Not sure about Scotland, but Wales votes overwhelmingly left wing and yet always has got right wing government in Westminster since the demise of Attlee over 60 years ago. The nonsense between the Tories in Westminster and Labour in Cardiff Bay over devolved NHS and education has turned a lot off the 3 main Unionist parties (4 now with loose cannon Nigel and his band).
And if I was a teacher or an NHS employee in Wales, I would be really upset at all the undermining by David Cameron and his Health and Education Secretaries who have all seemed so keen to say England is much better than Wales. Welsh health and education have nothing to do with them and they should butt out.
Considering our overall land mass and common language ( Welsh aside), why would anyone want to fragment it any further, If combined, we are still a force to be reckoned with in this dysfunctional world,and are protected by our coastline. The process of devolution of taxation is still in it's infancy, and devolution is all that is required,even Greater Manchester is now being deemed as responsible for local budget allocation. I do not trust groups who have their own self interest at heart which can destabilise the moderate UK majority, it is just as well Scotland didn't vote for independence, as they would be skint by now, not that the SNP has admitted as much. A great pity that Wembley was built in London and not Birmingham, which only shows that there is still a long way to go to escape the London centric policies, so even us English have reservations on that score, and have sympathies with with our cousins. GLA
Man, you really need to read back thro what you have posted this week. We aren't coming out of suspension, the drilling company isn't sold, the money isn't in the bank (what bit of on or before 30th April don't you understand) Your postings are so woeful you cannot possibly be a deramper but a sad depressed individual who if he continues in this vein will either commit suicide or drive the rest of us to it!!! Why don't you have a nice holiday between now and the 5th May or talk about something cheery like the General Election! Just don't try and give the impression like others on here that think they know anything about the political situation in Scotland!
That was probably a wise move, not because you are English but because Swansea football fans have a reputation for being not very pleasant people unlike their rugby counterparts. The worst trouble happens when Swansea play Cardiff at football. Strangely though the same fixture in rugby is good natured, win or lose.
Last time I went to Wales was about 18 years ago and loved it. Everyone so nice (Llangorse Campsite). Went into a Pub in Swansea and there was a Football match on and just finishing. 'Unfortunately', the English Won and they were cursing us. My Lady Friend at the time was Welsh (Still is!), so I kept my mouth shut so she went to order the Beers! I thought better of it than put on my Welsh accent for fear of sounding Indian! LOL. Narrow Escape! Couldn't really go the barman and Say, "What-Ho old Chap, Good game good game". Wouldn't have been served and shown the door! (I dislike Football intensely and almost every sport that involves balls of any shape or size). ;)
I don't for a minute believe that Wales would want to go it alone, we have a pretty good balance now with devolution. I for one would not vote for independence and I have met very few that would. Having been back in wales for two years after 30 years in London I really like the way things are being run here. Save us from the likes of UKIP or the Greens is all I ask, both are as nuts as each other in their own unique ways.
rr, yes, that's about size of it. If we said yes, it would be sink or swim - like Ireland, like any other nation in Europe. No appetite in N Ireland or Wales to go it alone yet, but if Scotland leaves eventually and succeeds as a nation state things might change quite quickly.
I think all 4 nations (England, NI, Wales, Scotland) are royalist and would want a Queen or King. And we in Wales are friends with England (apart from rugby and football and charging the English £6.50 to enter Wales) and it would be a mutual and friendly divorce. And I think the Union of 4 nations would still be strong, probably stronger if we were 4 UK nation states with a seat on the United Nations and European representation for each of our nations. And the nuclear deterrent, if we need to keep it, should be moved from Scotland to the Isle of Dogs if Mr Millegeron (amalgamation of names of 3 leaders) wants to keep it - best it is as close to Westminster as possible.
wales and northern ireland give them all a vote on leaving the uk but with no promises of this that and the other , you will get the same as everybody else and if they vote to go their own way no problem we are just good neighbours you sink or swim end of.
Yes, discussing ale houses and election is a good thing to do for a week or two. photo. I thought your analyis was spot on. Farage's tactic of attacking the BBC and the audience as left wing fools was interesting, and I felt he was losing ground, knew he will struggle to win his seat and is about to resign as UKIP leader if that happens. So he is taking even bigger chances than usual and is still good entertainment.
Our First Minister in Wales (Carwyn Jones, Labour) is clearly miffed that Leanne is getting all the attention. She is sweet - I have met her and chatted with her and she is very "local" to these valleys. A real socialist (far to the left of Carwyn and Millipede) and a Republican who will have nothing to do with royal visits to Wales or "God Save the Queen". She calls the Queen Mrs Windsor and will not even recognise titles like that. She still lives in the family terraced house she was brought up in, which is a far cry from Buck House, Balmoral and Sandringham. Leanne is so close to Sturgeon and Bennett, and they believe they will be influential together with a tranche of 50-70 seats (50+ SNP, 3 PC and 2 or 3 Green) after May 7th. And their bottom line will be cancelling nuclear weapon expenditure, encouraging further devolution powers as promised by Cameron, Clegg and Millipede before Scottish vote to remain in UK, and possibly independence for the nations of the UK eventually and, as far as Wales and Scotland are concerned, supporting European unity in all its forms whatever England decides in 2017 (if that referendum ever takes place).
And I think Labour might begin to subtly shift their stance on all those issues after Election if they think they can grasp power off Cameron and Sharron Osborne.
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