Saturday, 19th May, 2012.

Speaks For Itself

Independent From What?

     Plaid Cymru has, for decades, promoted “independence”.   Well, the word was kept a little quiet for a while, but now Plaid is in Opposition in our Assembly, it has returned to the fore.

But nobody seems to have defined – publicly and simply – what Welsh independence will actually mean.

Of course Wales needs the right to independently make its own laws.   Our government is made up of people who live in our land and, therefore, are more aware of what we need than those in far away Wasteminster.

But, although it’s mooted that we will be “part of Europe”, do we still want – even need – to have The Queen as our Head of State?   Will we remain part of theUK?   Will we break all ties with Mother England?

With the increasing number of immigrants to our land from the other side of Offa’s Dyke, these questions – and many more, of course – need to be addressed.   Open discussion must take place on all relevant issues.

And, yes, any independent government is bound to make mistakes.

But they will be our own Welsh mistakes.

About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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