‘The British Isles are small enough as it is’: Sir Tom Jones comes out against Welsh independence
Sir Tom Jones has come out against Welsh independence, saying that the British Isles are small enough as they are.
The singer from Pontypridd who was knighted in 2006 said that he does not believe Wales should leave the United Kingdom and become independent, in an interview with ITV.
“I’m not for that myself. I think… er… united we stand, divided we fall,” he said. “The British Isles are small enough as it is, without us splitting up.
“I think – to be together, that’s the thing – I think the whole world should be together. Splitting up… I mean keep languages going, yes, keep the culture going. But be a part of something bigger.
“I don’t really believe in being completely independent. Breaking away. No, I don’t see that.”
“I think the whole world should be together. Keep languages going, yes – keep the culture going – but be a part of something bigger”
— ITV Wales News (@ITVWales) April 23, 2021
While promoting his new album Surrounded By Time, Tom Jones also revealed an encounter he had at Buckingham Palace with the recently deceased The Duke of Edinburgh.
“He walked over to me, and he said, ‘I suppose you’ve read in the newspaper that I said you must gargle with pebbles?'” he told BBC One.
“I said ‘Yes, I did see that, yes.’
“And he said, ‘Well, let me explain why. I was at a small businessmen’s meeting and they were moaning and groaning about not getting subsidised from the government and I used you as an example. ‘I don’t know what you are moaning about when a fella from South Wales, the son of a coal miner, can come up to London and do as well as he has done. Why are you complaining?’”
“‘Well the man’s voice is so strong he must gargle with pebbles.’ It was a compliment, not the way it came out in the press. I was misquoted.'”