After the Dust Had Settled

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Reality Kicking In

 

It’s been several days now since the independence march in Cardiff last Saturday, and despite its success to draw in over 3000 people from all over Wales, I couldn’t  help but feel disappointed by the amount of influence the “liberal left” had on proceedings with no acceptance of  the fact that there are patriots of all political persuasions who support independence.

It was easy to get caught up in the emotion of it all and be thankful that the march for independence was finally underway.

But  the march could have been  in places any old  rally for social justice warriors, socialists, feminists, anti-capitalists, environmental groups  and gender equality campaigners { I personally sympathise with all of these causes) but I wanted more about a march to freedom, the story of how welsh independence will change Wales for the better. A narrative of how we can all free Wales.

Let’s not kid ourselves here, let’s see the woods for the trees and get a hit of reality.

Wales will not achieve independence by pandering to the left alone. The national cause is still a minority view in Wales, recent opinion polls are suggesting anything between 10 and 20% in support of independence.

I was conscious of the fact that most of those in attendance were Welsh speakers, not necessarily a bad thing. However, it demonstrates how narrow an appeal the indy movement has.

Most people in Cardiff don’t speak much if any Welsh and I couldn’t help but wonder what the shoppers we passed thought. They loved the flags and carnival atmosphere, but some were confused or puzzled.

 

The Labour Voters

 

Ben Gwalchmai of Labour for Independence was an invited speaker and talked about the need for the indy movement to appeal to Labour voters, I think he hit the nail on the head, it does need to appeal to a wider demographic.

Yet many in the crowd responded by booing. That should tell us everything we need to know about the Indy movement currently.

They talk about tolerance but are intolerant of anyone thats speaks the truth or different opinion.

It’s a fact that most Labour voters voted to leave the EU in 2016 and it’s an unequivocal fact that Yes Cymru, Plaid Cymru and Undod are all pro remain. Independence for Wales is nothing to do with Brexit. Personally, I feel a divorce from Europe will help but I can see the argument for the perceived safety and security of the EU comfort blanket. Your views on Brexit are as relevant to Independence as your preferred football team.  Booing fellow nationalists is ridiculous and dangerous when we need every patriot to deliver freedom.

Selling Labour leave voters the idea of independence will be so much more difficult if they think they’ll be taken back into the EU through the independence trojan horse.

Conversations I had with people after the march were quite enlightening. Many felt the same as me and were disappointed with the leftist influence on the whole thing.

Some talked about their support for Ein Gwlad and how they like the fact our party wasn’t afraid to rock the boat and say it as we see it.

The Indy Movement must be just that.

 

A Broad Church

 

It needs to be a broad church, not left or right of the abstract political spectrum. It needs to appeal to voters who usually wouldn’t vote for Plaid Cymru.

Equally so, it needs to appeal to the leave voters of Labour and to the generally non-voting people who have become so apathetic and disinterested with politics in Wales.

In 20 years of devolution the average turnout for Assembly elections around 50%. It’s not much better for Westminster elections either.

Half the population in Wales don’t vote and have never voted and so convincing them not only to vote but to convince them to vote in an independence referendum will made harder if the message is that they’ll get the same tired old politics that pushed them away from democracy in the first place.

There’s a sizable chunk of society that just isn’t interested, they’ve had enough of the political games, fed up of not being listened to and generally not being respected.

 

Inclusive or Exclusive?

 

The independence movement needs to include other Nationalist political parties, like Ein Gwlad.

In fact, any party, group or organisation with aspirations of independence for Wales should have a seat at the table, political differences should not come into it.

Sadly, in the lead up to the march and despite numerous attempts to contact the organisers, Ein Gwlad were given the run around and silent treatment.

We had no reply whatsoever to three emails sent out to All Under One Banner. We even tried to direct Message them via Twitter. The silence was deafening.

But oxymoronically it also spoke volumes. Ein Gwlad were simply not wanted there.

A commenter on social media asked AUOB why Ein Gwlad hadn’t been asked to speak at the march, their response confirmed our suspicions.

According to them we needed to have elected representatives to be invited to speak. It seems unequivocally supporting and existing to achieve independence is not enough. Neither are our Councillors sufficiently “Elected” apparently.

Another commenter on Twitter suggested that we “needed to earn the right to be invited” as the organisers were “not obliged to invite Ein Gwlad” It begs the question then, what is the criteria to be invited?

Since Ein Gwlad doesn’t follow any century old dogmatic political ideology, has no stance on Brexit nor are we all socialist, we obviously didn’t fit that criteria.

AUOB in Scotland seems a different animal but Scotland has had more than one pro Indy party for decades.

 

Our Mission

 

Ein Gwlad’s mission is simple. Gain independence for Wales, and where possible, implement our policies.

We’re not interested in playing political games with our Nation’s future.

There’s a whiff of something unpleasant around Welsh “All” Under One Banner, where there should be open arms, as in Scotland. It’s all about independence there and no one slags off other pro indy parties or movements,

It’s a whiff that is all too familiar, and it stinks of the old political establishment.

At the end of the day, talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words.

In any case, we were there, we enjoyed the day, and we will come again. Our Country is more important than a few negative political purists and clumsy snubs.

1 thought on “After the Dust Had Settled

  1. I agree 100% with Sian. One of the reasons I left Plaid Cymru was because they would not work with the Conservative Party and try to breathe some life into the current moribund politics of Wales. If there is no hope of having any administraton other than Welsh Labour why bother to vote. Plaid Cymru have had twenty years to work this out and they are nowhere nearer to becoming the next government of Wales than they were in the year 2000.

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