Sunday, 9 March 2008

Y Cymry

Old School Nationalism? The Us Against Them Debate. Does it need to be so? Is it not time to re-engage with the electorate instead of turning 2/3rds of them off?

If we turned nationalism on its flip-side then what would we have? Y Cymry, aptly translated to Compatriots in the English tongue. The next question one should ask ones self is, what does Compatriotism mean to the people of Wales? It means, the people of Wales producing a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

It’s the social glue that binds us all together, from Glyndyfrdwy in the North East to Ty Ddewi in the South West. We all live on this fertile soil, this is what joins us in pursuit of happiness and good health.

We must never forget that Welsh Culture, Language and the people have evolved over the millennia. This should be the shining light that shows us, that the time for Nationalism has ceased and we now awaken in a 21st century where we can cherish with hindsight the endeavour of the welsh people and learn from their achievements, and not be constrained by them.

To quash the idea of Nationalism is not to throw thousands of years of Welsh heritage, culture and language on to the stack heap of ignorance. It is to look to the future with this deep, rich and wonderful past ever present in the back of our minds.

It is the time for us, compatriots, the Welsh people to plan ahead and create a Wales that we can all be proud to live in. It must be said, that this will be no easy task. We must remember to look forward and never back.

Devolution has given us the people of Wales a voice after centuries of deficit. We must embrace this. Autochthonous development of devolution spreading from the epicentre of Cardiff Bay is showing how we the Welsh people are able to develop and plan a future for ourselves. The National Assembly for Wales was created as a Corporate Body, some may say that this was nothing more than a talking shop. However, with successive developments we have our Virtual Parliament and a day not too far away now, we will have our own establishment that will produce Welsh Law for the Welsh people, and we will have control over our future.

Compatriotism not Nationalism is the guiding light for the Future of us Welsh people.

"The abiding purpose of every nationalist is to secure more power and more prestige, not for himself but for the nation or other unit in which he has chosen to sink his own individuality." (George Orwell)

The abiding purpose of every Compatriot is to be bound together to secure a better future for oneself, ones family and ones community. Feel proud of your Nation but don’t become it’s Slave, make it work for you, and together you can make it work for all.

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