Nationalism ‘inherently right-wing’ and incompatible with socialism,
The First Minister has said that Welsh nationalism is an “inherently right-wing creed” and that people must choose between it and socialism.
Speaking to Nick Robinson on Radio 4, Mark Drakeford was quizzed on whether independence for Wales would be worthwhile in order to avoid Conservative UK Governments.
“Have you never thought, over the years, the decades since, been tempted to think maybe we have a real chance of achieving the socialism we want in Wales by being nationalist?” Nick Robinson asked.
“Margaret Thatcher was in power for all that time as heavy industry was being run down if not destroyed, even now is there not a bit of you that thinks – we could have avoided dominance by an English Tory party?”
Mark Drakeford replied that he’s never been attracted by nationalism.
“In the end, I think it’s an inherently right-wing creed that operates by persuading people that they are because they are against what somebody else is,” he said. “And I think in the end that is a deeply unattractive creed.
“Rhodri [Morgan, the former First Minister] used to say that Margaret was the greatest recruiting sergeant for devolution. But if you try and work out why people in Wales rejected devolution so strongly in 1979 and were willing by a small margin to endorse it in 1997 it was the experience of those long years of Thatcherism.
“And for me, devolution is the best of both worlds. It allows us to remain part of the United Kingdom and draw on the strength of being part of that collective whole. But it puts decisions about what happens in Wales in the hands of people who live in Wales.
“I’m a fierce supporter of devolution. But I also want Wales to be part of the wider collective in which we have that big insurance policy which the United Kingdom provides in which we pool our resources and we redistribute them out to where the need is greatest.”
Mark Drakeford said that he had grown up in the 60s in the Carmarthen area during the time of Plaid Cymru leader Gwynfor Evans’ victory and had chosen very early to be a socialist instead of a nationalist.
“The start of almost every day of my school life was people bring in roadsigns that they had collected overnight, and depositing them in different rooms in the school,” he said.
“But it meant that I had to face very early on really the choice between whether you were a nationalist or you were a socialist. And by the time I was about 14 I had already decided that I was a socialist.
“That the accident of geography, the chance of birth that you’re born in one’s particular spot on the planet, is less important – much as being Welsh matters to me, and it matters to me deeply in terms of the language and the history and the culture and so on.
“But in the end, the interests of working people in Carmarthen are the same as the interests of working people in Canterbury, or other parts of the United Kingdom, and that’s a more important bond.”
Now regular readers of this blog wil know that i don't Identify myself as an Nationalists but as an Independista , leaving the former to the luikes of British Unionists like Mark Drakeford.
Even those in the Labour Party that wish to Remain or rejoin in the EU would not seek to surrender all their sovereignty to another nation.
They are in fact British Nationalists and they refuse to admit it because they may well ‘inherently right-wing’ , Identifying with the British State is surley a form of Nationalism or is it something altogether different if you are a socialists?