Supporting independence is “stupid” like smoking pot at university, according to a prominent Conservative.
Jonathan Morgan, who was a member of the Senedd between 1999 and 2011, made the claim in an article on the conservative Gwydir website.
“‘Indy curious’, a bit like being at college when you’ve smoked something that seemed fun at the time but left you feeling really stupid the moment you came round!” he said.
In the article, Jonathan Morgan warns that by drifting away from unionism, the Labour party was in danger of losing touch with its own voters.
“Generations of Labour leaders must be holding their heads in their hands at this absurd and damaging dalliance with nationalism, running contrary to the proud history and beliefs of the Labour movement,” he said.
“Lifelong Labour voters no longer there in the numbers they once were because of the indifference, even disdain shown by Labour’s political class to ‘their’ voters who dared to imagine a different future for Britain outside the EU.
“The same voters who now see Mark Drakeford’s flirtations with being “indy curious” as dangerous and running contrary to Labour’s traditional support for the union of the United Kingdom in moving the party towards the nationalist left.”
His comments came after a YouGov poll last month showed that 51% of respondents who voted for Labour said they would vote for Welsh independence with 49% against.
The poll suggested that with ‘don’t knows’ removed, 32% in were now in favour of Welsh independence and 68% against.
The cross-party YesCymru have also seen their ranks swell with 7,000 members so far.
The cross-party movement for Welsh independence said that they had seen their membership almost double from 4,000 in March.
“It is clear that Westminster’s latest attempt to seize powers from Wales has awakened people across the nation,” chairman Sion Jobbins said in a message to members late last month.
“Our Senedd is not perfect, but, as has been shown during the COVID-19 period, it has been much better than Westminster.
“We have set a very ambitious target of 10,000 members by the end of the year. YesCymru is fully funded by our members. We’re also a not-for-profit organisation, therefore all money we raise goes directly to our campaign for an independent Wales.”