Don’t refer to the UK as ‘four nations’, senior Welsh Tory suggests
A senior Welsh Tory has complained about unionists who refer to the UK as “four nations”.
Huw Davies, Chair of Newport West Conservative Association, has suggested that those who do so are “foolishly playing on the nationalists’ turf”.
He argued on the conservative Gwydir website that the United Kingdom, which is made up of the countries of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England, should be referred to as “One Nation”.
This he says is a “new interpretation” of the ‘One Nation Conservatism’ of 19th century Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, who sought to unite a country divided between the rich and the poor.
Davies also argued that a federal system is “alien” to the UK, and claimed that it has been “eroded by devolution”
He said: “The ‘Let’s be like America’ brigade of Labour and the Liberal Democrats want an American-style federal structure.
“Such a concept is so alien to this country and would bring with it the same division we see in the US system.
“Plaid Cymru and the SNP want the complete destruction of our nation, and I am glad any notion of working with them has been ruled out by our party in Scotland and Wales.”
He added: “I think it is time for a new interpretation of this ‘One Nation Toryism’. This new guiding principle would encompass the idea of Britain as a united nation, a United Kingdom – One Nation. If we believe in the preservation of the United Kingdom, it is vital we maintain the basis of its nationhood.
“Those who talk of ‘four nations’ usually are federalists, nationalists or unionists foolishly playing on the nationalists’ turf. But what is so often forgotten is the greater whole, the unified entity – Britain.
“As One Nation Tories, we must fight to reunite the United Kingdom and reknit its nationhood which has been eroded by devolution.
“Britishness cannot be diminished to just our flag on some supermarket butter, it must be a real and active identity. That means the British state acting on behalf of the British people, which the UK Internal Market Act will enable it to do.”
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