Sunday 19 April 2009

Some good Independent Wales related links

Wednesday 11 March 2009

Wales Can

From the British Nationalists in Wales Watch Website

Plaid's new website is just fantastic. A political party which actually maps out where they want Wales to be not in two or five years, but twenty. At last, we're starting to have the self confidence to take the first steps to being a proper nation.

Adam Price explains why we are the WalesCan generation

Of course, the British nationalists will rubbish it and talk Wales down - no news there. But I think we're on to something. My hunch? In the same way that the First World War initially saw a strengthening of the existing 'nation' states and empires - Russia, Austria-Hungary, Britain, as the war progressed other radical voices, voices which just a couple of years earlier were seen as marginal, maverick or extremist - Czech, Irish, Estonian, Slovene nationalists - became mainstream and ultimately it was their prescription and their assessment of the future course of their nations which won the day.

Why do some peddle the myth that being pro-Welsh independence means you're anti-English?

Thank heavens, the present recession/depression is as nothing of the scale and carnage of WWI, but I've got a sneaky feeling that the initial strengthening of Britishness will wane. After all, Britishness has decreased with every recession in the last hundred years.

Plaid's bold and high-risk website and strategy may seem foolhardy to some now, but I reckon, give a few years and it will become mainstream.

Myfanwy Davies looks at how Independence would affect her community – Llanelli

My only plea for Plaid is to stop being so timid and so referential towards the British nationalists. As Adam Price notes in his blog, Brit Nat MP, Albert Owens, wants to see the end of a Welsh football team, or is at least willing to jeopardise it for the sake of British nationalism and nation building. Why doesn't Adam or the other Plaid MP's and AM's refer to Albert (who's a nice enough chap) as British nationalists? Is there still a lingering lack of self-confidence, or self-censorship within the Plaid elite, a deep fear of Labour? I don't know. In any case, if fighting for an independent Welsh football team is Welsh nationalist, then it stands to reason that fighting for an independent British football team is British nationalist. Come on - "hyder yn ein hunain" as they say in Welsh - confidence in ourselves.

More of CanWales and more of calling British nationalists by their true description - British nationalists!

Sunday 15 February 2009

Independent Wales Facebook Group

There is also a Facebook group called AN INDEPENDENT WALES, with over 2,600 members. Join now!

Wednesday 11 February 2009

New Forum - Ideas for building an Independent Wales

Just recently came across this forum "Syniadau - Ideas for building an Independent Wales". It's a great place to discuss Welsh Independence. Below is some text taken from their homepage...

One day Wales will be an independent nation, taking its place at the United Nations, in Europe, and on the international stage on the same basis and with the same status as the other nations of the world... If you share this vision, this site is intended to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas that will help make it a reality.

The basis premise that underlies the way this site has been set up is that an independent Wales will need to be rather different from what it is now. Every country needs to have a framework of fundamental structures and institutions in place in order to safeguard the wellbeing, prosperity and security of its people. Wales does have some of these and with the progress of devolution is gaining more, but we are some way from having all of them. Therefore we need to work out how to develop these structures so as to pave the way for Wales to become an independent nation.

The site has two main sections. The first address the different aspects of what shape an independent Wales should take, and is split into a number of separate forums for each subject. The second section deals with the more general strategies and tactics we need to adopt to win the hearts and minds of our fellow countrymen and women. At the start of each forum there is a brief About this Forum explanation of the sort of issues that we might discuss, which is meant to be suggestive rather than restrictive.

It stands to reason that most of those who contribute to this forum are likely to be Plaid Cymru supporters, but we in no way want to limit contributions. There are supporters of other political parties who want independence, and there are indeed people who support Plaid Cymru who do not want independence. Anyone who wants to present a point of view or participate in any discussion is free to do so. This might well include those who wish to see greater devolution for Wales within the context of the United Kingdom, and it might even include those who are against devolution altogether, provided their opinions are offered in a constructive way.