Recently there have been a spate of London Journalists and others who have Welsh Heritage , writing about their former Homeland only to disparage our ambition and portray as an economic Wasteland incapable of running their own affairs.
Another take was Builth Wells born ackensiePolly Mackenzie joined Demos as the new Director in January 2018. She previously worked for Nick Clegg from 2006 to 2015, helping to write the 2010 Coalition Agreement, and served as Director of Policy to the Deputy Prime Minister from 2010-15., who recently entered the field with the claim on Unherd that
But all this excitement about England’s northern border is distracting us from what is happening on its western one. Exactly the same political forces are conspiring to boost the Welsh government and with it the legitimacy of the campaign for Wales’ freedom. Don’t get me wrong: Welsh nationalism is still a minority sport. But polls in the last month or two suggest now a third of voters would choose independence in a referendum tomorrow. 46% of under-25s say they want Wales to be an independent country.
Well to some extent she's right but England was previously a state of warring states , but I wonder how many English people regard King Alfred the Great as just a King of Wessex and not a great "English" King. When did England as a nation begin, under the The Angevin Empire , it could be argued that they regarded and identified with their French territories rather than England and they didn't even speak English.
It wasn't until King John lost them that England began and they concentrated on subduing the other parts of the British Isles.
The question of how much people identified their nationality through Kings, Queens or Princes is an interesting one
Ms Mackenzie does make a telling case , but one wonder what her sources are because at the end of her polemic she writes.
Only now, as Cardiff’s leadership effectively erects a land border down Offa’s dyke, and bans the English from entering, does it seem a possibility. Perhaps the deepest irony is that among the highest support for Welsh independence is in the south west of the country: Pembrokeshire. But it is also one of the parts of Wales that never even fell to Llywelyn: it has never been part of a sovereign “Wales”
The "highest support for Welsh independence is in the south west of the country: Pembrokeshire". Where did she get that from?
I will leave it to others more qualified t o mark Ms Mackensie's essay , but I suspect it will not be a very high one