News

Give Wales more power says Gordon Brown as he warns Johnson’s ‘muscular’ unionism will lead to breakup

11 May 2021 2 minutes Read
Gordon Brown. Picture by World Economic Forum (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Wales should be given more powers as part of a reformed union, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said.

He warned that Boris Johnson’s “muscular” unionism that sought to centralise power at Westminster would lead to the break-up of the UK.

To address such dissatisfaction, Gordon Brown said Boris Johnson must “get on with reforming the United Kingdom” so it appeals to its nations and regions.

“By that I include Wales – which is dissatisfied,” he told ITV. “Also the metro mayors in all the regions. They’re all complaining they don’t have enough power to do the things they want”.

He also pointed to the damage done by the Prime Minister’s comments that devolution are a “disaster”.

“Now that’s completely at odds with the opinions of the vast majority of Scottish people,” he said.

“He thinks he’s attacking the SNP, he’s actually attacking mainstream Scottish public opinion.”

Gordon Brown added that the PM’s job is to try and unite the country – “he cannot be at war with part of it”.

He said that Boris Johnson was setting up a “competition” between Britishness and other national identities.

“Muscular unionism is what it’s called – putting up more flags and badging bridges and roads with an UK flag on them. It won’t work.”

However Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove today rejected the calls for reform, calling it an “abstract debate”.

“I prefer that we concentrate on people’s priorities rather than looking for new areas of abstract debate to enter into,” he said.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
7 Comments
Oldest
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Janus Polenceusz
4 months ago

What about England as a whole?

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
4 months ago

The UK needs to de-centralise and that includes England. Westmister still has this colonial outlook that will not work in 21st century Britain. However, I fear calls for more power to start moving to areas outside London will just fall on deaf ears and the country will eventually split as a consequence, even England. If you think about it, it is the final death froes of the Empire and which country was the first to be conquered?

Michael Mckechnie
Michael Mckechnie
4 months ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

There are initiatives and even a political party to try and get more power for the North of England, or even independence.

Its going to be an interesting few years

stuart stanton
stuart stanton
4 months ago

Labour Metro mayors right across the Pennines, quite a power bloc….

Alun J Davies
Alun J Davies
4 months ago

The North of England were given a vote on devolution some years ago and comprehensively rejected it. The main instigator behind the anti devolution vote at that time was non other than Dominic Cumminiski . What about a second referendum ??

Dr John Ball
Dr John Ball
4 months ago

Er…is this the same Gordon Brown who offered the people of Scotland untold riches if they voted no?

Quornby
Quornby
4 months ago

Gordon Brown was the first to insist on government buildings flying the Union Jack in Wales. The net result was that just one appeared……. on Swansea jail.

Our Supporters

All information provided to Nation.Cymru will be handled sensitively and within the boundaries of the Data Protection Act 2018.