Phoenix rising- the national idea outlined afresh
AFTER last week’s release of the manifesto for the Welsh Election of 2021, the Ein GWLAD official logo can now be revealed.
The logo’s accompanying slogan ” Not left, not right, just Welsh” sums up the hybrid and practical approach of Ein GWLAD. We believe in considering the best ideas from all parts of the traditional political spectrum as the sensible way forward for our nation. The only criteria should be: will these ideas benefit Wales and her people? The old left versus right narrative has shown itself to be sterile, divisive, counter-productive and tiresome and fails to reflect the realities of life today. Most importantly, it is just not appropriate at this critical juncture in our history.
Not left, not right, just Welsh
Once Wales becomes independent, and develops a more nuanced democratic culture in the years to come, there may well be a move back to more distinct and differing positions on the political spectrum. But, at this point in time, it is clear that these distinctions are just unhelpful- we need an unified approach to address the current situation.
So, if you are short of time to plough through the whole published manifesto at this point: here’s a shorthand guide to the main principles within:
Independence: Some 200 nations have become independent since 1945. It is the default state for every nation and has always been the ultimate answer for Wales: full sovereign control over all aspects of Welsh life. And of course, Independence is even more of a necessity now in view of the continuing Brexit pantomime and the complete meltdown of the big parties at Westminster. Their “divine” right to rule Cymru as their colony has now been destroyed.
After years of equivocation and weasel words on Independence, it now appears that Plaid Cymru are going to be much clearer on this issue, and this is certainly to be welcomed. And just in case there is any backsliding on their part once again, Ein GWLAD will be there to stiffen their backbone.
Liberty: Individual liberty and equality before the law for all is at the heart of the manifesto. Free speech is also an essential component in our emphasis on liberty. Open and honest conversations between people about current issues, however difficult or thorny those may be, are the lifeblood of any democracy.
Innate sense of justice built into the Welsh DNA
Justice: an innate sense of justice, “chwarae teg” is an essential part of the Welsh DNA, forged not only out of our Christian traditions as a nation but also from people’s experiences of facing exploitation in the working environment over many, many generations. If one considers that a nation in a way is one huge extended family, you will want fairness and justice for all members of that family.
Identity: The Welsh identity is not only a cultural no-brainer: this identity is going to be a huge economic positive in the years ahead. Only last week, a Welsh potato company reported that their sales went up 30% once they ditched the union flag for the Welsh dragon on their product. The union flag was already a tainted brand after its ugly colonial escapades in so many parts of the world, but it is now even more toxic after the Brexit fiasco. Y Ddraig Goch on Welsh products will no doubt prove to be a huge trading plus in the years to come.
Nations all over Europe re-embracing their heritage
Heritage: All over Europe, nations are re-embracing their heritage as the best way to resist the soulless technocracy of globalism. Roots, culture, traditions, borders, language: these are going to be the winning currencies over the next few years. And Wales’s heritage is second to none, with a 1,500 year history as the bedrock of that heritage and possibly only the Basque language being older than Welsh as a living language in Europe today.
We’re currently second in the world rankings in rugby with only New Zealand ahead of us after Saturday’s Grand Slam. If we can compete against,and beat the best in the world at rugby, then there’s little doubt that we can make an equal success of it as an independent nation as well.
One of the contributing editors of Ein Gwlad’s News Portal.
Cyfieithydd,Blogiwr, Awdur a Gweithiwr Eglwys. Hefyd yn rhedeg asiantaeth gyfathrebu ar-lein o’r enw www.creativewriting.cymru. Am weld Cymry Rhydd mewn Cymru Rydd.
Translator, Blogger, Author and Church Worker. Also runs an on-line Communications Agency: www.creativewriting.cymru. Wants to see a state of “Cymry rhydd mewn Cymru Rydd”