If you'd told me as a teenager that one day I'd be advocating against independence for
I'd have laughed in your face... but here I am, doing just that. Welsh
nationalism was a political movement I was very much drawn to when I first got
interested in politics as a child, in fact I would get passionate about it to
the point of tears. One member of my family is still very much a believer in
it, yet I quickly lapsed as I grew to adulthood. My novel Evan's Land is very much a satire of the subject, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/evans-land-audio-book.html.
The principle banner of Welsh nationalism is Plaid Cymru- the Party of Wales.
It was formed in 1925 as Plaid Genedlaethol
Cymru, "Nationalist Party of Wales"; its goal was political
autonomy and self-determination for Wales
and the Welsh people along with preservation of the Welsh language and culture.
However much has changed since then; the Welsh language is no longer in danger
of extinction, indeed it has recently been thriving. Also the European Union
was born and that has changed everything. Unfortunately Plaid Cymru is very
pro-EU and my family member's position echoes many others within it when he
describes himself as a "federalist". The goal is for Wales
to leave the UK
and become an equal member state of the EU. In this sense they have already
taken the second step that Scotland
might or might not take if it becomes "independent" later this year;
see here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/what-next-for-scottish-independence.html.