Sunday, 27 September 2015

Winning at Rugby is not the sum total of our National Identity

Don't get me wrong I am still  overwhelmed by Yesterdays Victory for Wales against England in the Rugby World Cup.

But is this the total amount of ambition for us as a Nation . Just identifying ourselves with a Rugby victory?

Today in Catalunya there is an election that is a defacto plebiscite over Independence 

The plan to hold an election in 2015 was announced on January 15, 2015 by President Artur Mas. President Mas said that it was his intention to turn the election into an alternative vote on the independence of ,Catalunya with pro-independence parties including the independence process in their respective programs, due to the inability of holding a legal referendum on the issue.[1]
It will take place as a result of the Catalunya independence movement, and will be the third Catalan election in only five years, after the 2010 and 2012 elections. It will be the first regional Catalonian election in which Democratic Convergence of  Catalunya (CDC) and Democratic Union of Catalunya UDC) run separately, after the dissolution of the Convergence and Union (CiU) in June 2015. It will be the first time this has happened in any kind of election since the 1977 general election. Instead, UDC will run on its own, while CDC will run together with Republican Left of  (Catalunya ERC), Democrats of  (Catalunya DC) and Left Movement (MES) under the Together for Yes (JxSí) platform, with support from members of the pro-independence Catalan National Assembly (ANC), Òmnium and the Municipalities' Association for Independence (AMI), with Artur Mas as the agreed presidential candidate.

There is no  reason for us not to link our fee;imgs of a Nation through sport .

For many Catalans through their beloved Barca sees an expression of that at ever Barcelona Home game

In keeping with the team's history, Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium has become a hub for supporters of self-rule. "At 17 minutes and 14 seconds into each half, the fans start chanting 'independence'," Marina said. The timing relates to the year when Catalonia first became part of Spain. 

Below they sing the join in the famous chant as the clock reaches 1714 .

 Will we ever see a chant for Independence at the Millennium Stadium when the  clock reaches 15:36 (1282 won't obviously work) when Welsh law, which continued to be used in Wales after the conquest, was fully replaced by English law, under what would become known as the Act of Union?


  1. Why is the advertising all for Rugby World Cup England 2015 when the Millenium Stadium Cardiff is one of the venues? Why is it not England and Wales 2015? Meanwhile, all the best to Catalunya!

  2. No chance - the WRU values its relationship with the british crown far too much to allow anything like that breaking out during a game!

  3. Was the 1999 World Cup known as the Wales, England and France World Cup?

  4. Saturday’s result was great but yet again the opinion that welsh people are only concerned about and happy if we beat the English at rugby is being reinforced and beamed around the world and dominating everything in Wales, politics included.

    It’s utterly cringe worthy and why as a first step we need the footballers to qualify for the 2016, to show the world that Wales is about more than rugby, and it would be nice to see Wales's national party running our Assembly but there’s fat chance of that either.