Their interest and their allegiance are with their nation, with unwaivering devotion, and their efforts are directed to achieving their goal. By failing to inform Plaid Cymru officials of his intentions and by joining a unionist party Mohammad Asghar has revealed his true motives and has shown that he is not worthy to be a party to the cause of freedom for Wales. In that sense he may be closely compared with Peter Hain. In the case of Moh. Asghar Plaid Cymru was just the first rung of the political ladder on the ascent to a personal political career in a unionist state. In fact he has proclaimed his support of the Union. Yet his welcome into the Conservative ranks is somewhat muted.
The A.M.'s departure, some say betrayal, is no loss to Plaid, as the Party for Wales needs no such political turn-coats in its ranks. Allegiance to the cause of independence must be indisputable and absolute if solidarity and purpose are to be maintained. It is a question of hearts and minds, and the heart must be true and the mind firm and uncompromising however difficult and steep the path may be, and however many set-backs are encountered on the way. Without this kind of unswerving loyalty from all its members and sympathisers the cause for which so many people have struggled over the centuries is doomed. Whether or not the AM for South Wales East stands down, which he should do in fairness to the people who elected him, he is likely to have taken the road to political extinction, if not now at least in the longer term.
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Yet there are those immigrants from England and abroad who also have this affinity with Wales. Their allegiance is to Wales and all things Welsh, and they send their children to Welsh-speaking schools and go to Welsh classes to learn the language. They take a pride in speaking Welsh, and have integrated themselves into the community, joining male voice choirs and brass bands, and standing on the touch-lines of the rugby fields. You can find them in the pubs, the car boot sales and the eisteddfodau, in the supermarkets and the post-offices throughout the nation. You find them in the branch offices of Plaid Cymru, giving their support and active participation in the work to wrest and regain Wales from the subtle and overt British tentacles which seek to swamp and diffuse the life-blood of the nation. They are with us and we welcome them, as they lend their hearts and minds for the benefit of the country they have chosen to serve.
It is all a question of allegiance is it not? Are you Welsh or are you British? To say that you are both is innacurate and indefensible. Being British implies that one denies Wales, as it does not exist constitutionally as a country except as a part of the English realm which teamed up with Scotland to form the Union. Are you a Unionist or are you a Nationalist? You cannot be both, or you are like fire and water which are incompatible and like fire your spirit is liable to be extinguished by the water-cannon or at the stroke of a pen. When we speak of Wales we speak of a nation with a long history, like Ireland, of struggle and resistance in the face of adversity. But I do not wish to dwell on the past with all its sorrows and lost opportunities. I wish to talk of now, the time where all that was is no longer with us, the time when fortune beckons. We are now the guardians of the nations fortunes, its heritage, its language and its people. Whether or not we were born in England, or Jamaica, or Pakistan or Japan we owe our allegiance to our nation, this nation, and our hearts and minds are well and truly here in Cymru - Wales.