THE SUMMER recess has arrived, and politicians get to decamp to their constituencies for a month and reflect on their political priorities and the state of the nation, writes Jonathan Edwards MP.
This recess will again be a strange one as the pandemic puts paid to the usual community vibrancy of carnivals and local agricultural shows.
We are also a few months in from the Senedd elections where, once again, the Labour Party finds itself in a position of dominance.
Meanwhile, in Westminster, the Conservative party look set to be in power for at least three more Parliamentary terms, aided with boundary reform which experts predict will bake in a 100 seat Tory majority.
Labour has imploded in England, and now not only face the Tory onslaught for their traditional, socially Conservative working-class voters but also a flanking incursion into their liberal metropolitan base from a booming Green party and resurgent Liberal Democrats.
Meanwhile, the Labour leaderships purge of their party left accelerates with the loss of over 100,000 members.
The simple uncomfortable fact for the Labour Party in Wales is that there is no foreseeable route to power in Westminster. That leaves the question of what exactly Labour in Wales’s “Plan B” is.
Their back of a fag packet Home Rule policy is completely undeliverable.
Blaming the ‘evil Tories’ is a successful electioneering platform and shifts blame for their failings in our country.
However, it’s not likely to lead to economic and social change.
Labour in Wales is in the business of managed decline and offer no hope for Wales.
With the Tories in Wales advancing an aggressive unionism approach led directly by 10 Downing Street, there is no prospect whatsoever of a non-Labour Government being formed in Wales via a pact with Plaid Cymru.
Change is a vital element in any democracy. It’s the equivalent of a computer reboot.
One-party control of a country is deeply damaging, and I am afraid to say Wales is in that position where an individual’s party allegiance determines personal progress.
The Labour establishment that dominates the public sphere, 3rd sector and media in Wales, serves no one apart from Labour.
Yes Cymru offered the hope of breaking this political stasis, but now finds itself facing an existential threat as factionalism and infighting threatens to detonate a ton of TNT underneath the movement.
The British establishment and the right, in general, have a far better understanding of politics in the social media age.
Culture wars and planned agitation run through progressive viewpoints like a hot knife through butter.
This will continue until those in the national movement in Wales realise who the enemy is.
Sitting in the House of Commons is a sobering experience when a handful of you sit down and face over 600 MPs from unionist parties (minus the SNP and SDLP).
I have never understood those in the Welsh national movement who live their politics via internal organisational dynamics.
I suppose it’s easy to get slightly depressed at the state of affairs in the summer of 2021.
It seems to me that nothing much will change unless Scotland gets a rerun of the 2014 referendum and this time vote Yes.
Surely that time will come soon enough leaving us in Wales facing a stark choice about the direction of our country – an independent nation, or a future as Western England.
For those of us who believe the social and economic progress we desire will never be achieved from Westminster – let’s hope we won’t have to wait too long for that day to come, and that we make the right choice.
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