Will the Scottish referendum be held again soon?

For the past two years years I have been in Scotland much of the time helping drive the Yes campaign forward. (Hence I have been less involved in debates here in Wales.)

I was pleased to see Leanne Wood unequivocally come out in support of independence for Scotland in the last couple of weeks leading up to the vote.

Alas the politics of fear, threats, distortion, and in some case outright lies won. Given the demographics and voting patterns, it could be said that the older generation of Scots trampled on the future of the younger generations (the majority of over 55 voters voted No while the majority of under 55’s voted Yes).

The day after the referendum I drove to Glasgow from Lochinver in the far Northwest. It was a sombre drive. My partner, who had puts her guts and soul into the campaign, cried on and off.

But now, with Scottish referendum behind me and  a couple of weeks of reflection on, I am more hopeful for the future of Scotland (and by proxy, Wales). Below is a video by Tarig Ali reflecting on the events that led to the referendum on Scottish independence, the respective campaigns, and the aftermath. He argues that Scotland will achieve independence much sooner than we think and another independence referendum may only be a few years away. And the next time, the UK establishment campaign of fear will not prevail.

I hope he’s right. First Scotland – then Wales!

Leanne’s proposals – re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic

leanne wood plaid cymruLeanne Wood, newly elected Leader of Plaid Cymru The Party Of Wales, has outlined a programme to revive the Welsh economy see: Plan C. As is usual for virtually all mainstream political parties these days, it boils down to “re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic” rather than exposing the underlying causes and proposing necessary radical changes to the system.

Unsurprisingly, she starts with the standard put-down of Wales with the usual labour-like-lefty moaning refrain: “we’re sooo poor – it’s not fair!, etc. etc.”.

She then calls for “the devolution of borrowing powers and responsibility over macro-economic levers” and a change in public procurement policy.

Regarding procurement policy, the way it works these days is through competitive bidding – with the ‘best value for money’ (lowest bid) almost invariably winning. Yes, that means that outside corporate interests can usually win these bidding wars ensuring that tax money returned to Wales quickly disappears again, keeping the economy short on cash.

Leanne Wood is absolutely correct in questioning this ‘best value’ approach to public procurement but her proposals to change it is just hot air and would never fly – because it directly conflicts with one of Plaid Cymru’s most cherished goals – to become another vassal state of the European Union.

The EU is all about protecting the interests of the financial elites and corporate power. It is the EU that forces competitive tendering and ‘best value’ procurement ensuring that money always moves up, and the growing divide between the uber-rich and the rest of us is maintained and strengthened. You only have to see the current brutalisation of the Greek, Spanish and Irish people by the EU troika’s* austerity demands if you have any doubts what membership in the EU really means.

“Progressive procurement” as Leanne calls it is good idea, but impossible in Plaid Cymru’s larger vision for Wales.

As for the devolution of “borrowing powers” – that’s a no starter. In fact it’s a very narrow-minded approach to reviving the Welsh economy. Wales, like the rest of the Western world, is already suffering under crippling debt levels. The UK government has allowed commercial banks to take control of 97.3% (and growing) of the entire UK money stock – meaning that debt-slavery, relentless crippling inflation. and austerity measures are built into the system.

We don’t need more debt. We need LESS debt – and more real (debt-free) money.

On that vein, it’s ironic that two speakers were invited to the Assembly in this Spring (arranged and hosted by a Labour and Conservative AM). One speaker was Ben Dyson of Positive Money. The other was a researcher from the New Economics Foundation who made an argument for the creation of a debt-free Welsh pound spent into the economy which would rapidly make Wales the most solvent and vibrant economy in Western Europe. (That’s not rocket science. It’s just basic mathematics, simple and straightforward – once you understand how the money system and economy actually work in the real world.)

What’s ironic about these monetary reform proposals made to Assembly Members and members of the public was that not one single Plaid Cymru AM bothered to come and listen – even though I personally invited (virtually insisted) that Plaid’s shadow minister for economics, Alun Ffred Jones, come to the talk!

Leanne then goes on to propose an “unconventional fiscal policy [which] involves shifting the balance from revenue spending to capital expenditure. On a macro level, the proposal is for the government to control and manipulate the economy through its enormous fiscal clout. That makes perfect sense if you adhere to an overbearing government bureaucracy controlling almost every aspect of our lives. They tried it in the USSR. Didn’t work. They are now trying it in the EU. Won’t work. It will just lead to more stagnation and collapse.

We need a Welsh government that says NO MORE! to the international financiers and corporate interests controlling people and governments around the world. Simply “window dressing politics” will no longer cut the cake. Until Leanne and Plaid Cymru are willing to admit that the financial Emperor (the City of London and the EU troika) has no clothes, and accept that we need a commonsense and radical shift away from an economy based on debt and concentration of power, they can not offer the Welsh nation annibyniaeth go iawn – real freedom or independence.

If you are a Plaid Cymru member, please tell your party bosses to pay attention to the short video below, and do some thinking.

*The troika is a slang term (Russian for triad) for for the three organizations which have the most power over member state’s financial future – or at least that future as it is defined within the European Union. The three groups are the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the European Central Bank (ECB).

Plaid leadership contenders face-off

Plaid leadership contendersBelow is a brief summary of the speeches given by the three Plaid Cymru leadership contenders in Cardiff on 2 February.

At the bottom of this post is the  video (14 minutes) of the actual speeches.

Synopsis

Dafydd Elis-Thomas

Breaking the ice with a little ‘Assembly humour’, Dafydd suggests we are entering in a new era for Wales and talks about the challenges that face us including changing climate, economics and the future constitution of the UK – given Scotland’s march to independence – wrapping up with a reference to a Roc Cymraeg oldy-goldy. The inference seems to be that these are uncertain, even historic times and steady hand on the helm is needed. He keeps his speech to a merciful 3½ minutes but only in Welsh which I found a little odd having discovered recently that he can speak English fluently.

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Elin Jones

Elin warns us not to think that Scotland and Wales are comparable on our roads to independence and then goes on to highlight Plaid’s highest priority – “rescuing communities from this recession” and creating a “second industrial revolution” – “all of this is within our control”. She emphasised the need to broaden the appeal of the party to the majority. She is ready to lead party, and even topple Carwyn Jones to become the next Prif Weinidog. She reminds us she has been a long-term politician and underlines her good leadership characteristics: experience and ambition. She spoke for 6½ minutes.

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Leanne Wood

Leanne launched into the need to reform a failed capitalist system that was “exposing poor and vulnerable people” and threatens the welfare state. Solutions included harnessing renewable energies, combating climate change, by means of [state?] control over natural resources. Her top priority is jobs and economy. “Real independence is a means to an end, not the end in itself”. The goal is to get the power to protect communities, language, and “build communities from bottom up”. In her Wales, “everyone who can work – does!”. To achieve these goals she tells us we need “full control” over resources and the economy (which justifies independence). She spoke for 4 minutes.

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Review  (the Verdict)

It’s hard to tell where Dafydd is coming from. He keeps his cards close to his chest. Elin and Leanne throw what they believe to be their best cards down on the table.

I have no doubt that Dafydd would make a good diplomat. When I’m President of the Welsh Republic I will not hesitate in selecting him to head up diplomatic missions to a troubled areas, such as England. Dafydd is clearly the ‘safe choice’.

Both Elin and Leanne present similar versions of “it’s the economy, stupid” theme characterising Wales as “poor and vulnerable” needing “protecting” and “rescuing”.

Although their intentions may be honourable their approach is worrying. Coupled with a religious-like desire for ‘full control to fix the system and save their people’ Elin and Leanne are concocting a recipe for an oppressive, controlling governance ‘for our own good’.

Many years ago I might have been inspired by their rhetoric of championing the downtrodden and building the New Jerusalem. But I have long since replaced those comic books for instruction manuals on how things really work.

Sure, Wales has deep systemic problems, as does the entire Western World, but it’s still a place where the English are moving to in the thousands. Mass English immigration is more of a threat to Welsh nationhood than the economy. Our real vulnerability is our open borders.

The economy could be easily corrected without oppressive government interference. We simply need to find the courage to say ‘enough is enough’ to private banks’ fraudulent control of the money supply.

The spirit of genuine democracy and true independence is anarchistic in nature. Only when ‘we the people’ become empowered, both politically and financially, will we be truly free and independent.

When it comes to the ‘perfect leader’ I like what Lao Tzu wrote many many centuries ago:

“Of the great leaders the people will say we did it ourselves.”

in other words, the best leaders inspire and enable – not proscribe.

UK Titanic – time to prepare the Welsh lifeboats?

welsh lifeboat

Kate wastes champaign on Welsh lifeboat, Prince William knows his place 🙂

The entire financial world is going down the tubes. You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to figure that one out. Even the BBC lets little hints of the crises slip out now and then.

The gangsters (or Banksters to use modern slang) running the world economy for their own profit and everyone else’s debt misery are largely centred, coddled and protected in London.

It makes no difference whether the Conservatives, Labour or Liberal Democrats are running the UK, the entire British political establishment are puppets and mouthpieces of the Banksters.

Here in Wales the silence of our nationalist party, Plaid Cymru, is deafening. They rattle on about ‘creating more jobs’, just like their British counterparts in London, but are unwilling to stick their head above the parapet, to speak the simple and obvious truth – that the Global Financial Emperor (that we are currently enslaved to), Has No Clothes!

We don’t need more jobs – we need income security and less debt. You don’t get that with jobs in a global economy collapsing under the death-weight of fraudulent debt bonds.

There has never been a time in human civilization where real wealth is so abundant due to the technology of mass production. Yet we live in a world of company warehouses overflowing with cheap crap that still can’t all be sold due to insufficient purchasing power.

We are inhabiting a world being suffocated by debt and starved of cash.

The goal of ‘balancing budgets’ in practice means increasing the burden debt (representing almost the entire money supply – 98% in the UK) on the increasing poor and nearly poor – reducing yet further our already far too weak purchasing power.

These new ‘austerity measures’ being introduced in the UK and Europe is like a witch-doctor demanding more leaches to be applied to the patient when the first round of leaches have failed to show any improvement.

Will Wales wake up in time to launch the Independent Lifeboat before the UK Titanic goes down?

An independent Wales with its own debt-free monetary system would be the most secure and prosperous nation on the planet. Debt-riddled countries would be lining up to do business with us – although there would be little need for us to reciprocate.

Or will we follow Plaid Cymru’s lead and be too frightened to speak up,  following everyone else like lambs to the slaughter?

As usual, Stacy Herbert and Max Keiser, speaking on Russia Today, tells it like it is – something you will never hear on the BBC.

UK – The Imminent Collapse – take it away Max 😀

Plaid Cymru Duplicity

A long time ago in a previous century I joined Plaid Cymru because I’m a Welsh nationalist who believes in the importance of the Welsh nation reclaiming its right to be a free and independent people.

Out of nostalgia I still have my Party card with the aims stated on the back, foremost among them:

  • Sicrhau hunan-lwyodraeth i Gymru a sefydlu gwladwriaeth ddemocrataidd, yn seliedig ar egwyddorian sosialaidd.
  • To secure self-government for Wales and a democratic Welsh state, based on socialist principles.

A “democratic Welsh state” is simply another way of saying a Welsh Republic.  So why didn’t they say it?  Probably due to Plaid Cymru’s longstanding and greatest fault – institutionalised fear of upsetting anyone, especially the British Establishment.

Another problem with that aim was the escape clause – “based on socialist principles”. Nothing wrong with socialist principles – unless they supersede democratic principles – which they clearly do in this aim.

In a democratic state, a genuine republic, the people decide on what principles they which to be governed – not a sanctimonious inner circle of smug patronising intellectuals who feel they know better than y werin, the commoners.

And that’s always been the problem with Plaid Cymru – a party run by an Ivory Tower Inner Circle that holds in disdain the views and interests of the grass-roots membership and in tandem, the Welsh people themselves.  Perhaps on some gut level people can sense this – which would go a long way to explain the inability of Plaid Cymru to become a the main political force in our country.

In 2001 when this smug inner circle staged a coup of the Party’s aims wiping out the old ones and replacing them with watered down new ones – designed to offend no one – with no mention of an independent Welsh state. It was pushed through in a ‘special conference’ in Builth Wells.

Despite myself and a couple of other Welsh nationalists passionately arguing against this betrayal, the majority of the delegates behaved like sheep and approved the changes to please their masters.

The majority of Party delegates betrayed the principles and founders of Plaid Genedlaethol Cymru (as it was first known) out of sheer acquiescence and cowardice, deferring to the Party’s  inner circle  – who were more than ready to sell out their own Party and country to please their masters – the UK establishment.

Sheep, the lot of them. That’s also the day I left Plaid Cymru as it was no longer a place for Welsh republicans (if it ever was).

So here we are 10 years on, A ‘fakebook friend’ informed me that Plaid Cymru has now changed its aims once again and has introduced the word ‘independence’ into it’s aims. Sure enough, the new foremost aim reads:

“secure independence for Wales in Europe”

The problem with this newly worded aim is that it’s an oxymoron – meaning that it contradicts itself and is virtually meaningless. How so?

“In Europe” can mean only one thing – being a member of the European Union. The fact is – you cannot be simultaneously be a member of the European Union and independent – any more than Wales can be independent and part of the UK.

Both political structures, the UK and the EU, represent an erosion of democracy and self-determination. It is rule from a distant body outside the democratic control of the people.

Independence in the European Union? What a joke. It’s hard to say if those who worded this new aim are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the Party membership – or they are just too thick themselves to grasp the contradiction.

For those who would argue that we have to be in the European Union for the sake of our economy (yes, we’re back on our knees again), it might be worthwhile to point out that the two most prosperous and secure nations in Western Europe are the two who are not members of the EU – namely Norway and Switzerland.

Membership in the EU would not only rob us of the independence we crave, it would also impoverish us in the long-run, after we have spent the financial bribes that will undoubtedly be offered to keep us under our new master’s thumb.

Take a look at Ireland. What a sad story that is. They gave their blood, sweat and tears to win independence from the UK only a couple of generations ago. Now their cowardly politicians have handed it back to Brussels resulting in Ireland becoming a  bankrupt vassal state of Euroland. Way to go guys!

Irish-born Pat Condell tells the story of the Irish experience of European Union membership without all the bullshit we’ve come accustomed to mainstream media fact twisting.

Let it be a warning to Wales, and those EU loving sycophants in Plaid Cymru.

Muslim Free Wales?

Muslim in WalesOver the past few years I have become increasingly aware of a growing Muslim presence in Cardiff – most visibly in figures shrouded in black sheets with only their eyes showing – the “liberated” Muslim woman.

I find the growing Muslim presence in Wales alarming – not because I’m a “narrow-minded racist” as the liberal left likes to dismiss anyone who dares question the increasing multiculturalism of Europe – but because I see a threat to our value of basic tolerance and freedom.

In truth, I once considered myself a bit of a liberal leftist and embraced our Muslim brothers and sisters thinking we were all going to have a jolly time together. It is only after extensive reading and studying the issues of Muslim immigration to Europe that I have realized the folly of my acceptance of Islam among us.

By and large Muslim immigrants in Europe (and that includes Wales) are not immigrants in the common sense of the term. They are colonists. An immigrant becomes a member of the country he or she moves to, adapting the local values and social norms. Colonists have no interest in integrating but are hell bent on imposing their values and social norms onto their new home.

You don’t have scratch the surface of the growing Muslim presence to see the what’s at stake. The fact is that many Muslims are not simply failing to integrate, they are positioning themselves as enemies within.
Islamic intolerance and threatsThe biggest threat for our future is demographics. The indigenous European population is not reproducing at a sustainable rate but the incoming Muslim population is multiplying and expanding rapidly.

Currently numbered at around 25 million, Muslims will form the majority in 20 years if trends continue. We will then all be living under Sharia Law in the UK (Sharia courts have already been established here).

My wake up call to the growing threat of Islam to the West came from a rather unexpected source, the author Aayan Hirsi Ali, a Somalian Muslim women who emigrated to Holland where her eyes were opened to Western values.

Like many other Islamic women she suffered horrific abuse growing up including genital mutilation which is still widely practised throughout the Islamic world including the UK and Europe.

Infidel by aayan hirsi ali coverThis brave woman became an outspoken critic of the growing Muslim communities in Holland – a source of intolerance and violence against women.

She investigated and made public the growing number of ‘honour killings’ in Holland and was later elected as a member of the Dutch Parliament.

She then produced a short film called Submission (the meaning of ‘Islam’) with Amsterdam film maker Theo van Gogh.

Theo Van Gogh was later murdered on his bicycle in Amsterdam by a Muslim emigrant for making the film. A note was pinned to his chest with a knife claiming Ayaan would be next. She had to go into hiding and even to this day her life is in threat.

The growing Islamic presence in Europe reflects a moral weakness in the UK and the EU. In the name of ‘tolerance’ and ‘multiculturalism we are bending over backwards to accommodate a religion and culture that glorifies the subjugation of women (including beating of wives, female genital mutilation, family “honour” killing, and forcing women to dress like black rubbish bags). We have become apologists for a backwards mentality stuck in the medieval age where rape victims are blamed and punished and homosexuals and adulterers are punished by death.

Let’s grow a backbone and say enough is enough to this creeping social poison in our communities. There is no room for Islam in Western civilisation. It’s been a long and hard struggle to achieve the degree of freedom of thought and action we have. Why are we so keen to give it up to appease the Islamic bigots?

Last word to Irish-born Pat Condell – one of the few people left unafraid to speak the truth about Islam in Europe.

Can Wales AFFORD independence?

Below is a short article I pasted in syniadau.forumotion.net/ in May 2011. It has so far been view 85 times and received 0 response.

Apparently no one disagrees with it but why the silence? when we examine the thing most of us spend our entire lives chasing and worrying about – money. Is it a taboo subject?

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The question “Can Wales afford to be independent?” is a misguided one based on confusion of how the economy and the money system operates.

A more legitimate question is – Can Wales afford to continue to be locked into the failing UK economy where all crucial decisions are made in London?

If you want to discuss affordability you must understand the nature of money – the linchpin of all modern economics.

A quick overview of the money system:

Less than 3% of the UK money supply is in notes and coins – the rest is simply electronic numbers in bank accounts, credit card statements,and the like.

More importantly, the “electronic” 97% of the money supply is debt – to be paid back with interest – mortgage debt,business debt,personal debt,public debt. Our money supply is debt.

How has this come about? When banks lend money (or credit card extend credit) they don’t take it from somewhere else. They create it out of nothing – as debt – to be repaid with interest. Over time the debt supply of money overtakes the debt-free supply – notes and coins.

In the UK, the money supply grows by around 8% a year – all debt money. As an economy we have to borrow more money every year just to keep up to the paying the interest of previous borrowing. It’s like digging a deeper and deeper hole every year just to fill previously dug holes.

We now owe far more money than exists. There is no escape if we stay in a debt-based economy.

While the bankers and financial elites rule London, and London rules the UK, there is little hope for Wales getting off the debt slave treadmill.

We can only expect increasing debt, foreclosures, and cyclical inflationary growth (fuelled by expansive credit/debt creation) followed by recessions and cutbacks as the debts become unplayable.

The 2008 recession is just a calling card of worse times to come if we don’t get off the debt wheel.

So what could an independent Wales do to right the situation, you ask?

Simple – three little laws. One would create a national currency for Wales. Second, we create a national bank of Wales, democratically owned and controlled. Third, we would require the banks to do what most people think they do now – lend money they already have.

Only the national bank, on behalf of our nation would have the right to create money out of nothing. If the banks wanted to lend more money than they had they would have to borrow it from the national bank.

With a stroke of the pen we would reverse the playing field. The big financial wheels would have to pay interest to us, the country, for using our money – not the other way around, like in the UK now, where the entire economy is in debt to the elites. (a stupid, unjust, rotten system when you think about it).

So in the future, if Wales needed to undertake some major public projects (like building 10 more hospitals and 50 new schools) the question – do we have enough money for it? – would be senseless. The correct question in a debt-free system would be – Do we have enough workers and materials to undertake the projects?

So can Wales afford independence? Absolutely! If we take control of our money supply in a democratic and responsible fashion we could be in for a very bright future.

Can Wales afford to stay in the UK? Only if its prepared to suffer more debt, poverty, recessions, inflation, stagnation and misery.

Why Wales deserves (needs) Independence – part 2

It is an inevitable fact in democracies, indeed all forms of governance, that:

the further away the decision makers are from the people who are effected by those decisions, the worse the governance.

This principle holds true regardless of time, place, or nation.

In a UK context it means that the Celtic nations, and possibly north and west England, are institutionally mismanaged.

Real democracy is participatory democracy – where the decision-making power is spread out involving those who are effected by the decisions being made. Another name for the process is subsidiarity – “an organizing principle that matters ought to be handled by the smallest, lowest or least centralized competent authority”.

The “competent authority” in a democracy is you … and me … all of us.

Of course this runs counter to groveling British society where people are brought up to believe in their inferiority and incompetence, always doffing their cap to the “authorities” crachach.

For the Welsh people to be truly free we must cast of these mental shackles of subservience that have been so cunningly crafted for us by the ruling classes for centuries. We must wake up and empower ourselves to take back the control of our lives and our nation.

Welsh Independence will take a lot more than a wholesale shift in powers from London to Cardiff. It will take a shift in general attitude and outlook.

Let’s start that shift today. Stop winning and take responsibility for your situation. Bow to no one for in the greater reality we are all equals.

The Welsh Republic must be founded on the principles of equality for all citizens. It is that principle that gives it Republican credentials – a far cry from a pathetic monarchy based on inequality by birth and association.

Why Wales deserves independence – Part 1

There are so many reason why Wales not simply needs independence but actually deserves it – in a moral sense.

I will only mention one basic reason to start. Simply put –

Wales’  incorporation into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has no legitimate or democratic basis.

The fact that a bully and tyrant known as Henry VIII unilaterally annexed Wales in to England in 1536 has no more moral basis that Adolf Hitler’s annexation of Czechoslovakia and Poland in 1939.

In the latter case we went to war to free the conquered and occupied territories of Europe. And now the score is settled.

Not so with Wales. Justice has yet to prevail. Accounts have yet to be settled.

If the Welsh people had been approached by Henry VIII, or any representative of the English nation at any time and offered a proposal of union that the Welsh could have time to debate among themselves and have a referendum, then fair enough, the union between Wales and England would have a sound, democratic, and legitimate basis.

But no such debate or vote ever took place. England and Westminster has no legitimate claim to exercise power over the Welsh nation.

I can hear the critics now saying “But the Welsh don’t want separation”.

The fact is that living in Wales means you are subjected to 24/7 brainwashing, biased slants on events, lies, and falsification from birth to death. Coming out of the telly, radio, taught in school, daily newspapers – truth and ‘reality’ twisted to suit the powers that be.

As a conquered nation we have lost our natural self-confidence. As a nation blanketed by an endless stream of English propaganda disguised as news and entertainment we remain confused with a false sense of allegiances that do not serve our collective self-interest.

No, we may not be falling over ourselves to embrace independence in such circumstances.  In fact, its almost a miracle that we still exist.

Henry VIII started the ball rolling when he declared that Welsh laws were abolished along with Cymraeg – English language and law becoming the official tools of sate power and justice.

Today we call it cultural genocide. That’s right. For the past five centuries the English powers that be have attempted to snuff out Wales and the Welsh.

But were still here. Confused with our head stuffed daily with all sorts of twisted truth and lies perhaps. But still here.

Kind of puts the old dismissal “but the Welsh don’t want independence” in context, doesn’t it?

The only legitimate way Wales could be in union with England is to allow Wales freedom for at least one generation where we control our own media and reality, teach brutally honest Welsh history in schools (and stop obsessing about the Battle of Hastings and William Shakespeare). Give us a generation to clear our heads of all the rubbish that’s been shoved in there. Then we can have an honest and open debate and referendum on union with England.

And you know what? After a generation of breathing the air of freedom, do you really think we’ll be eager to give it all up and go back to our servile position as playing England’s second fiddle and cheap resource basket?

I don’t think so.

More to come …