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Boris Johnson arguing for independence by admitting UK is ‘broken’ says Sunday Times

10 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture by Chatham House (CC BY 2.0)

Boris Johnson’s speech at the Conservative party conference this week amounted to making independence campaigns’ arguments for them, the Sunday Times has said.

Columnist Kevin Pringle said that by admitting to the UK’s “broken” economic model, Boris Johnson may have transformed the independence debate.

“Johnson should be made an honorary member of the Yes campaign for conceding that the UK has ‘one of the most imbalanced societies and lopsided economies of all the richer countries’, including a gap ‘between London and the southeast, and the rest of the country’,” he said.

“On the prime minister’s own terms, unless his government delivers tangible change soon, we will be stuck in ‘the same old broken model, with low wages, low growth, low skills and low productivity’.

“It is a devastatingly frank assessment of where the UK has languished, particularly from the leader of a party that’s been in office for more than a decade.”

Kevin Pringle added that Boris Johnson was correct, and the UK was the poorest country in northwest Europe based on wealth per head of population.

“People living in independent nations of Scotland’s size or smaller were shown to be more prosperous,” he said.

“Depending on how he does, Johnson’s speech may have changed the nature of the independence debate. In a future referendum, the choice could be framed as between a Britain that is broken or the chance of a more successful Scotland.”

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Arwyn
Arwyn
12 days ago

Good grief, has Kevin Pringle been reading my old Twitter account? Do we finally have recognition of the abject failure of the UK state and Tory ideology? As he says, the UK is hoplessly unequal and I’ll go further, for most of my life Wales has been the poorest Nation in Western Europe. In his book “The Break-up of Britain,” Tom Nairn explains how European Nations emerged from their former regimes via popular support driven by the economic inequalities that beset them under those arrangement. It’s the yearning for self-determination and political agency to enact change that does it. And… Read more »

j humphrys
j humphrys
12 days ago

Even in the new “less growth” world, our sense of fairness ensures that happiness for our people can still be achieved. Yes Cymru!

Grayham Jones
12 days ago

Yes it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 we in wales have got to stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of wales that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Erisian
Erisian
12 days ago

He should know – it has got a little more broken with every year of Conservative and Unionist mis-rule, and he has accelereated the process 10 fold since replacing the tedious inefectual Mrs May

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
12 days ago

Oh my god, is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson actually admitting that:

a). Unionism (or English colonialism as I prefer to think of it) doesn’t actually benefit Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (or the North of England for that matter – I sincerely wish the Northern Independence Party all the best).

and that

b). Thatcherism has been an unmitigated disaster for everywhere except the South East of England and everyone except the rich.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
11 days ago

Boris Johnson himself is an advert for Welsh & Scottish independence. He is the fuel that keeps the engine of independence revving white hot. And as we witness the Tories systematically attacking Welsh & Scottish devolution. This undemocratic appalling act of political vandalism not only reveals the Conservatives as a crooked ugly party that uses intimidation & threats to get what it’s wants, but proves once and for all that devolution is not the bogeyman Unionists portrayed it out to be. In fact. It shows the Welsh people how we run our own affairs better than Whitehall ever could, which… Read more »

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
11 days ago

There is more and more evidence pointing to smaller nations being more prosperous and fair. Now it is Wales’ turn,

David
David
11 days ago

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