Welcome to GWLAD GWLAD (Ein Gwlad)! The first SYNCRETIC party in Wales or anywhere in the UK to our knowledge!
All across Europe, there has been a dramatic surge of successful syncretic parties as people turn their back on traditional political parties. People want change in their lives and in the way they are governed – with syncretic parties offering alternative political choices.
Ein Gwlad – like the European syncretic parties – aims to dismantle the established and archaic political system that has shackled and exploited the people of Wales for so long. It’s time to break free.
When so many people are unhappy about the way their country is being governed – and they long for the freedom to rule themselves – as a free and independent country – then it’s time to do something about it.
That is what we did in 2017. A group of like minded people agreed that we needed to do something to change Wales – and we decided to hold a public meeting in November to consider whether we should form a new political party in Wales.
The response was overwhelming. Those who attended the meeting unanimously agreed that a new party was desperately needed, as the existing parties were not fit for purpose – and were not serving Wales.
So for the next few months we organized and we talked – we chose our name and logo – we agreed a vision and adopted values – we wrote a constitution – until we were finally ready – and then we held our official launch in Llanelli in August 2018.
People across Wales have realised that despite the promises of devolution, Wales has become poorer – in fact it is now one the poorest nations in Europe, and continues to get poorer by the day. Standards of living have dropped, our health provision is in decline and we have the lowest standard of education in the UK. People who are suffering are waking up to that fact that something different has to be done to rescue us from this dire situation.
There are currently five political parties in OUR National Assembly – but four of which are merely extensions of UK parties – and who continue to take their orders from London – and do not operate in Wales’ best interests.
There is only one Welsh political party in the Senedd – Plaid Cymru – who despite their nationalist claims are only luke-warm to the idea of independence. Their goal in recent years has been to copy the Labour party’s socialist policies (bearing in mind Tony Benn’s famous quote: “Labour is not a socialist party, but a party with some socialists in it“). More recently they have become obsessed with niche issues that have little relevance to the ordinary people of Wales.
Labour (or so called ‘Welsh’ Labour) has continuously formed the Welsh Government in Cardiff Bay for the last twenty years. They have held a monopoly of power in Wales but have consistently failed to use this power for the benefit of the people of Wales. Their prime aim appears to be to keep the people of Wales in poverty, to justify their existence as a party of the poor. If they raised the standard of living, they would jeopardise their hold on power as they lost their poor voters.
The Conservatives have always been considered the ‘nasty’ party of the privileged and wealthy, despite there being only a limited number of privileged or wealthy people in Wales. There is a lot of deep resentment towards the Conservatives due to recent memories of Thatcherite economic policies, yet they have still picked up support in latter years because of people’s disenchantment with other parties.
The Liberal Democrats have suffered heavily by not having clear policies – trying to steer a course between the other parties but managing to please nobody in the process. What do they stand for ? Their flip flopping on policies has made them an irrelevance.
Meanwhile it is not clear if UKIP are actually a party or just a selection of political misfits – but they have clearly benefitted from the public’s disillusionment of traditional political parties – despite them being so openly hostile to Wales.
Wales is in desperately in need of change – a change in the governing party, but also a change in the alternatives. Given the choices it is not surprising that there is so much apathy amongst voters – and the numbers of people who don’t bother to turn out for elections is so substantial that it jeopardises democracy itself.
A common feature of all the above parties is that they are traditional establishment parties – each acting and operating in the same way as political parties in the 18th & 19th centuries. But they are all past their shelf life and like the ‘old’ style parties which have been replaced across in Europe – they will also have to give way.
They will have to give way to an exciting and fresh alternative – To an alternative party that truly cares for our country and her people. To a party that has no interest whatsoever in the dusty old politics of the past or the promotion of party doctrines, dogmas and ideology.
To Ein Gwlad. A syncretic party that has no preconceived ideals or political baggage. We simply share a vision – of a free and prosperous Wales. We are driven by the needs of our country, our people, and nothing else.
We need to save our country – to free it from Westminster’s imperialist rule, and to put it back on it’s feet. We want to improve our peoples standards of living, health and education.
Education and training will will be key to our successful future – we need to be rid of our bureaucratic and elitist education system and replace it with one that benefits our children and our society.
Health and welfare are also key and we need to ensure the well being of our citizens by providing more effective and localized services
We do not have any dogmas or ingrained ideology – we are nether left wing nor right wing nor centrist. We will take ideas and policies from across the political spectrum – from across the world. From academics, business or individuals – and the only consideration in selecting policies will be if they benefit Wales.
We are symbolized by our logo – the Phoenix – a mythical bird that lives forever by rising out of the ashes of a dying fire. Our country’s fire is almost out, but like the Phoenix we shall bring our country back to life and rise to a free and prosperous future.
It’s not difficult. All you need is three paid up members.
A chair, treasurer and secretary (as a minimum). You would receive support from our central office and all the tools you require to set up your branch. You can hold regular meetings to plan and form strategies to expand your branch membership, and you would have voting delegates at our conferences.
Then contact our central membership secretary via the form below:
To establish Ein Gwlad as a political party and movement that will speak up for and defend all those living in Wales, their communities, and the wider national interest.
To defend and develop the linguistic, cultural and historical heritage unique to Wales, which have given Wales its identity.
To stand for and promote the unity of Wales while also recognising the regional and other variations that give Wales its character and its strength.
To argue strongly for all parts of Wales to be treated fairly and equally in terms of economic development and other ways.
To encourage people who share these ambitions to join Ein Gwlad and take the party, and our country, forward.
IN THE MEDIUM TERM
We shall build up Ein Gwlad into a force for change, by questioning and challenging anything which damages Welsh interests while proposing initiatives and strategies to benefit Wales and her people.
Given the woeful combination of bias and inadequacy characterising the Welsh media, Ein Gwlad will use the media of the twenty-first century to take its message to our people and – given the nature of that media – the wider world.
Ein Gwlad will focus on Wales and will not waste its energies on issues in faraway lands that – however tragic – we cannot influence; nor will we involve ourselves with UK issues that are deemed to be of little or no relevance to Wales.
Ein Gwlad will contest elections. There are community council seats waiting to be filled, there are regular by-elections to our local authorities, and by the next elections to the Welsh Assembly in 2021 we plan to field a full slate of candidates for both constituency and regional seats. Ein Gwlad will not contest elections to the imperial parliament at Westminster.
To establish Ein Gwlad as a major political force.
IN THE LONGER TERM
Ein Gwlad seeks the establishment of an independent state of Cymru acting in the interests of its citizens and no-one else. A state governed by the provisions of a written Constitution that regards and treats all citizens as equal.
The citizens of Cymru will be answerable to no other authority on earth but the government they themselves have elected, and will be bound only by laws made in their name by their government.
A re-born Cymru that will have control over all the built and natural resources within the national territory and territorial waters.
Wherein the government will deliver equal opportunities and benefits to all its citizens in education, health, self-improvement and other spheres.
After many centuries of what is akin to exile, we Welsh will be ‘home’, no longer vilified, exploited and marginalised in our own land. A great injustice will finally have been righted.
INDEPENDENCE: To establish a free, sovereign and independent Welsh state.
ACCOUNTABILITY: To secure a government democratically accountable to the people of Wales.
PROSPERITY: To bring about a flourishing Welsh economy in which all citizens have the opportunity to prosper, with enterprise and hard work being properly rewarded.
DISTINCTIVENESS: To secure a future for our national language, distinctive heritage, traditions and culture.
INTERNATIONALISM: To see Wales take its proper place among the community of nations, fostering good relations and mutually beneficial economic links with other states around the world.
OUR PRINCIPLES AND VALUES are grounded in:
COMMUNITY: Civic pride, social inclusion and solidarity between all members of our national community. As citizens of a small country, working together comes easily to us.
LIBERTY: Individual liberty and equality before the law, underpinned by an independent Welsh judiciary and system of law courts subject to the general principles of Common Law.
INCLUSIVITY: We affirm our commitment to the common good of all citizens of Wales who are loyal to our country and respect our national identity, whatever their ethnic, linguistic, religious or geographical background may be.
RESPECT: We assert our respect and esteem for our English, Scottish, and Irish neighbours, and believe that good relations are best fostered and maintained between free and equal nation states.
RADICALISM: We shall seek radical, pragmatic solutions to the economic and social issues facing contemporary Wales, evaluating ideas according to whether they will benefit Wales and her people – not according to where they come from, whether so-called left wing or right wing. We are a syncretic party that does not recognise the traditional single-axis left, centre or right wing labelling paradigm.
COURAGE: We shall not flinch from confronting the scale of the problems that Wales faces, since only when problems are faced honestly can they be overcome. We shall be open with each other and the nation at large about what needs to be done.
CREATIVITY: Wales is known across the world as a creative nation where words mean everything. We mean to unleash that power for the good of our economy and our communities.
PERSEVERANCE: The fact that Wales exists at all in the 21st Century is testament to our ability to fight against the odds and find a way through. We shall not be easily deterred from making our case and standing for what we believe in.
BROGARWCH: The English language lacks a way of easily expressing the meaning of this word: it is a love of place, a commitment to our land and people, yet untainted by jingoism or chauvinism. We love our country, and are determined to make it the best that it can be.
WE ARE COMMITTED to conducting our internal business, communications and dealings in a spirit of tolerance, inclusivity and respect, consistent always with the Aims and Values of the party.
The Party’s governance, proceedings, and policy formulation shall be conducted at all times in accordance with the Aims and Principles set out above.
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