Sorry for the lack of posts over the past few days - the computer has been playing up.
I made a comment on Normal Mouth's blog a couple of days ago, in which I said that I wouldn't thank Tony Blair for devolution, because I am a nationalist and not a devolutionist. This comment seemed to surprise both Normal and Gwe, and I must admit that their surprise surprised me a bit.
I would have expected that everybody would know that devolution and nationalism are not one and the same thing. Devolution is a system of government that is supported by people who are clearly not nationalists, Rhodri Morgan, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Jack McConnell; Nick Bourne and Annabel Golding; Ming Cambell, Mike German and Nicol Stephens. Even the Union's arch unionist the Rev Ian Paisley supports devolution. Either these people are closet nationalists or Devolutionism and Nationalism are incompatible.
Unionists see devolution as a way of stopping / frustrating nationalism by recognising the reality of national / regional identity values and trying to address them within a unionist context. George Robinson went as far as supporting devolution because he claimed that devolution would kill nationalism stone dead
Nationalists should recognise that devolution is a means of stopping / frustrating nationalism. Whilst not opposing any devolutionary step we should always reject devolution as not good enough, because devolution isn't independence. This is the view taken by the SNP, who didn't join the "devolutionist" Scottish Convention in the mid 1990's, because it is a nationalist and not a devolutionist party.
The only, so-called, nationalist party that we have in Wales, Plaid Cymru, has swallowed the devolutionary worm hook, line and sinker. Plaid has given up on campaigning for independence (until 2050 according to ex MP Simon Thomas) and is now committed to the evolution of devolution.
As devolution is an unionist device aimed a stopping / frustrating nationalism and as Plaid is now a fully fledged advocate of devolution, a party that sees independence as a long term goal, rather than an election issue; the only conclusion that one can come to is that Plaid is no longer a nationalist party. Plaid is now a fully fledged unionist party that supports the unionist means of stopping / frustrating nationalism until the likes of me are well rotted in the grave.
Its time for Plaid to stop depending on nationalist sentiment for its core vote, whilst betraying that sentiment at every opportunity. It's time for nationalists to stop supporting a unionist wolf in nationalist sheep's clothing.
It's time for Plaid members to make a decision. Do they want to reclaim the party for the nationalist cause, or would they prefer to see another party fighting for the national vote in the near future?