Dream of independence ... but not by night

When I read Adam Price's essay about the future for Plaid Cyrmu in the Western Mail today I was a little perplexed at his choice of phrase when he said:

We behave – to borrow an analogy from another context – like “closet nationalists”, frightened of people’s reactions to who we really are and what we believe. This convinces no-one and leaves us looking weak and even devious, which is worse. It’s time we came out and said it: our dream is Welsh independence.

Western Mail, 15 June 2011

Isn't dream rather wishy-washy? Aim, purpose, goal all seem to be better words for him to have chosen.

So it was time for a little lateral thinking; to join up the dots in a different way, and to remember that someone born in Wales had already given the answer:

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.

T E Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom 1922

Time to live rather more dangerously. That is what you meant, Adam, isn't it?

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Anonymous said...

or (if one is still allowed to quote Zionist thinkers) Theodor Herzl:

'if you will it, it is no dream.'

from the title page of 'Altneuland' ('Hen Wlad Newydd') or 'Tel Aviv' in the Hebrew translation.


MH said...

It's fine by me. After all, Adam just quoted Ariel Sharon.

Anonymous said...

... slightly off subject, but piece about the Irish Naval Service on RTE:


Anonymous said...

I don't know why or how Adam is being seen as the "be all and end all" for Plaid Cymru. Yes, definitely he is the best of the Plaid bunch- although I am a fan of Simon Thomas and Lindsey Whittle so far in this years Assembly. They've really impressed me.

But can I see him lead the party as Salmond has? I really can't. I think he really will polarise public opinion- but hey, maybe that is what Wales needs?

He's been dubbed as the leader in waiting, however I wonder if anyone has asked him if he wants to?, is he actually still a member of Plaid? Why has he actually gone to Harvard rather than contest this years Assembly election?

Off topic too;
whats the deal with Eurful ap Gwilym; I think he's great. Is there any reason why he has not ran for office and any murmurs whether he will run in the future?

Anonymous said...

Anon 21:03

Looks like it would give the RN a run for its money. Quite impressive. Hopefully Wales will have a similar capability one day.

Anonymous said...

Martin Luther King had a dream, and that seems to have worked out alright.


Gwilym ap Llew said...

Adam Price (Y Brenin mewn alltud is right to point out that there has been a hidden agenda of Welsh independence. Many voters see through the pretence.

Perhaps a profitable way forward would be to give up all ideas of Welsh independence altogether, merely concentrating on defending the rights of the Welsh people, firmly within the United Kingdom. That would be a vote-winner!

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