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Covid pandemic ‘a crash course in nation building’ for Wales, Adam Price says

25 Mar 2022 3 minute read
Adam Price. Picture by Plaid Cymru.

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has said that the Covid pandemic was a “crash course in nation building” for Wales.

He said the people of Wales discovered that they trusted their own government more than the UK Government, and made them realise that Wales had the collective capacity to deal with its own problems.

Speaking at the Plaid Cymru Spring Conference at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, he added that the pandemic had also brought to the surface and to public attention problems that had long existed in Wales.

“The more interdependent we become within Wales, the stronger our desire for independence for Wales,” he said. “The pandemic was, in some sense, a crash course in nation-building.

“Previously, many had low awareness and little knowledge of the Welsh Government and even less interest, truth be told.

“But in those months from March to May two years ago, the Welsh Government suddenly became the most important government in the world for the people, the one we turn to and the one they trusted, making decisions about many of the most important aspects of our lives.

“What was striking, and it’s confirmed is that generally speaking, most Welsh people approve of the Welsh Government’s decision.

“There’s no surprise of course, that the Welsh people trust their own government to act in the best interests of Wales far more than the Westminster Government in London.

“The pandemic has meant but now these attitudes have spread, and the more the people know the Welsh Government, the stronger they want the government to be.”

‘Injustice’

He said that while “Westminster for decades hollowed-out politics” in Wales is “about building that greater collective capacity” to “fix the problems already here”.

“But the pandemic brought to the surface more starkly than ever, the deep scars of poverty and inequality,” he said. “That meant that we as a nation, were more vulnerable to the ravages of this terrible disease.

“There can be no freedom from poverty or sickness, without freedom for Wales. That has propelled the extraordinarily doubling in the support for independence in the past few years.

“Amongst the young, support for independence is already in the majority because they see in independence, the seeds of hope. Not just to have a better Wales, but a better world.

“The modern national movement in Wales is about the liberation of everyone, and freedom from every injustice. Small nations can’t afford to leave anyone behind. We need everyone individually, if we are to achieve our potential collectively.

“But here’s the good news. If we can fight the pandemic as Wales, then we can fight the cancers of inequality and poverty of racism and misogyny. Cymru means together more than at any time in our history.”


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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
6 months ago

I totally agree with Plaid Cymru’s Adam Price regarding the pandemic being, and I quote his words. ‘ A crash course in nation building for Wales. It’s also opened many eyes to the idea that Home Rule is better than English Whitehall Direct Rule. And where our First Minister & Welsh Government approach in Wales was more measured, sensible and our Covid rules science-based rather than ERG-led like in England with the Boris Johnson & Conservative Government who cynically threw caution.to the wind resulting in 150,000 deaths. Wasted tens of billions on faulty PPE supplies, a failed track & trace… Read more »

CJPh
CJPh
6 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Hm. Adam is getting close to the point but using a pandemic in this way may end up backfiring. How many relatives who died in nursing homes think that our government’s approach was “measured and sensible”? Not a single governmental response anywhere in the world during this pandemic can be lauded. They’ll trundle on without serious criticism for decades (with nobody held accountable save, possibly, at the ballot box). Adam is right, but the messaging will leave a sour taste for many.

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago

Nation building needs to be done on a far more positive platform than the Covid response. Drakeford’s regime is much less offensive than the UK London regime, but that is no standard to measure anything against. The antics of UK Gov makes the case for independence far more urgent but those leading the moves towards that goal need to start working on the stepping stones to that goal, just stating the objective of itself won’t change anything. Major obstacles include : Welsh Labour’s continuing attachment to Unionism ( of the UK not TU kind !), Tories’ unwillingness to ever accept… Read more »

Stewart morgan
Stewart morgan
6 months ago

I thought he should have resigned after the last senedd elections. He came third!

Paul
Paul
6 months ago

No people anywhere, or at any time in history, have shown themselves incapable of managing their own affairs. The people of Cymru are no different… We can, will and must gain our sovereignty.

Iorwerth ap Wyllt
Iorwerth ap Wyllt
6 months ago

Unfortunately, once the pandemic is over, the freedom we were given to fend for ourselves will be retracted. The only reason we were given so much power was because westminster abandoned us, now they’ve seen we can take care of ourselves they’ll devote more energy to making us more dependent than ever. Over the next few years you will see the Senedd’s powers rescinded, and its hand tied behind its back, while Welsh institutions will be integrated into English ones. They will do this under the name of “accountability”, “streamlining”, “consolidating” and “reorganizing”. Everything from the NHS to Cadw will… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
6 months ago

Adam, with the elections just six weeks away Plaid must make a supreme effort to fill the ballot boxes with votes for Plaid, no half measures just get the troops on the campaign trail and get the message and the voters out like never before…set the stage for a Tory whitewash in two years time…

NOT Grayham Jones
NOT Grayham Jones
6 months ago

A comprehensive new survey has determined that the overwhelming majority of Welsh people reject independence.The ‘State of the nation’ Survey 2022, conducted by YouGov for WalesOnline to coincide with St. David’s Day asked people what they think of Welsh independence and Mark Drakeford’s devolved Labour administration.Over 7, 000 respondents took part, giving its findings a high degree of veracity. The major finding was that the vast majority of Welsh people reject independence. 7510 people responded to this question and of these, 63% said they didn’t think Wales should be independent of the U.K., with only 28% saying it should. This… Read more »

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