The Cwricwlwm Cymreig (hereafter, CC) was a cross-curricula initiative which aimed to develop a multi-faceted, and civic sense of Welsh identity amongst pupils which did not rely on outdated, stereotypical notions of Wales and Welshness (Smith, 2016:40). …


During this election I spent two days canvassing for Labour in my home constituency of Bridgend, which in the event tragically fell to the Tories. I have a huge amount of scepticism about door knocking as both a campaign strategy (in reality it is mainly a form of data harvesting…


“… a crisis occurs, sometimes lasting for decades. This exceptional duration means that incurable structural contradictions have revealed themselves (reached maturity) and that, despite this, the political forces which are struggling to conserve and defend the existing structure itself are making every effort to cure them, within certain limits, and…


In Andrew Rawnsley’s diaries of the Blair years, it is revealed that Tony Blair was extremely reluctant to have a referendum on Welsh devolution in 1997. Whilst he was confident that Scotland would vote Yes, Blair privately feared that the Welsh were ‘anti-politics’, and generally sick of politicians. The image…


Some brief thoughts on Wales and Brexit

In the 2016 EU referendum, unlike our Celtic cousins in Northern Ireland and Scotland, Wales voted to leave. There were significant regional variations in the vote. Welsh speaking rural areas of Gwynedd and Ceredigion voted to remain, alongside Cardiff and its hinterland, the…


Full disclosure. I joined Plaid Cymru to vote for Leanne Wood. Joining a political party goes against pretty much everything I believe in, but I did so because I believe that this is an issue which transcends Plaid Cymru and impacts the whole Welsh body politic. Leanne Wood has been…


In some previous blogs I’ve spoken about why Wales voted Leave. Here I’ll continue to speculate on what the future might hold for Wales in a post-Brexit UK.

Last time I said that given the existing balance of forces, it is more likely that Wales moves closer to England than…


So Wales voted leave. Cue much handwringing, shame and self-loathing, particularly for those of us who were in France when the results broke. Two weeks of being patted on the back, partying and singing alongside amazing people from all over Europe, who went out of their way to tell us…

Dan Evans- Kanu

Welsh sociologist. Expert in bird law. Wales home & away. Views mine only

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