Gwern Gwynfil, CEO of YesCymru
Once we are younger we discover it simpler to be formidable, to be courageous and to be assured within the promise of a brilliant and hopeful future. Straightforward to recognise that to attain this we should have elementary change.
Straightforward to see that the world has modified dramatically as we transition from an industrial age to a digital period of on the spot connectivity on a worldwide scale.
Current polling displays this, exhibiting a rising and constant majority in favour of Welsh independence amongst 18-34 12 months olds in Wales.
Not all pollsters are updated with the not too long ago enfranchised 16-18 12 months olds in Wales.
Maybe some amongst older generations are defeated by cynicism, inertia and concern. Curiously the information exhibits that it’s the 45-54 12 months olds who’re least prone to assist independence. Maybe they’re at a low ebb, involved with their very own mortality, too worn out to keep up the sense of journey wanted to grab life’s alternatives and attempt for a greater tomorrow.
After all the over 65s are additionally much less prone to assist independence. They’ll have grown up at a time when the UK was extra tightly bonded, when there was nonetheless some sense of shared enterprise and affinity, when it was a part of the bulwark in opposition to the Soviet Union, when it was nonetheless a comparatively rich and influential nation.
Change is daunting when life’s lengthy classes must be unlearnt. New know-how, new social attitudes, new enthusiasm for elementary change in order that a greater, brighter future could be constructed for generations to come back.
In the meantime, for everybody, of all ages, we should settle for that the present mould is irredeemably damaged. That is true not only for Wales, however for Scotland, Northern Eire and England too. The proof is stark and cumulative.
The UK general is in speedy decline, changing into poorer general relative to the world. A number of the figures are staggering – seven of the ten poorest areas in Europe are within the UK; the UK has the biggest wealth hole in Europe (and it’s rising); high quality of life has plummeted; there are too many individuals in meals poverty and an entirely unacceptable stage of deprivation for our youngsters.
The UK should nominally be one of many wealthiest nations on this planet however this isn’t the lived actuality for all however a relative minority.
However it’s nonetheless exhausting to just accept that the establishment, the construction with which now we have grown up and lived, is up to now past its promote by date the maggots are hatching.
Not so exhausting for the youthful era.
Time for extra of the center aged and older generations to pay attention to this unconscious knowledge imparted by the youth of right this moment. For many who already assist independence the problem is to open the eyes of friends and contemporaries who stay blind to the hope, vitality and renewal it’ll convey.
As difficult as it’s, we should all pause and mirror, encourage our friends to do the identical, and discover the selflessness to contemplate, not our personal future however the effectively being of future generations.
We should open our minds, we should persuade others to open theirs, we should convey a assured, courageous and bold unbiased Wales to life. A good and equitable Wales, in command of its personal priorities and its personal sources, a democratic nation, outward wanting, culturally wealthy, economically vibrant, energetic and content material.
We already know that right this moment’s youth will thank us for it. Let’s write our names in historical past because the generations that freed the long run youngsters of Wales to reside on their very own phrases, proudly, as residents of their very own nation.
Nobody will thank us for persevering with to permit the fading vestige of a dying empire to dictate our future right here in Wales. The folks of England too will come to thank Wales and Scotland for liberating them to resume and revitalise their very own nation and make it match for the trendy period.
Wales can lead this course of for everybody within the UK. Serving to to ship a greater future for all. A brand new British union the place nations work collectively throughout the wealthy tapestry and framework of countries globally. Wales, Scotland, England and a reunited Eire could be associates, allies, the closest of buying and selling companions, unbiased, sovereign and free.
Since 1944, and Iceland’s independence, an extra fifteen European nations have restored their sovereignty. It’s our flip now.
Not like Scotland, right here in Wales now we have not tied assist for independence to a particular political imaginative and prescient or get together. We’re free to really come collectively as a nation and make it clear that we’re able to take again management of our personal affairs, to set our personal priorities, to take care of our personal youngsters, to create and fulfil our personal imaginative and prescient of what we would like our Wales to seem like.
Help for independence in Wales has grown extremely over the past decade. Time to speed up once more. In addition to already having 36% assist for independence an extra 31% state they’d be extra seemingly or considerably extra prone to assist Welsh independence if Scotland voted for independence.
Why wait? Let the boldness sing,let’s present Scotland the way in which and get the gold medal.
Cymru wins – in each sense.
All ballot knowledge taken from Redfield & Wilton 14-16 July 2023
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