Tory MP compares Welsh identity to being a ‘Londoner’
A Tory MP has compared Welsh identity to being from the city of London.
Andrew Bowie, who represents West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, has described the UK as a “hotchpotch of backgrounds and identities”.
He gave being Welsh as an example and added that the British can also be “proud Londoners or Aberdonians”.
The Conservative politician made the comparison in an essay for Strength in Union, in which he makes the case for preventing the breakup of the UK.
He wrote: “I am a Scot. I was born in Scotland and brought up and educated in Scotland. I now have the immense privilege to represent the north-east of Scotland, my home, in the House of Commons. And I happen to believe it is the best part of the best country in
“But I am also a Brit. And proud to be so. I am as at home in London as I am in Aberdeen. That, for me, is the greatness of our country. We are four peoples in one. The British: a hotchpotch of backgrounds and identities but with shared values.
“We can be proud Scots, Welsh, Northern Irish, English. We can be proud Londoners or Aberdonians. Muslim or Christian. We can be a mixture of all of the above and more and still be British. That is the beauty of our brilliantly confused melting pot of a country. It is what makes us who we are.”