Royston Jones, blogger Jac o’ the North, explains why he’s for establishing a new Nationalist party
A number of people think we do need a new nationalist party, and that’s why I’m writing this. But beyond that, we believe that Wales also needs a new type of political party.
The parties we have at present have lost touch with ordinary people. They seem to be involved in some private game in which the object is to ‘score’ more MPs or AMs than the other ‘teams’.
Once elected, these go off to some self-contained bubble in London or Cardiff where they argue with each other and regard it as an achievement if they say something clever or appear on television.
In addition to which, these parties seem to fall into two categories, neither of which has done anything for Wales.
- Those who are always looking for enemies for us to focus on, or other distractions, while they pander to the rich, allow tax avoidance, privatise everything, and preach a ‘Britishness’ that is just Englishness by another name.
- Controlling and inefficient statist parties that seem to exploit poverty and deprivation for electoral success. For these, tackling Wales’s woes extends no further than posturing and setting up yet more new bodies to waste public money.
What the current parties share is a belief that we are best governed from London, with a tin-pot regional assembly in Cardiff giving the impression we have some control over our own affairs.
Clearly, these parties are not serving the national interest and that’s why we need a new party and a different kind of party.
The way ahead
As readers of my Jac o’ the North blog will know, we held our inaugural meeting in Aberystwyth on November the 18th, and it was very successful in pointing the way ahead for the new party.
To begin with, the meeting rejected the ideological labels of left, centre, right, we’ve been lumbered with since the French Revolution in favour of what might be described as, ‘Whatever works best for Wales’.
A refreshing pragmatism that argued Wales’s problems must be confronted and tackled without the hindrance of ideology, and free from worries about antagonising persons outside Wales who do not have our interests at heart anyway.
It was also argued that we must not be afraid to speak of ‘the Welsh nation’. For there is a Welsh nation, and it has existed for two thousand years or more.
But, equally, it was also stressed that this nation is not exclusive or closed, it welcomes those prepared to join and assimilate.
On the pressing issues of the day, it soon became clear that those gathered in Aberystwyth were united in rejecting the many forms of colonialism and colonisation affecting Wales.
For we must have control of our natural resources and control over who moves to Wales.
The meeting was equally determined that it would be futile for Wales, a small country with so many problems of its own, to try to solve the problems of other countries, or the world.
Consequently, it’s about time there was a political party committed to focusing on Wales, without allowing itself to be distracted by issues over which we can have no real influence.
The new party will be that party.
The big question, of course, remains independence. Here the consensus was that while independence has to be the ultimate political objective, stressing it obsessively from the outset could turn people away.
This is due to too many of our people having been being conditioned by self-serving and insulting Unionist arguments: ‘Wales is too small and too poor, the Welsh are too stupid.’
Independence is the ambition of our new party and for us it is more than just idle dreaming. We believe that only through independence can we fully realise our country’s potential.
But we need to educate our people, overcome the conditioning. For example, make them realise that the dire state of the NHS is not due to ‘immigrants’ from the EU, or further afield, but is just another aspect of an insidious and long-standing problem closer to home.
Thankfully, our people are not stupid, they can see the problems around them, the problems they and their children experience day after day. These problems that give us a land in terminal decline.
We must tell then why they have these problems and make them realise that almost all of Wales’s problems can be traced to an unequal relationship with England. There is also inequality within Wales.
And so the new party will argue for investment and employment to be spread to every part of the country. No one with a national vision can allow oases of investment and employment in a desert of managed decline.
Even though they can see these problems, the mistake too many of our people have made is in putting their faith in the existing political parties to resolve those problems.
It’s encouraging to see a growing number of them now reject all existing parties.
The next step
The new party is of course in its formative stage, and now you have the chance of influencing the direction it takes, the strategies and policies it adopts.
If you truly care about Wales, if you want to preserve our national identity within a prosperous and confident country, one where every person and all areas can feel valued, then look around you and ask who’s going to deliver that.
Something new is obviously needed, isn’t it, and we are that ‘something new’.
We’re not saying we’ll have the answers to all of Wales’s problems, but we promise you that we shall ask the right questions and look for the right answers.
So why not get involved? The first step is to register your interest.
Do it by clicking on this link.