by Simon Brooks
Simon Brooks develops his argument that devolution has created a miniature version of the British state, with power centralised in Cardiff. He reflects on how independence could further threaten cultural difference within Wales – and moreover offers radical proposals for how an independent nation could avoid creating yet another homogenous state.
For some two or three years now, I have been mourning the death of Britain. This is quite unexpected because I have been campaigning to bring about its passing my entire adult life. I even wrote a book, Why Wales Never Was, about how this might be done. The way forward for twenty-first century Welsh nationalism would be to reject the Anglo-centric liberal consensus of these isles. Eschewing UK-wide progressive alliances, the national movement should concentrate on independence as a clear, stand-alone narrative. How quickly indeed my effective dreams have come to pass.Sign in to read more