Welsh Developments and their impact on Yorkshire

Plaid Cymru have set up a commission to prove that an independent Wales is possible.

Adam Price, Plaid Cymru leader, stated in an article published by Wales Online:

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/plaid-cymru-independence-commission-price-17238066

“Something is happening in Wales.

Welsh independence is no longer being led just by ourselves, by Plaid alone. It is being taken up by a range of civil society and cultural organisations that seemingly have sprung up overnight.

Polls show that a solid 30% now support independence.

The commission will undertake extensive analysis and develop effective policy to carve a clear pathway to the independence we need as a nation.

Throughout our history, Wales has been lumped in with England in both political and legalistic terms, and so, Wales as a nation, and the interests of its citizens has been marginalised and disregarded. The Commission will draw up a written constitution for an independent Wales, to enshrine our essential rights, and the institutions that will uphold them.

While we seek to distance ourselves from the broken British political system, an independent Wales will strive to maintain robust ties with its neighbours in England, Ireland and Scotland, defined by a new set of relationships.

Plaid Cymru is not a party that is in the business of breaking up Britain. Instead, we want to remake Britain. We want to create a new partnership between the nations of these islands on the basis of equality.”

Note the comment where Mr Price states that Wales has been lumped in with England and that Wales and the interests of its citizens have been marginalised and disregarded. The same could be said for Yorkshire but note also that Mr Price wants to create a partnership between the nations of these islands on the basis of equality. Yorkshire is simply not recognised as any sort of entity even by the nationalist politicians of the home nations.

I would not take issue with Mr Price because the situation of Yorkshire is not his concern. Rightly, Wales is his top priority. However, the situation of Yorkshire is our concern. Is it any wonder that we feel aggrieved when the UK government, UK institutions, the rest of the UK establishment and the home nations do not even recognise our identity and ignore our existence. Marginalised and disregarded; tell me about it!

I think it was in 2015 that the Yorkshire Devolution Movement produced a short essay on Yorkshire independence. That article still exists online:

https://yorkshiredevolution.co.uk/yorkshire-independence-myths-and-realities.html

I am not suggesting for a minute that we even contemplate independence but I think we need to look at what institutions would be necessary to allow us to function as a region; it will most certainly be more than just an assembly; and we also need to look at our status as a “county”. Surely, Yorkshire is more than just any ordinary county. Before the 1974 local government reorganisation, it functioned as three counties, plus York, plus a whole host of city administrations. The problem is that counties do not appear to be recognised as anything other than relatively unimportant areas of local government administration to be changed and messed around at will by Westminster and Whitehall micro managers.

If this is the case and our status is holding us back, then perhaps we should be looking for, dare I say it, nation status. Yorkshire will always be the best county in the world to us but to paraphrase what was said at the time of the local government reorganisation: “The county of Yorkshire still exists. It’s just that its administrative status has changed to that of a nation.”

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