Welsh Tory MP complains about references to the ‘four nations’ of the UK
A Welsh Tory MP has complained about references to the “four nations” of the UK.
James Davies, who represents the Vale of Clwyd, has argued that referring to the United Kingdom in such a way is “divisive”, despite it being made up of the countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In an essay for Strength in Union, a publication that was launched at the Conservative Party conference, he suggested that this “pretends to equate our single nation state with an association of sovereign states”.
His complaint comes despite former Prime Minister Theresa May using the phrase ‘four nations’ ten times in the introduction to the same book. Welsh Secretary of State Simon Hart and Wrexham MP Sarah Atherton also use it in the book.
He said: “Early on in the pandemic, it became convenient parlance for nationalist-leaning politicians to refer to the UK as ‘the four nations’ – a divisive term which pretends to equate our single nation state with an association of sovereign states.
“The term successfully found its way into common usage, including via the BBC and wider media. This is indicative of the need for all of us who believe in Britain’s ongoing unity to think carefully about the language we use.”
James Davies also hits out of the BBC Wales for not broadcasting some of Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 conferences. He believes they should have been broadcast in Wales despite the UK Government being in charge of the health service in England, while in Wales it is the responsibility of the Welsh Government.
He added: “Furthermore, at times BBC Wales even chose not to air the Prime Minister’s pandemic press conferences, on the basis that the measures were a devolved competence.
“We must remind the BBC, as our state broadcaster, not to forget that the word ‘British’ features prominently within its name.”