Taking A Break

In recent months I have given much thought to my lifestyle. I’m spending far too much time at my computer, writing my blog and other things; reading, watching television, or just filling my head with information I’d be none the poorer for not knowing. Then there’s Twitter, Facebook, texts, e-mails. And so often I’m not even sure who I’m dealing with . . . I suspect many are socialists, or oafs in baseball caps. Even socialist oafs in baseball caps! People I wouldn’t bother with in the real world. It has become clear to me that this technology, promised to be the great servant of mankind, can, if we allow it, become our master, exerting an unhealthy influence over our lives.

Another issue encouraging my return to the real world is the new wave of US entrepreneurs and capitalists behind this revolution. They may look and sound like unworldly geeks, but when it comes to business, with their monopolistic ambitions and their tax-dodging, they are more ruthless than Ford, Rockefeller and J P Morgan ever were. Do I really want to use anything over which these amoral weirdoes have control? Do I want to use software or social networking that is all the while gathering information about me? Do I want to download a harmless ‘update’, only to find that I have, totally unwillingly and without warning, also installed a toolbar, a search engine, anti-virus software, tracking cookies and God knows what else? No, I do not.

Don’t run away with the idea that I am Thoreaurejecting new technology entirely and going live in a cave, but I will in future be drastically reducing the time I spend on my computer. My Twitter account will be closed soon, and so will my Facebook page (which I never could see the value of). As for my blog, I shall keep it open but resort to it less. Maybe a weekly or bi-weekly post, supplemented by ‘specials’ if I think I have something worth saying. For while I believe some of my postings have had an effect, particularly those dealing with the Third Sector and other obvious forms of mismanagement or corruption, at the end of the day, blogging could be viewed as a cheap form of vanity publishing.

‘Why now?’ you might ask. Well, there comes a point when you realise you’re repeating yourself. Largely because the stupidly of politicians, and the perfidy of those who manipulate them, is unchanging. As is the gullibility of  too many Welsh voters. Only the characters and the circumstances change. One Third Sector scandal is much like another. And when a blogger finds himself referring back to his own earlier posts then he should realise that he’s said it all before. Such is the situation with me.

In addition, my mother has just died, a milestone in any man’s life. So now seems the right time to make my return to the real world. Before finishing, I’d like to thank you all for reading my blog, both at its original home with Google Blogger, and more recently here, courtesy of Gwilym ab Ioan of S C Cambria. Thank you also for your support and comments over the years. What follows may be my last post for a while, in it I try to give my honest assessment of the situation in Wales today, and how we got here.



When I joined the nationalist movement in the mid-ʼ60s I joined something vibrant and exciting, there was a ‘We’re not taking this shit any more!’ attitude, and a belief that change would be brought about by pressure from below, by activists like us. And for a while we had the system worried. But by 1975, the high-water mark had been reached, and Welsh nationalism was in retreat. For by now the British Establishment understood what it was dealing with. It knew how far Welsh nationalism was prepared to go, what barriers it wouldn’t cross; it had worked out who could be bought, or intimidated; and it understood that by guiding a nationalist movement without mass support into politics that that movement was never going to threaten the status quo.

And so it proved. After Plaid Cymru won Carmarthen in 1966, Meirionnydd and Caernarfon in 1974, after seventeen years of Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, after the Free Wales Army (FWA), Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru (MAC) and countless other manifestations of Welsh nationalism, on St. David’s Day 1979 just 20.26% of us voted for a Welsh Assembly. That the devolution referendum of 1997 was won was due to Margaret Thatcher and eighteen years of Conservative rule. It had nothing to do with Plaid Cymru. Even then, many Labour voters argued that we didn’t need devolution – Labour was back in power! (A good example of the mentality of the ‘Donkey Labour’ voter; rejecting devolution because it’s only needed when the Tories are in power but unable to work out that the Tories will never give Wales devolution!)


By the early 1970s the English Establishment had worked out the following facts. Plaid Cymru was essentially a linguistic and cultural movement which, once the initial excitement had worn off, would have little appeal to the anglophone majority. Many of the language activists were simply after their own niche in the English system, some proving themselves to be ruthlessly ambitious. While the most sincere and selfless element of Welsh nationalism, those who resorted to direct action, were not prepared to take a human life. Just to be sure, the English Establishment put it place a colonisation strategy to encourage English settlers into Wales, using agencies as diverse as higher education and tourism, plus quangos such as the Development Board for Rural Wales.

It was downhill from there. Apart from the Meibion Glyndŵr campaign and groups such as the Welsh Socialist Republican Movement, Cofiwn, Cyfamodwyr, Wales was quiescent. Plaid Cymru went through various colour changes – red, green, pink – and Cymdeithas yr Iaith’s best days were behind it, its victories nearly all won in the first twenty years of its existence. Whatever came to us now would be gifted by our masters without them having to worry about pressure from below. Even the Meibion Glyndŵr campaign, which had widespread popular support, did nothing to remove the problem of holiday homes.


Which brings me to a consideration of Wales today. Plaid Cymru can be discounted entirely. Exposed and discredited. Infiltrated and manipulated. A former leader openly talking about joining the Labour Party. More concerned with socialism and environmentalism than with nationalism. Its ambition limited to being junior partner in a Labour-led coalition. Quite happy to see the Welsh countryside covered with wind turbines and populated with English settlers. Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg, or the wider language-cultural movement, stands exposed as a bunch of weak-kneed charlatans. Deluding themselves that another school in Cardiff is fair exchange for the loss of Ceredigion. Smug and complacent on the moral high ground, as the enemy takes over the land below. Direct action? There is none.

Ah! but we’ve got devolution, you reply. No. What we have is a system in which a bunch of second-rate politicians faff about in a leaky building down Cardiff docks while real power is increasingly exerted by English civil servants and organisations of which most of us have never heard – Planning Inspectorate, Housing Directorate, Wales Rural Observatory, countless Third Sector shyster-wagons, etc. – for which we never voted. So don’t kid yourself that this system fronted by Carwyn and his gang is devolved and democratic government, or that it’s doing anything for us. It is nothing but English colonialism with its repulsive features partly disguised with a Welsh veil.


The biggest issue facing the Welsh nation is its very survival. Partly due to ‘Wales’ becoming divorced from ‘the Welsh’. Allowing politicians and academics, journalists and others, to crow about something being ‘wonderful for Wales’ when it offers Welsh people nothing, or is even detrimental to their interests. Tourism, for example. To the point where people can even bang on about Wales being ‘a rainbow nation’, with we Welsh nothing more than another exotic component. Hand in hand with this divorce goes the trivialisation of Welsh identity, and a careful promotion of what are considered to be acceptable expressions of Welshness. So that some tart on a reality TV show would be an acceptable face of ‘Welshness’, but a dignified patriot rejecting an ‘honour’ from the English Queen would be a narrow bigot, an extremist.

EuphemismThese Orwellian interpretations dominate Welsh life. Exemplified by the approach to colonisation. Wales today has ‘incomers’ or ‘in-migrants’, and ‘people from other parts of Britain’, or even ‘from over the border’. These can be ‘retirees’, or people ‘looking for a better quality of life’ (even ‘good-lifers’ is acceptable). They can even be, in the memorable phrase of Wyn Roberts, “this beneficent influx”. You can use any bloody euphemism you choose, but they must never be called ‘English’. To do so would be ‘racist’. Exposing a pathetic self-censorship, perhaps even self-intimidation. This is the level of debate we have sunk to in Wales; one corrupted by political correctness and poisoned by a variant of socialism that would be ridiculed and rejected from Bilbao to Barcelona to Belfast.

From now on the only issue must be the fight against colonisation and the threat it poses to the survival of Welsh nationhood. Everything else is secondary or irrelevant. Whether it’s ‘saving the planet’ (as if Wales could make any bloody difference!) or the chimera of extra power for those clowns I mentioned earlier in the leaky building. Because no matter how many lies are told, how imaginative the euphemisms employed, or how many distractions promoted, WE know the truth: England is carrying out a colonisation programme in Wales that is excluding and marginalising the Welsh (apart from those needed to disguise the process) with the intention of destroying Welsh national identity. Fight this evil wherever you find it. It is the biggest threat the Welsh nation has ever faced.

26 thoughts on “Taking A Break

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  3. D Morris

    H, the state we’re in we need more than a few blogging voices to save Cymru, of course we could all do something more positive and join Plaid Glyndwr?

    Just thinking out aloud H.

  4. Jac – really sorry to hear about your Mam, please accept the condolences of someone who has followed your blog for some time.

    Please don’t stay away for too long – you have a provided an eclectic forum for debate and have had the fortitude to say what the majority of us know to be true. For as long as we are made to feel strangers in our own land we will need a voice. For as long as we have to watch as our children are priced out of our communities we will need a voice. For as long as we are asked not to speak our own language in the workplace or in a store we will need a voice.

    We are sadly witness to the accelerated “Cornwallification of Cymru. The systematic destruction of our home and the degrading of our culture to level of ‘local colour’. We will soon become a region of strange accents / customs and of curious ‘locals’ that is the wet-dream of the tourist ‘industry’ that benefits our long-term guests only. Who has the balls to stop this? The truth is that the majority of our AMs are intellectually not up to the job and seem more concerned about their own interests rather than that of our nation. When reading the latter part of your blog, I felt a similar pang of sadness as I did after reading RST’s “Reservoirs” for the first time. I am also reminded that RST lays the blame for our sorry state squarely on our own shoulders. We seem to care too much of what those with the sharp elbows think of us…

    Diolch Jac,


  5. Jac my heartfelt sympathies & condolences. Chin up ffrind. Silver linings and all that.

    You probably DO need a break. It’s tough for you at the moment, Time will heal.

    I’ll miss you whilst you’re gone, but fully understand the way you probably feel at the moment – I’ve gone through similar periods like that myself, You have to come up for air sometimes & look around you so as to take an audit of your life. You’ll feel better for it.

    Thanks for the mention, it’s been a pleasure setting up this blog for you – don’t stay away too long, otherwise you’ll forget everything you’ve learnt in that little “back office”!!!

    PS I’m in full agreement with you (for a change) on your evaluation of ‘yesterday’, ‘today’ & ‘tomorrow’ a good and accurate assesment I echo the exact same sentiments. It IS depressing but a reality I fear – I came to that conclusion eleven years ago.

  6. Keith Parry

    Sorry to hear of your loss. I have enjoyed reading your blogs, they provide a much needed independent view of events in Wales. I hope you will return to blogging in time.

  7. Robin

    Losing a parent is a major event, please accept my sympathy.
    I don’t always agree with you, Jac, but your blog has been a great source of reflection and entertainment. You go where few dare to tread and do so with a style and lightness of touch that no-one in the Welsh blogosphere can match. Enjoy the sabbatical.

  8. a change of personnel

    Condolences on the loss of your mother Jac

    As others have said leave the blog live, you might feel like coming back to it in six months or a year – I lose interest in blogging and Welsh politics at regular intervals and now blog as the mood takes me.

    Vanity publishing or not you’ve had a bigger impact than most bloggers and you represent a strand of Welsh public opinion that isn’t main stream, it would be a shame to lose that voice even if I don’t always agree with you.

  9. treforus

    My condolences on the passing of your mother. Take six months off blogging entirely and you may return refreshed.

  10. Greta

    What you need is a mind detox. Try A C Grayling’s “The God Argument – The case against religion” and wherever you see “god” in the text, substitute “political ideology”.
    There’s an imaginary pint of Hancock’s best bitter at the imaginary Harbour Bar of The Mermaid Hotel waiting for you.
    Iechyd da!

  11. Don

    But you didn’t say “fight the Labour party” you imply fighting the colonist, which is your pet name for English people.

    Your are the TWAT and a big one, you have a constipated mind because you can’t understand why other Welsh don’t see other British people like the way you do.

    Having control over who posts on your fascist blog is the limit of your influence…enjoy it.

    1. Jac

      You’re a bigger twat than I thought you were. This is what I wrote: “England is carrying out a colonisation programme in Wales that is excluding and marginalising the Welsh (apart from those needed to disguise the process) with the intention of destroying Welsh national identity. Fight this evil wherever you find it. It is the biggest threat the Welsh nation has ever faced.” I am clearly referring to a “colonisation programme” (of the UK government) not ‘colonists’, as you say, nor any other persons or groups. Now do us all a favour . . .

  12. D Morris

    Jac, firstly, I’m sorry to hear about the sad news regarding your mam, please accept my condolences.

    I’ve always valued your opinion over the years and have mostly agreed with your forthright views. I along with many others will miss your regular posts, they will be greatly missed. However I’m sure you’ll keep your finger on the pulse of Welsh politics and give advice when needed.

  13. FM

    Good luck Jac – nice to see a view of nationalism in Wales that isn’t mired with socialism and also really sorry to hear about your Mam – thanks again

  14. Don

    *Colonisation* “fight it wherever you find it”

    That is a threat and incitement, it needs to tackled because it is a blatant threat to a certain group of people based on their accent.

    1. Jac

      Colonisation is a process, a political strategy. If I wrote ‘Fight the Labour Party’, would I mean go and attack Labour Party members?

      The only thing “blatant” is that you’re a twat. So fuck off, you’ve had your last appearance on my blog.

    1. Don, you’ve been called a few names on here, but what no one has mentioned is that you’re a TOTAL arse-hole.

      It takes a hayena to go in for the kill when the prey is down. You are a disgrace – I personally wouldn’t piss on you or your types if I saw you on fire.

      You have the cheek to say Jac is bigoted & bitter and then you come up with a comment like that at exactly the wrong time – sorry – you’re not an arse-hole – you’re a SUPER ARSE-HOLE. Now fuck off back to the sewer you just crawled out of..

  15. “My Twitter account will be closed soon, and so will my Facebook page (which I never could see the value of).”

    I would suggest not closing them down, at least not yet. Get your twitter linked to your FB (in that order so it auto posts to your FB not the other way around). And then either set up a tweet service via a site like dlvr.it or twitterfeed or just use the tweet buttons on your posts to tweet your new posts.

    It’s slow going building up but the more you have following/liking the more followers/likes you will get. Looking at the stats of my FB and it makes me question the blog not the FB page as the difference is startling! Whether it’s all worth it in the end is a question for another day. At least by not deleting them (yet) you still have them if you change your mind.

    1. Jac

      I know you mean well, Stu, but I’m not looking to get more followers or ‘likes’. I want out, and back to the real world. This is not a spur of the moment decision, I’ve been thinking about it for a while. The gradual winding down starts later today.

  16. My condolences for the loss of your mother, Jac.

    You’ve consistently provided a pointed, more often than not entertaining, look at Wales. Your candour has been refreshing when the only alternative is bland technocrats like myself. I might not necessarily agree with everything you say, but you’re been brave enough to say it, when people like me might shy away from calling a spade a spade for whatever reason.

    We all need a break sometimes, and I’ve been where you are many times – probably at least three times a year – I’ve even had posts like this “ready to go” at short notice should I decide to pack it. I do hope that you continue to do it though, even if as you say it’s only weekly or less.

    Be proud of what you’ve done here, because I think you’ve made a bigger impact than you think. I might not think things are as bad as you say they are – even if I’m not exactly an optimist – but at the very least you remind people like me that we can lose the whole lot if we take our eyes off the ball, and we’ve come too far to chuck it all down the drain because we couldn’t be bothered to ask awkward questions.

    1. daffy2012

      Maybe Owen doesn’t realize how bad things are because he doesn’t live in the western parts of Wales which used to be labelled ‘Y Fro’ ?

  17. daffy2012

    Oh Jac, I am so sorry to hear about your mam. We would read a little about her from time to time in your posts. I hope she lived a long and happy life. It must be such a difficult time for you now and my thoughts are with you and your family.

    Take care of yourself and I hope to read some more of your thoughts some time in the future.

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