Yes Cymru Caernarfon launched
Caernarfon’s Yes Cymru group was launched at the town’s Galeri theatre on Friday night.
Fifty members were present to hear speakers that included Sandra Clubb, one of the founders of Yes Cymru, and the author Dr Simon Brooks.
Yes Cymru Caernarfon joins the well-established Cardiff and Swansea groups, as well as 13 smaller groups across the country.
Sandy Clubb said that the groups were about training people who were ready to talk about independence with family, friends and work colleagues.
She argued that because of the strong community links within Wales, one-on-one conversations were the best way to build support for independence.
Simon Brooks from Porthmadog said that Britain was facing a crisis comparable to the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire early in the 20th century.
He said that there was now a four-year window following June 8 with no elections on the horizon, and that period was the ideal time to vigorously promote the case for Welsh independence.
Aled Gwyn Job, who was at the launch, said that the meeting was “fizzling with ideas, spontaneity, vision and enthusiasm”.
“One of the recurring themes during last night’s event was that devolution since 1999 has in effect neutered the Welsh national movement,” he said.
“It has served up a top-down, bland and managerial politics which has alienated and frustrated both nationalists and ordinary people alike.
“The risible tweet that people were encouraged to share recently – ‘I love devolution’ – only served to indicate that even our national party seems to be oblivious to this sad state of affairs.”
Another speaker, Dr Carl Clowes from Pentraeth, said that confidence was the key to the movement for Welsh independence.
He emphasized the different approaches an Independent Wales could take:
- A West Coast railway mainline which could link up the north and south
- An emphasis on renewable energy with Wales’s plentiful resources in water and wind
- Community led social and economic development and a language restoration plan.
Marged Tudur, a student at Aberystwyth University then read her satirical poem Now is not the Time.
It referred to Theresa May’s line in response to the Scottish Government’s decision to stage a second Independence referendum.
Yes Cymru Caernarfon will hold their next meeting the week after the General Election on June 8.
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Noson gwych. Ardderchog oedd gweld cymaint o bobl bwrdfydig :- llawer o sylwadau adeiladol tuag at y dyfodol.
Great piece of news and reassures me, among many I’m sure, that the Independence movement is not just alive and kicking, but gathering momentum.
The only question I have is Marged Tudur’s poem available for us to read, please?
Dim gorffwys tan Annibyniaeth!
I just wanted to say thanks again for inviting me to the launch, I really enjoyed it! One point of clarification might be useful as I think something has got a little lost in translation – re the quote in the article accredited to me about yescymru groups being about ‘training people’, that doesn’t capture the gist of what I said, or certainly not what I intended! It’s worth re-iterating here the main thing about yescymru groups is the autonomy and diversity (‘training’ sounds a little top down…) One of the strengths of yescymru as a movement is the way… Read more »
Hi Sandy, thanks for the further explanation whether anyone feels you needed to or not. It certainly ‘flicked a switch’ for me though! One thing I do like is the basic idea of autonomy and diversity of each group and the ‘localisation’ of this it obviously encourages and people actually getting what they want. Therefore, democracy can truly flourish this way. As you are probably aware the Greeks gave us more than one form of democracy and the one we have followed is, as we see and hear daily, becoming less democratic. For a while now, I have been thinking… Read more »
Llongyfarchiadau i Yes Cymru Caernarfon. Edrych ymlaen i cael arweiniad gan y Gogledd. Congratulations to Yes Cymru, Caernarfon. Looking forward to your stewardship! Fel un sydd heddiw yn mynd i deithio i Aberystwyth o Gaerdydd via Amwythig dwi’n cytuno’n llwyr gyda Dr Carl Clowes ag hoffwn weld y llinell Caerfyrddin I Aber yn cael ei ail agor. We need a rail transport infrastructure that joins South and West Wales and North and South Wales!
Every luck to them.