‘I am against imperialist nation-states’: Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh backs Welsh independence
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has said that he is now backing independence for Wales.
In a conversation recorded by the Guardian he said that he believed that breaking up the UK was the only means to bring about the end of the British elite, such as the Royal Family, House of Lords and Eton.
Although previously a supporter of independence for his native Scotland, he had told the Western Mail in 2017 that he hoped to see “a kind of federalist arrangement between the Welsh, Irish, English and Scots, where each knows their own identity”.
However, he now said that he hoped each nation would become completely self-governing.
“I’m not as much for Scottish independence as I am against imperialist nation-states,” he told the Guardian.
“I think it’s better to be governed by non-hierarchical nation-states that aren’t based on imperialist precepts and entrenched beliefs. I’m for Scottish independence as a mechanism for breaking up the UK, and I’m for English independence and Welsh independence.
“The real fear of elites in England is that, if Scotland is independent, at a stroke, there’s no royal family, no House of Lords, no Eton. And people in England are going to say – we’ll have some of that.”
Primal Scream frontman Bobbie Gillespie, who was also a part of the Guardian discussion, said that he had sympathy with Irvine Welsh’s point of view.
“I remember reading you at the time of the vote in 2014, and thinking, that’s interesting,” he said. “This idea that, if Scotland gets independence and becomes a more social democratic, left, liberal country, maybe people in England will finally wake up.
“I totally understand that point of view, but I find it very hard,” he added. “I’m only nationalist when it comes to football. My dad’s influence was to be internationalist.”