Reasons And Excuses
No, I’m not going to launch into a tirade about the oft-uselessness of politicians in general! What I have to say is a little closer to home.
I’ve been accused – quite often it seems – of being anti-English in this column and elsewhere. Perhaps, for instance, when I speak out about the English looking upon Wales as another of their counties, my opinions may be misinterpreted as being critical of every aspect of Mother England and her people.
What I try to point out is that Wales is a nation, just as England, Scotland and Japan or wherever. And that we should be treated as such.
Alas, Welsh-nationalism is often used by a tiny percentage of the People of Wales as an excuse for prejudice. And that prejudice is usually aimed at “These English”.
To be a Welsh-nationalist is not to be anti-English – it is to be pro-Welsh. And to be working for an independent Wales.
That tiny percentage uses the excuse of “These English” for every ill in their often-dull lives. Difficulties which occur in their lives are usually of their own making – so, in their dull-minded way, they have to blame those things on our Eastern neighbour.
There are more and more people moving to our land from the other side of Offa’s Dyke these days. And I would remind you that I am an immigrant to Wales. The newcomers need to be made welcome – then it will be possible to tech them about local traditions and history. And what it’s like to “feel” Welsh.
And that, my friends, is what I feel. And I thank the People of Wales for welcoming me and for teaching me of their way of life.