Monday, 28 December 2009

Thinking Out of the Box - Making the Difference Wales Needs

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/comment/newsid_8390000/8390458.stm


Opinion


Any suggestion that the Liberal Democrats would form an alliance with Labour in the event of a hung parliament would deter many people across the British Isles from voting Lib Dem at the General Election.


One Wales - Unwaith Cymru


One Wales, True Wales and a Rainbow Coalition are not the answer for Cymru.
They may, at a certain stage, be relevant for Wales, but not for Cymru.
But Wales has moved on and political movements across the nation are looking ahead to a General Election which will be upon us sooner than we realise. The time in which to make a difference is short. Wales is no longer a haven for Labour but neither is it a haven for Conservatives or Lib Dems. Tessa Jowell has rebuked Gordon Brown for his attempts to revive a class war, but Wales has always, from ancient times, been a relatively classless society. Class consciousness has no place in Wales as Welsh society is traditionally egalitarian. That is why the Conservatives will make considerable headway in England but not in Wales. The ravages of the Thatcher regime and their  effect on Wales are still fresh in the minds of the electorate of a certain age. Successive Ministers of State have done little to advance the nation and have served no useful purpose, acting in the interests of the Union rather than for the benefit of the nation they were supposed to represent. 


The One Wales Agreement has served to provide Plaid leaders with useful experience in the art of governance and dealing with the inherent problems of Welsh society, but now it may be tainted by association with a party which is still Unionist to the core despite its efforts at devolution which may be regarded as regional rather than national devolution in its intent. "True" Wales is no Wales at all, is inherently anti-Welsh, and is a vain attempt to turn back the clock and revert Wales into the clutches of the Union. The Rainbow Coalition, despite its attractive title, again proposed an alliance between incompatible forces, those of nationalism and those of unionism. All British parties are Unionist and the interests of Wales are not advanced by associating with them, unless the Welsh branch of these parties rejects their unionist adherence and embraces the cause of independence. This eventuality is hardly credible, however, as the Scottish Liberals stepped back from the edge and decided not to join with the SNP in the quest for absolute autonomy. Can the nationalist movement, weakened by association, stand alone and prove to the electorate that is is able to lead Wales towards its destiny as Cymru Fydd, and overcome the mighty forces of entrenched unionism? It is a testing time, but I am optimistic that it is now sufficiently united and inspired to make a difference - think different - think Plaid - think Cymru.


With the election approaching new strategies need to be adopted as "times they are a-changing".
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.



(Bob Dylan)


http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/dec/27/class-war-votes-strategy-election

"At the end of 2009, those who want a 'yes' vote - and change the status quo - know one thing above all else: if they intend to hold a referendum and win it, then they must make the running, make the argument and make the country listen. " Betsan Powys


"Without Gwynfor Evans at the helm Plaid Cymru may not have survived to see electoral success in later years. His influence was felt beyond the confines of party politics. Wales would not be the nation it is today — perhaps would not be counted as a nation at all — if not for Gwynfor Evans." —Dafydd Iwan, President of Plaid Cymru.


Have your say:
y soc has left a new comment on your post "Thinking Out of the Box - Making the Difference Wa...":

The Welsh People have to recognise a basic truth about the UK and ask themselves a simple question: the truth is this: the UK is rapidly becoming a failed state; not unlike Somalia.

The question is this: is it in their best national interest to be a barnacle stuck to the bottom of this English Titanic?

Comment:  Obviously not!  (alanindyfed)
Another politician who failed Wales: see: http://wrecsamplaid.blogspot.com/2009/12/kneel-kinnock.html
Another statue that deserves to be toppled is the one that may be in danger of being erected by the English establishment to the British Ceaucescuesque couple who forsook the valleys for gilded pastures elewhere.


Now read this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/blog/2009/dec/28/michael-white-politicians-decade-alex-salmond

4 comments:

y soc said...

The Welsh People have to recognise a basic truth about the UK and ask themselves a simple question: the truth is this: the UK is rapidly becoming a failed state; not unlike Somalia.

The question is this: is it in their best national interest to be a barnacle suck to the bottom of this English Titanic?

y soc said...

suck should read stuck.

y soc said...

Should taxes paid by Welsh people(like Mark Hughes or Ryan Giggs) living in England be credited to England or to Wales?

alanindyfed said...

Ask this question following the establishment of the Welsh Parliament.