‘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.”