Last weekend saw the third in a series of Independence marches organised by AUOB Cymru, which attracted more than 5,000 to Merthyr Tydfil. This was widely reported by news organisations such as the Western Mail and ITV Cymru and the organisers would have been pleased with their efforts, although as my colleague Lee points out in this article, there are a few issues to be resolved.
What the Butler Saw
Without doubt, the star speaker at the latest Merthyr rally was Eddie Butler.
I was surprised as everyone else when he was first announced as a speaker, and you could hear the crowd hush in Penderyn Square when he started to talk……. we wanted to hear what he had to say – and we were not disappointed.
To be fair we all knew he could talk – after all he does it for a living! He spoke clearly and slowly – pausing for effect – and building to his punchlines. BBC training will do that for you.
But we did not realise that behind his soft educated tones there was a depth of passion for Wales that was previously hidden. He was raised of English parents in heavily anglicised Monmouthshire – and while a successful rugby player for Pontypool and Wales, he is best known today as a rugby commentator. His analytical rugby skills were always delivered in a very British way (as required by the British Brainwashing Corporation) – which is probably why he was never seen by most Welsh rugby fans as ‘one of us’.
Most campaigners for Welsh Independence believe that we will achieve our goal by focussing our efforts in Y Fro Gymraeg and the Glamorgan Valleys, but areas such as Monmouthshire and Flintshire are beyond redemption.
Eddie Butler has just proven that we are mistaken – there are plenty of patriots in our more anglicised areas – and if we ignore our borderlands to the east we will be disregarding a large pool of potential voters, and making it much more difficult to achieve our goal.
The organisers should ensure that All Under One Banner includes all of Wales.
So maybe the next rally should be in say Wrecsam?