a load of aspirations without one word of how they are to be achieved.

You say.....

"There will be no nuclear power stations, but emphasis on alternative energy sources, sustainability and micro-economics......"

You'd better have a quiet word with you Leader, Ieuan.

"Globalisation will be kept in check......."

What? by the Republic of Cymru...How?

"...and while trade between countries will be encouraged, there will be a trend towards reliance upon one's own sustainable resources......"

Just what resources are these? Lovespoons?

"Garden allotments will come back into fashion"......."

Certainly not with the extensions and conservatories that seem to spring up everywhere. I have a large garden and certainly have no intention of putting it under the plough.

"Produce which is out of season and expensive will be replaced with home-grown organic produce, and consumed when in season......."

I'm pretty sure that Messrs. Tesco, Asda, Morrison's and Sainsbury will have something to say about that.

Whilst I admire and respect your fervour you don't seem to have come up with a single proposal for the funding of these aspirations.

We're (the majority) quite happy to remain British, thanks all the same.

Your puzzled pal.

johnny.

alanindyfed said...

JF : answer to your question : Yes
There was no intention on this blog to go into details about how to achieve these things. I am not dealing with funding here. This is a picture of future Wales as I see it.

johnny foreigner said...

Thanks for your response Alan. Your point is taken.

I suppose it's more of a wish list.

Nevertheless, at least you appear to be sincere, although, IMHO somewhat misguided, in your beliefs and with your permission I will rebutt your comments from time to time here and in other places.

Proud to be your pal.

johnny.