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Now I’m guessing that our ‘friends’ in Plaid and the SNP forgot about Mebyon Kernow again. MK really needs to make some noise about this if we don’t want to hear Plaid and the SNP calling for people to vote Green, LibDem or Labour in the Duchy. 
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In Wales vote for @TheGreenParty. In the forthcoming elections why not be part of the Green surge too and vote for the English Greens in Wales. 
Sometimes, London based parties really do know better than the locals. Help the Greens surge into Wales and bring wisdom from
their party headquarters. 
When the party leadership of Plaid advises people to vote Green across England, across the Tamar and all across Cornwall; why not decide to be part of the surging Green force in Wales too?

BREAKING NEWS: SNP calls for citizens to vote Green in the rest of the UK outside Scotland. The SNP leadership has stated that:  “whilst waiting for serious, left-of-centre and ecologically aware autonomist  parties to be created in Wales, England and Cornwall, people should really consider voting Green in these places.”

 

Gyfeillion, mae’n bleser cael bod yma fel cynrychiolydd plaid Genedlaethol Cymru yng nghynadledd plaid Genedlaethol Cernyw.
 Friends, it’s a pleasure to be here this afternoon representing the national party of Wales in the annual conference of the national party of Cornwall. And especially to be with you to help celebrate your 60th birthday.
It’s a particular pleasure to be here as a relatively newly elected Member of the Westminster Parliament. I send greetings on behalf of the Plaid – SNP parliamentary group.
We have recently been joined by Caroline Lucas the Green MP. With Scottish independence imminent, we are looking forward to the day when Mebyon Kernow Members of Parliament will join the group to make up for the six SNP Members we are about to lose!
In preparation for your arrival I should offer one word of warning. Westminster is a strange place for any nationalist. It is literally the belly of the beast. Aneurin Bevan used to remark how many a socialist would be seduced by the architecture of the palace – the high ceilings and large windows – how any individual entering that place feels extremely small and finds their core beliefs being compressed out of them. In the end it’s often easier to conform and become a mouthpiece for the establishment. It’s no surprise that many of the forbearers who went before me from the valleys of the South Wales coalfield representing the British Labour party quickly found themselves losing their accents and any sense of political radicalism.

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In –The problem with the British stateGerry Hassan once again berates Labour for their failure to understand the reality of a devolved UK. Labour wish only to pay lip service to the distinct political cultures growing in the devolved nations and completely ignore the English question:
“Britain is not and never has been a ‘unitary state’. That is to say, it is not one thing. It is a ‘union state’ meaning, while it is not federal, nor is it singular and it must not be assumed that it is. Everything about our politics – Westminster, parliamentary sovereignty – is different from this perspective.”
I would question his conviction that the Welsh and Scottish Labour parties have any kind of independent life of theirown. They are both parts of the much larger establishment dinosaur that is the UK state-nationalist Labour party. No comparison is possible for example between the different parts of British Labour and the separate entities that are the Scottish Green Party and the Green Party for England and Wales. To one day have both autonomous Labour and Green parties for Kernow – we live in hope.
Labour seems set on overlooking multi-nation UK and continuing as if it existed in an homogenised unitary state, therefore Gerry Hassan’s insistence on addressing the English question (and giving a real autonomous life to the UK’s Labour parties?) is admirable. That he wants the dog-eared Labour game plan based on centralised-UK rejected in favour of a vision that accepts devolved-UK is clearly a step in the right direction. If only he’d take one little step further though.
Hassan does not look beyond the establishment’s rubber-stamped version of who the ‘home-nations’ are. He rightly criticises Labour’s refusal to play in a devolved UK only to duck fully addressing the national questions himself. If we need a new, plural and decentralised left – as Hassan argues and with which I agree – then how about a new, plural and decentralised view of who the peoples of these Atlantic isles are? Let’s ditch the establishment’s broken record altogether and sound out the public instead. The centre confirms the existence of four nations inside the UK plus the protectorates and dependencies outside. However if we ask the people about their national identity, and if we delve a little into constitution, a different picture is obtained. Cornwall rises into view and the lie that the Six Counties are a home nation is given.
Can we expect an empowering bottom-up approach from Labour that respects the identities of the UK’s citizens? – a grassroots take on politics that completely turns Labour’s current modus operandi on its head? Can we even expect Hassan’s more conservative recommendations to be taken into serious consideration? I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking, fat chance! Labour is so hooked on the power of the Anglo-British centre that it will need an external force to change it.
Already sounded out on Bella Caledonia and Another Green World – what scope is there for unity and collaboration between greens, nationalists, democrats and regionalists to produce such a force?
The French Republic is quite different from the United Kingdom – a quite different electoral system for a start – but perhaps some ideas can cross the Channel.
To stand in the last European elections, les Verts, Régions et Peuples Solidaires (a federation of autonomists) and personalities from various other associations and parties came together to form a remarkable coalition called Europe Écologie. The project met with great success including an electoral score rivaling that of the Parti Socialiste (the principle party on the left) and 14 MEPs’, including one Corsican nationalist. In the 2010 French regional elections Europe Écologie received 12.19% of the national vote – 2,373,922 votes – in the first round. The coalition came third behind the two main French parties- PS and UMP. Next stop the French presidential in 2012.
Could such a coalition happen in the UK? Perhaps the electorate is more than ready for a progressive ecological and democratic alliance to change the game and offer something different to Lib-Lab-Con. Already in the European Parliament, the Greens and the European Free Alliance (progressive nationalists and autonomists) have a successful partnership. It’s been replicated at state level in France – Europe Écologie – why not in the UK?
So the question is: could the SNP, Plaid Cymru, Mebyon Kernow and the UK’s various Green parties work together inside a UK Ecology? Who would represent Northern Ireland? Perhaps English regionalists and progressive English nationalists could be persuaded to join – campaigning together to ensure that the people of England get to decide the response to the English question. As with Europe Écologie, all other democrats, ecologists and progressives tired of no choice at election time would find a place.
In a way, the Greens have not been able to do it alone: do we need another force on the left exerting a reforming influence over Labour, wrenching them away from UK state-nationalism and obliging them to search for a new radicalism? Perhaps this is just woolly wishful thinking; so much would be demanded of the different partners in the coalition; but how else can the Lib-Lab-Con hegemony be seriously challenged? Campaigning under one flag for solidarity, ecology and a top-to-toe reform of our creaking democracy – surely the time has come for a broad and plural democratic green alliance.
On the same subject we have: Click on Wales » Blog Archive » Can England join in the devolution process? Much better article than mine.