The premise is about the failures of devolution without a strong sense of nationhood and Welsh Government’s past and present to create a new Wales, one that tackles our long standing economic and social problems, innovates and stands up for the Welsh language and culture, something predicted by Saunders Lewis as Tim Williams explains ‘I derive no satisfaction from the twin facts that the Welsh language is bleeding to death along with the absence of any real force behind Welsh nationhood – apart from a devolution settlement a bare majority voted for. I am reminded that Saunders Lewis, the founder of the Welsh Nationalist Party, was opposed to bilingualism as the objective of a Welsh Government. He knew there were no examples of a nation anywhere which spoke two languages other than as a path to the triumph of one over the other. He also warned that if self-government was attained before a future for Welsh was secured then it wouldn't have one. He was right on both counts.’
Labour should take most of the blame for the limited ambition, the acceptance of the status quo that continues to go unchallenged and the inaction, inertia and outright failures of the Welsh Government and civil service over the last 13 years as it’s presided over the political agenda albeit in coalition with the Lib Dems and Plaid Cymru.
But what does it say when the best case for full blooded independence and the most coherent demolition of Labour’s record in Welsh Government comes from a former New Labour advisor to the Blair Government and not by Plaid Cymru, the supposed nationalist party of Wales?