One Year to Save the Union

The Institute of Welsh Affairs doesn't seem to have given this any publicity, but has recently put up a series of videos of a debate held in London a couple of weeks ago.

It was chaired by Peter Riddell and featured contributions by David Melding, Leighton Andrews and Adam Price. Use the £20 you've saved to buy your own bottle of wine, then sit back and enjoy.

     

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank MH. Very thoughtful. Who wins the argument? ;-)

M.

Welsh not British said...

Was that really a debate? It was more like a series of speeches.
The unionists are very dull and very boring, the only person who came across as being genuinely excited by the things he was saying was Price.

Ironically he also came across as being the only person who looked interested in what the others had to say.

MH said...

I think neither of you has grasped the importance of the wine.

Up to a few glasses, everything Adam says makes perfect sense. You'll need at least half a dozen before anything Leighton says starts to make any sense. And if you manage ten, you'll start agreeing with David ... and end up buying a copy of his new book!

Cibwr said...

Too late I have already bought it, and W Elliot Bulmer's A Model Constitution for Scotland...

Anonymous said...

Adam seemed the best. Melding comes across as interesting and passionate about federalism, but seems a bit unrealistic. I mean at least he's a unionist that wants to improve the union, but seems like a lone voice in his party.

Anonymous said...

In England we want to see Scotland gone!!! The Union does not work for us.

Independent England said...

Independence for England!!

Anonymous said...

"28 September 2013 10:59 Anonymous said...
In England we want to see Scotland gone!!! The Union does not work for us."

This isn't true, perhaps unfortunately. There was a poll showing more people in England wanted an independent Scotland, than Scots did, but it wasn't a majority.

I think there's an interesting dynamic in parts of 'English nationalism', in that they proclaim they really want an independent Scotland, and want to see it happen, but they also predict it would be a nightmare or would be bad for the Scots- a kind of 'good riddance' attitude. This is really different to the position in Welsh nationalism where we're more about solidarity and wishing them well. I think if English nationalism emerges as an organised political force it is going to have very different characteristics to the friendly sub-state nationalisms we're used to in western Europe.

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