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29 November, 2006

Scotland first, then us

Welsh nationalism is about establishing a separate sovereign country, entirely independent of England yet within the European Union and Commonwealth.  I'd better stress that it has nothing to do with 'British nationalism', which is about ethnic purity and right-wing nastiness.

I've always been sympathetic to Plaid Cymru; they're the only party I've ever voted for in an election, as opposed to giving my vote to the least-disliked option i.e. voting against the Conservatives and Greens.

Almost as an extension of that idea, in addition to my pro-Wales opinion, I'd have to acknowledge a very minor sense of being anti-England (note: not pro-Welsh and anti-English – there's a vital difference); i.e. there's an extent to which I'm opposing London's governmental and cultural metrocentricity as much as supporting Welsh independence.

Simon Jenkins, writing in the Guardian, argues that if the Scottish wish true independence (not the 'devolution' cop-out), the central British government has no right to obstruct it; indeed, that it'd be hypocritical to do so. And I agree entirely.

Incidentally, the Guardian's home page promotes the article as 'Simon Jenkins: Let Scotland have its independence', which seems to reveal the usual complacency. Scottish independence isn't a gift to be given or withheld by the Westminster government, it's a right, to be exercised (or not, if that's their preference) by the people of Scotland.

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