From IndyCurious to IndyFurious

I’ve been struggling to write recently. 

For me, working in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been all consuming, exhausting, emotionally and physically draining and often quite upsetting.

Each day I sit at my desk trying to do best by the people of Wales promoting well-being and trying to ensure key public health messaging makes it through to the people who need it most; in a way that is relatable and accessible to them.

Although I spend much of my day drafting copy and writing briefs, for me writing is usually a release; a chance to reflect on my work in the wider context of the world around me. But as of late I have found it more and more difficult to tolerate the actions of those who ultimately hold the keys to unlocking success for the world around me. I’ve found it difficult to witness the undermining of the health messaging I am promoting by unprincipled journalist, ignorant ministers and many of the wider public they represent.  I’ve found it difficult to watch the hypocrisy of a central government that has actively undermined and questioned the important role devolved health policy plays in facilitating measures that fulfil the specific needs of the nation in question.  And I can’t even begin with the Cummings saga because there truly are no words to describe how deeply damaging and inconceivable it is.

Which brings me nicely on to my point- when I say I have struggled to write, what I mean to say is that I have struggled to put into polite words the fury, sheer disbelief and heart wrenching frustration I feel watching possibly the most inept gaggle of fools completely betray the people of Wales- putting their lives at risk, and making a mockery of the adverse experiences we have had to endure as a nation over the last x number of weeks.

Why am I writing this now?

I’ve just signed up to the Yes Cymru movement.  Having grown more and more Indy curious over the last year, for me an Independent Wales represents an opportunity to build a global Wales. A forward thinking Wales with well-being at it’s heart and the pathway to prosperity laid before each of its citizens.

An independent Wales, free from the shackles of Westminster enforced austerity, could seek to end poverty within a generation,  build resilient and cohesive communities nourished by a foundational economy that works for them and most importantly measure ourselves not on what we continue to produce as a nation but how well, happy and empowered we are as a people.

An independent Wales could fully embrace the head start we gave ourselves by introducing the worlds first Future Generations Commissioner; and use that focus, that commitment to sustainably build a unified nation to really deliver for, protect and inspire the people of Wales to be their best selves and make sure they have the opportunity to do so.

What does this have to do with the last chapter? Well the last chapter and the behaviours we have witnesses throughout this crisis and actually throughout the whole Brexit debacle have shown that none of this will ever be possible so long as Wales remains a part of – and I’m going to hate myself for using this cheesy line but I’m going to do it anyway- so long as it remains a part of this Dis-United Kingdom. We will not prosper, we will not have true freedom and will not be given the equity to be the healthiest, happiest and safest we can be. 

Many will argue that we cannot afford it but there are equally as many people, if not more who have proved that we can. To truly be in charge of our economy, to not rely on Westminster handouts and not spend years arguing over access to funding for an ugly stretch of road; will mean we have the freedom to develop a unique economy that works for Wales.

Well that all sounds very idealistic doesn’t it?

Some may read this and think what a load of tosh, they may think it a ramble of hopeful nonsense but in all honesty, it really doesn’t have to be. Being in control of our own laws, our own money, our own way of life, it kicks the door of possibility wide open. We could introduce a 4 day week, more flexible working hours, a Universal Basic Income and ensure everyone is able fulfil their right to safe housing and food. Yes it is all very hopeful, but what we need right now is hope. The only resemblance of hope that I have found throughout this crisis is the thought of an independent Wales no longer restrained, hindered or mocked by the Westminster machine.

And the purpose of this isn’t to ask you to join the movement for an independent Wales, but I will ask you to not dismiss it. Whatever the reason, whether it be political affinity, fear, lack of awareness or even if you’re happy with the way things are, I’d invite you to just do a bit more reading on it. Take yourself down an independence rabbit-hole and see if you end up with a vision of a welsh wonderland. And when you’re done put all of the cards on the table and ask yourself what sort of a future you want, and which road is most likely to get you there.

It won’t happen overnight, and yes there is still much to discuss, plan for and think about. But we can do more than make an independent Wales work. We can make an independent Wales and its people thrive like never before.

Below are a few articles that I’ve banded together, not necessarily because they all accurately reflect my view but because they raise some interesting discussion points. There were a few others I can’t seem to find now that previously made some very persuasive cases for both sides of the argument; so please do get in touch if you have further reading suggestions for me to add in or please comment below.

IWA Economics PT1: https://www.iwa.wales/agenda/2020/01/the-economics-of-an-independent-wales-pt-1/

IWA Economics PT2: https://www.iwa.wales/agenda/2020/01/the-economics-of-an-independent-wales-pt-2/

Business Live- Economic case: https://www.business-live.co.uk/economic-development/welsh-independence-economic-case-leaving-16417049

Nation.Cymru- Decade of Independence: https://nation.cymru/opinion/the-2020s-can-be-the-decade-of-the-welsh-independence-movement-if-it-learns-the-lessons-of-the-2010s/

Nation.Cymru- COVID-19 disrupter: https://nation.cymru/opinion/will-the-coronavirus-pandemic-stop-the-welsh-independence-movement-in-its-tracks/

The Atlantic- comparing the Scottish and Welsh movement: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2019/12/uk-election-wales-scotland-independence/603283/

3 thoughts on “From IndyCurious to IndyFurious

  1. I love the idea of an independent Cymru and see no reason it cannot happen
    ‘a land of friends’ what a beautiful and utterly worthy ideal!
    my fear is that the chance of independence and a democratic future may be squandered on misguided racism and nationalism at the expense of solving systemic problems of embedded prejudice like the mistreatment of ageing, disabled, trans-gender and other marginalised people that plague all regions and all facets even of the so-called civilised World.
    We will need to work very hard towards ensuring rights, equality and democracy if we do not want to simply become a poor mockery of the shabby excuse for a democratic union that we now deride.
    I truly have high hopes we will one day develop a fully inclusive and caring society, independent from cynical propagandist dictatorship; but I do have real concern when the words ‘our Country, right or wrong’ seem to loom like a festering alter-ego waiting to jump into the driving seat the moment Westminster lets go. And in all likelihood it will, when it looks like we’re all sliding into the sea..
    Let’s just be sure that what we replace that unhappy regime with is something we can all really be happy about !
    (Mike Young, YesCymru member – Cymru Rydd ! )

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    1. Thanks Mike,

      This is such an important point.

      I really hope that the independent movement provides an opportunity to stamp out the systemic prejudice that has plagued our society for far too long.

      I hope it gives us an opportunity to build a more cohesive and united society- I’m not going to use the word tolerant because I don’t think someone’s skin colour, race, religion, gender, sexual preference or disability is something to be tolerated (as though it’s optional).

      Good to know that there are already many others in the movement who prioritise this because it really is an important aspect of it.

      Huw

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  2. There is absolutely no reason why Wales could not prosper independently and become a nation to admire. There are many smaller countries with fewer resources doing very nicely, thank you. Westminster has always been about England and only England. Everything else is a throwaway afterthought to pacify their remaining “empire”. Wales has been shackled, oppressed and robbed blind by England for decades creating poverty and in turn demoralising the population into accepting the staus quo. This crisis has shown how xenophobic, inward focussed and shambolic Westminster really is – it has also highlighted just how tense and disunited this country has become. I think this marks the end of the status quo and the starto fa new beginning. Excellent articel, by the way. Thank you.

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