‘Save yourself Wales’ says academic from Newport who adds that the UK is ‘irrevocably politically f****d’
A Berlin-based academic who is originally from Newport has called on Wales to save itself by exiting the UK, adding that the union “is irrevocably politically f****d”.
Jon Worth, a journalist and visiting professor at the College of Europe, was driven to despair by “hopeless” Labour’s inability to back proportional representation for Westminster elections at their Brighton conference.
“Really, Scotland, go. Save yourselves because you can,” he wrote. “And eventually Wales too. And Northern Ireland too, providing it doesn’t end in bloodshed.
“The UK is so irrevocably politically f**ked and Labour is no answer to Tory malevolence.”
He added that under First Past the Post there was no hope of anyone else replacing Labour or the Conservatives.
He called Starmer’s party a “pile of such moribund hopelessness I now don’t know what the hell to do to save it”.
Labour’s failure to back proportional representation despite around 80% of constituency Labour parties voting to back it on the conference floor. But 95% of affiliate votes, mainly unions, voted against.
The vote was also blasted by Labour Senedd Member Alun Davies, who called it “typical Labour”.
“All about managing the party. And nothing about governing,” he said.
He added that Conservative rule “suits too many people in Labour. Power involves compromise and risk. Opposition can be very comfortable.”
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I think the guy is much more of an expert on this matter than whatever the hell you are. Funnily enough, travelling around other countries makes you see your own homeland in a different light and shows you where exactly its going wrong and this is exactly what this is. As soon as you mentioned “lefties” then we know exactly the type of stain on humanity you truly are.
WTF are you on about? A professor is a professor. Universities don’t just give that title out to any old gimp otherwise you would have one. If he teaches students in a university, then guess what genius, he is a professor.
Well, I’ve got a doctorate and until recently I worked at a University, so I suspect I know what I’m on about.
“Visiting Professor” is not the same as “Professor”. Being a visiting professor does not mean you’re an academic. I don’t know how to put it any more plainly for you. Perhaps you need to educate yourself on how Universities work?
Can’t counter his arguments? No problem, just go on a wild irrelevant rant…
Visiting professors are indeed professors, just not permanently tied to any one university. Not that it’s relevant.
No, they aren’t. I say that as someone who spent 10 years across three different universities and earned a doctorate. I don’t know where you got this notion from, but I’m sorry to say you’re wrong.
Thought it was quite well known. Founded in 1949 after the 1948 Hague congress. Someone named Winston Churchill listed among the founders. 1988 some woman named Margaret Thatcher delivered a speech during the opening ceremony for the academic year. Known as her ‘Bruges speech’ btw. Churchill and Thatcher. That pair of lefties.
What a stupid remark
The professor is absolutely right. It is up to us to free ourselves from the yoke of Westminster.
Are you taking the p**s?
Alun Davies seems to have it right with the “…Opposition can be very comfortable.” comment. It’s very noticeable when a Labour spokesman is asked ‘Well what would you be doing instead’. Nearly always revert to a stock waffle of ‘Well.. we would asses the situation on its merits and take the required action blah blah’. Or ‘we wouldn’t have allowed this to develop in the first place blah blah’. All a load of useless tossery. And as Alun Davies says, very unlikely to lose their seat unless some sort of proportional representation happens. (Not even a distant relative/cefnder Cymraeg, as… Read more »
We have two deeply divided political parties who put maintaing their internal unity (or the illusion thereof) and electability above everything else. That is to say : The rest of us.
Brexit = All about managing the party. And nothing about governing.
Labour Inaction = All about managing the party. And nothing about governing.
We see more and more experts now “advising” independence. Previously, the general line was the “gradual” approach. But now it’s “save yourselves”. Plaid, Welsh Labour, Gwlad, Greens and, yes, Libs, should prepare a united policy to endorse independence, followed by entry into the single market when possible.
There is no other way to try and reverse the poverty in Wales – the UK is dead – it has to be independence ASAP.
Beth am yr 80% o Ganghennau Etholaeth Llafur yna’n dod at ei gilydd i ffurfio Plaid newydd…? Neu efallai – rhywbeth haws ond effeithiol: eu haelodau’n ymrwymo i fwrw pleidlais ar gyfer y Blaid sy’n fwya’ debygol o ennill eu Hetholaeth a felly trechu’r Ymgeisydd Toriaidd yn yr Etholiad Cyffredinol nesaf? ~ How about that 80% of Constituency Labour Party branches coming together to form a new Party…? Or maybe, something easier but effective: for their members to commit to voting for the Party most likely to win against the Tory candidate in their constituency at the next General Election?