Welsh Government minister slams ‘arrogance’ of ‘Anglo-British imperialism’
A Welsh Government minister has slammed the “arrogance” of “Anglo-British imperialism”.
Mick Antoniw, the Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution, was reacting to the news that the UK Government plans to tell staff to stop referring to Wales as its own country, in order to strengthen the union.
Under the proposals diplomats will be instructed to change the way they speak about the UK, referring to it as one country rather than talking about “the four nations of the UK,” according to the Sunday Times.
Antoniw described the plans as “stupidity” and said they were “doomed to failure”, while Deputy Minister for Climate Change Lee Waters said they would be “counter-productive”.
According to the Sunday Times, the plan includes investing more money in transport links between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It comes as Whitehall officials have been told to stop ignoring the Union and put its preservation at the heart of policymaking.
Boris Johnson hosted a meeting on Thursday with the leaders of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in a bid to attempt to cement the links between different parts of the UK.
The UK Government also wants to use the widely-criticised Turing university exchange scheme as part of its plan. The scheme replaces the EU Erasmus scheme, and will offer exchanges for students between parts of the UK as well as with foreign universities.
Mick Antoniw, said: “This is what #Putin is trying in the East. Stupidity, arrogance and good old Anglo-British imperialism. These tactics are for dictators and ultimately doomed to failure!”
Deputy Minister for Climate Change Lee Waters, said: “If true this will be counter-productive.”
Labour Senedd member Dawn Bowden, said: “Well this won’t work will it.”
It has also been reported that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will also spend more time in Scotland in an attempt to boost affinity for the bonds holding Scotland and England together – although there is no indication yet whether this plan extends to Wales.
“The feeling is that successive governments have let this drift and that the politicians are irreparably divided,” a source told the Sunday Times.
A source close to the Royal Household told the newspaper that the Royals “think of it as their Union. It was originally a union of crowns.”
This is true in Scotland although in Wales the ruling Prince was executed and Wales annexed.
Buckingham Palace declined to comment on the plan.