(Start of new series of regular articles comparing some of GWLAD’s manifesto policies to other parties’ policies)
NEXT year, 2021, is going to be a transformative election for Wales.
One transformative policy of ours is to seek a more de-centralized Wales
To re-balance political and cultural power in Wales to better reflect the nature of life in this nation.
For far too long, the political class have been ensconced in their comfortable bubble in Cardiff Bay- removed from the real concerns of Welsh communities throughout the land.
Reaction to this fact has now sadly manifested itself into reality, with the emergence of an outright Abolish the Assembly party.
To counter the threat of the AA party – and spark the interest of a wider apathetic public – some REAL change has got to be on the agenda for next year’s election.
Same old, same old, just won’t cut it any more.
That’s why GWLAD are proposing moving specific governmental functions out of Cardiff Bay to other parts of Wales. To provide jobs in other parts of the nation, and provide a better balance in our national governance.
With the ultimate aim of establishing a second capital for Wales somewhere in west/mid Wales.
A ‘two capital nation’ scenario is already in place in several other countries including the Netherlands, Montenegro, Malaysia, South Korea and Chile.
In these nations, the ‘official’ capital is augmented with another capital, which often performs governmental and legislative functions.
For example, in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is the official capital, but the Dutch Parliament sits in The Hague.
Montenegro (a nation of just one million people) has its official capital in Podgorica, but it’s ‘honorary’ capital and parliament is in Cetinje, as a gesture to the nation’s past.
Maybe that’s just the example that Wales should follow.
No one would deny that Cardiff has solidified its place as Wales’s capital over the years, with a brand awareness that now extends beyond Wales to the UK and Europe at large.
But Wales also needs a real economic and cultural counter-balance to Cardiff, and a second capital could perform that exact function.
An ‘honorary’ capital for Wales could be situated perhaps in Aberystwyth, in view of Aber’s strong and enduring links to Welsh cultural life over the years.
Others would point to Machynlleth – the seat of Owain Glyndwr’s first parliament in 1404 – as the best site for such an honorary capital. It certainly would have a cast iron historical case.
It’s also an ideal location in mid-Wales to serve the needs of modern Wales today.
When Independence arrives, Wales will need a new parliament building in its honorary capital, which can properly reflect the epic historical story of the Cymry over the centuries.
The swimming pool appearance of the present set-up in Cardiff Bay, and its county-council feel within will not suffice any longer for a proud nation finding its place in the world at last.
The honorary capital, wherever it is established, will surely have to bear proper witness to an honourable past as well as signal a brighter future for Wales as a nation.
Other parties’ policies on this issue of de-centralizing power in Wales:
Plaid – Cardiff Bay as usual
London-led Labour – Cardiff Bay as usual
London-led Tories – Cardiff Bay as usual
London-led Lib Dems – Cardiff Bay as usual
London-led UKIP – Cardiff Bay as usual.
So, if you want a de-centralized Wales, you know what to do next year!