William and Katy: A Welsh Response

Now that we’ve all had time to think about it, what should be the patriotic Welsh response to the wedding of William Windsor and Kate Middleton? For although we would like it to be otherwise, in the eyes of the world there are strong Welsh connections.

To begin with, William is the son of Charles, referred to by those who know no better as the “Prince of Wales”. In time, if he ascends the English throne, Charles might hand over that silly title to William. Then there’s the matter of William serving in granny’s air force and, more importantly for us, being based on Ynys Môn. Finally, due to the toadies at the Welsh Rugby Union, he is a patron or some such of that sport.

So to pretend that this is an entirely English affair is simply not an option. Nor is ignoring the whole circus an acceptable approach because those who ignore it are liable to be themselves ignored. Or, perhaps, knowing how our enemies interpret these things, all those ignoring the event will be regarded as being ‘shy’ or closet royalists, just as all those who did not vote in the 1997 referendum were virulently hostile to devolution.

Which leaves us no realistic alternative but to organise counter events on the day of the wedding. While we might not be able to compete in numbers with those who use any excuse for a street party and a skinful we can certainly compensate in quality for any shortfall in numbers. For our gatherings will be attended by those who have made up their minds to swim against the tide of hysteria and crude politicking that will begin soon after Christmas.

Let’s get started. Let’s set ourselves an initial target of ten or a dozen family events around the country where people can enjoy a day of being Welsh, a day of dignified refusal to sanction or support yet another expensive royal extravaganza. Not only will we feel better for organising such a day, but it might have long term benefits for the nation.

UPDATE: So now we know that the wedding will take place on Friday, April 29 and it will be a public holiday in Englandandwales. (Though not in Scotland where, interestingly, the decision rests with the Scottish parliament.)
William’s family will be paying for the wedding(!) but the State – i.e. you and I – will pay for security, transportation, etc. In other words, a near bankrupt country will pay tens of millions of pounds in the hope of generating a feelgood factor, while also encouraging a sense of British political unity and social cohesion.
One of our targets must be to ensure that the neither the Notional Assembly nor our local authorities wastes a penny on this circus designed to promote English hegemony within the framework of British cultural and political unity.

Times Is Getting Hard

The world is currently experiencing the worst economic crisis in living memory, due to the ‘advanced’ economies paddling wilfully up Shit Creek and then losing their paddles. The UK canoe is badly holed and despite assurances from our political masters that we’re all in it together it is clear that, yet again, we Welsh are going to experience rather more ordure than the rest.
     To this backdrop of impending financial meltdown two stories caught my eye today that I could not allow to pass without comment.
The first I picked up on the BBC website. A curious tale about how, due to the economic climate, English councils will have to cut back, possibly close, their ‘outdoor education centres’ in Wales. The piece made great play of the fact that such centres employ 450 people in north Wales alone. Which may be true, but apart from a few cooks and cleaners, I guarantee that few if any of those employees are Welsh.
     I could see no point to this story other than flying a kite for a future appeal to the Notional Assembly or local councils, especially Cyngor Gwynedd, for funding. It would appear that these English councils are hoping we will fund their colonial outposts in Wales and pay the salaries of the English staff running them! Nice try – now let’s tell them where to get off.
What Cyngor Gwynedd should do is let these places close then re-open them with Welsh staff and charge the English councils – or anyone else – prepared to pay to spend time in our hills. Thereby creating WELSH jobs and generating income. But not a penny from the Welsh public purse must go to sustaining the current colonialist system.
The other story is of course the news that Prinz Wilhelm Saxe-Coburg-Gotha is to marry his girlfriend Kate Middleton in late spring or early summer next year. Good luck to them both.
     Given that Wilhelm is the son of Karl, soi-disant Prince of Wales, there will doubtless be calls from the usual suspects for Wales to ‘celebrate’ the event. (Especially as he is a pilot at a family air base on Ynys Môn.) This will involve spending a great deal of money that Wales can not afford on toadying to the English royal family. On showing ‘loyalty’.
Let us get this straight now, so that there can be no misunderstanding in the next few months; let us put down a marker for the Assembly, our local authorities, and anyone else wanting to spend public money on celebrating Wilhelm’s nuptials: don’t even think about it!!

      Wales is the poorest part of a basket-case economy so don’t expect us to stand idly by while you waste money Wales can not afford on celebrating a marriage that means nothing to most of us. Because if you do, you risk a re-run of 1969, and this time it won’t just be nationalists causing problems.

UPDATE November 17: As if to confirm my suspicions about the forthcoming circus Newsnight last night had a ‘debate’. The invited guests were: David Starkey, Simon Schama and Rachel Johnson.
Want to trivialise the monarchy and turn people off? Then have a studio event involving two flouncing TV ‘historians’ and Boris’s kid sister. Couldn’t do better myself. (Though given the left-wing slant of Newsnight this was probably the intention.)