SIR - Hain, Brown and Falconer ask us to consider the benefits of the Union when defending the not-fit-for-purpose institution called the UK with such passion.
Let's consider a few of them: Waging war for control of Iraq's oil; committing billions to the nuclear deterrent and spending billions on the Olympic extravaganza in London. All these paid for by Welsh taxes as much as anybody else's. The payback for Wales is to be condemned as one of the poorest areas of Europe, with jobs like Burberry's disappearing down the plug hole, our young people priced out of their communities, our railways stuck in the Victorian era and a comedian as First Minister.
Never mind, says New Labour, there is strength in unity and the UK can influence (ie intimidate) the world. There will be a few gold medals at £50m each and Londoners will have their expensive 21st century city.
Using emotive language such as Balkanisation is an insult to all the people on the island of Britain. What if Wales and Scotland vote for independence in a democratically held election? Is Hain suggesting England is going to take on the role of Serbia and send in the troops against its smaller neighbours to keep his Greater England? New Labour is only interested in power and they are scared of losing it. More power for the Welsh people through their own parliament means less power for Hain and his cronies. Independence will mean that it's not just Wales that will be better off without the UK, it's the whole planet!
Gipsy Road, Welling, Kent
Friday 19 January 2007
Another superb letter in the Western Mail today, this time by Huw Jackson. Original content will be added to this blog soon, we promise!