Stop the union flag from disgracing our capital city centre
Stop the union flag from disgracing our capital city centre
Some who do not understand may see it as insignificant, but the recent shoving of the union down our throats in Wales is extremely worrying to a nation who’s whole identity, culture, language and economy was quite literally caned into submission and ruined by the same union over centuries of oppressive rule. Boris Johnson needs to understand that most Welsh people do not identify as British. Wales is not even included on the abysmal Union Jack that includes England, Scotland and Northern Ireland but not wales. To add insult to injury they’re trying to put that disgraceful flag over 8 stories of a central Cardiff tax office. This building was named after William Morgan, perhaps the most high profile figure in the survival of the Welsh language, having translated the bible into Welsh from Greek and Hebrew. So this petitions demands that that flag is kept away from souring our eyes in our home.
Why do most Welsh people not identify as British or want a British flag?
Because England has led an aggressive campaign of oppression over the Welsh for centuries. Let’s face it, British is English. When you do a British accent you most certainly don’t speak in a Welsh, Scottish or Irish accent.
From far in our history England has persecuted us, killing our only king of Wales and the last prince of Wales. It annexed without permission Wales to the English Crown’s property in the statue of Rhuddlan in the greedy landgrabbing banditry that would ensue for centuries. Henry VIII banned the Welsh language in official roles in Wales, catalysing the demise of the language. Over centuries they invaded our lands until our eastern borders shrunk and shrunk until what it is today and took the Welsh marches all for themselves. We are England’s oldest colony - their Western neighbour.
Whilst the English got richer the Welsh got poorer. To this day all the expensive farms and manor homes are still mostly bought and owned by people across the border, with locals priced out of their own towns. Sometimes these purchases are second homes that are used two weeks a year, contributing nothing to local economies or society. As more moved in, towns lost their Welshness, Welsh houses and geography renamed from Welsh names to English names. That hasn’t changed in centuries and started with the English invasions from almost a millennia ago.
The union has benefitted England at the expense of the other three of the four nations (yes Boris I will call them that). Wales has great poverty as a result, many parts, by GDP, worse than parts of Eastern Europe and 4 and a half times less prosperous than London. This has happened from centuries of pillaging and plundering.
They taxed and tolled us to breaking point - the Rebecca riots. Charging us for travelling within our own land until our people couldn’t afford to live.
They broke our identity furthermore by caning our children for speaking Welsh at a national level (Welsh Not) and Brad y Llyfrau Gleision (treachery of the blue books) where, in deeply religious times, Westminster brought out a report saying the Welsh language was evil (furthermore that Welsh were ignorant, lazy and immoral). As a result of all this Welsh people rejected their identity, culture and language in a hope of avoiding persecution and in the hope of getting a job. Hence the demise of the historical welsh language. They even changed their names to English names
Thousands of acres of Welsh land flooded for water for the English - for Birkenhead and the wider Wirral, Liverpool, Cheshire, sometimes Manchester, Birmingham and elsewhere in the midlands. That includes Llyn Celyn (Treweryn), Llyn Vyrnwy, Llyn Brenig, Llyn Clywedog, Elan Valley, Llyn Tegid, Alwen reservoir and possibly more. Thousands of acres of Welsh land for, initially, free water to England. Some contracts set as little as 7p per year for 999 years
From water to coal and slate. English aristocrats moved into Welsh manor houses and big positions in business and society, using local Welsh as a labour force to mine coal and other minerals. The local Welsh and British migrants bore all the risk of death and injury getting paid a pittance, whilst the ruling English took the profit. After hundreds of years of profit, the only thing they left were the waste heaps. One fell into Pantglas school, Aberfan, killing 144 children and adults. These heaps were under management of the National Coal Board, and there was no employment termination, prosecution or fine. There are heaps still here today and they still slip, like in 2020 following storm Dennis. Prince Phillip may have visited but he didn’t stop the British government from taking £150,000 from the Aberfan disaster fund nor the Charity Commision based in London from imposing that no payments should be allowed to go to parents who had lost a child, which was then changed to only after examination to see if the parent and child were close, neither were payments allowed for anyone showing mental illness amongst other restrictions.
Still more resources - they seized 60,000 acres of land in Epynt for the war effort but didn’t compensate the Welsh farmers and haven’t given any back. The war ended the better part of a century ago and they still use it to train for the wars that they decide to start / interfere in.
Now the UK is taking Welsh profits from wind and tidal energy, a sector we lead in that exports lots to English homes. The same theme reoccurs time and time again.
Wales has never voted conservative yet had to put up with many conservative governments that damaged wales - Thatcher, Cameron, May, Johnson. In Parliament Wales had 40 seats and England had 533 i.e. we never had a voice when voting. Now with the redrawing of constituency boundaries they’ve changed it so Wales lose 8 seats and England gains 10 seats. Everything seems to go in England’s favour. They don’t extend furlough when Wales are in lockdown but when England is of course it’s extended. The levelling up fund is supposed to address the poverty England has created, yet no decisions for Wales will be made by Wales. More projects created to make Wales the labourer for England.
The “Prince of Wales” is English, and the Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hunt is a useless representative of Wales. Wales, along with the other nations, pays for the pointless English monarch and therefore millions on palace upgrades and security, whilst the queen lobbies to hide her own expenses. Meanwhile people are eating at food banks. Any gold or silver in any four nations belongs to the crown, not to mention the millions of acres they own.
Now Boris. An absolute embarassment of a prime minister. Who says he loves fox hunting in a “semi sexual way”, that Muslim woman who wear their religious clothing look like “letterboxes” and that he’d “let the bodies pile high” before another lockdown. All equally disgusting. He makes the union jack mandatory for the BBC and civil servants, whilst disallowing the Welsh flag and other four nations, and bans anyone saying “the four nations”. Then pushes “one Britain, one nation” fascist song on Briton’s (note not incorrect spelling) schoolchildren. Spends millions on a Downing Street media room and hundreds of thousands on his personal flat expenses during a pandemic which saw people ruined. But the UK government aren’t shy of terrible spending decisions, HS2 anybody? The biggest waste of money over spent.
There is nothing united between us, no United Kingdom, call your oppression empire what you will. We all fought in the war because we all needed each other. But that’s over now and doesn’t undo the torrent and plethora of ill treatment on either side of the war. What leader allows its people to descend into such a state? We are not one great nation, and cannot play happy families. We’re embarrassed of our neighbours historical land grabbing bloodthirsty empire. They still want to take our Senedd away and shove the union in our faces
So that’s why we don’t want that despicable flag anywhere near our country. No this is not “ugly welsh nationalism”, this is not hatred and racism towards English people, but rather hatred of the ill treatment of Welsh people by English rule. Most Welsh people have relations over the border but first and foremost we are people and we must call out wrong when we see it.
To quote our anthem we all sing - “Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed” Over freedom they lost their blood. But unfortunately, we are not free.