Start addressing Wales as it really is
UNLIKE Clayton Jones (Letters, December 2) and Gwyn Hopkins (Letters, November 21) I was not impressed by Patrick McGuinness’ article claiming that a lack of selfconfidence is keeping people from supporting Welsh independence (Western Mail, November 16).
When Plaid Cymru is not doing well at elections there is a tendency for some nationalists (not those who stand for the Assembly and Parliament) to criticise the electorate for not voting for them. The late Rhobert Ap Steffan wrote a memorable letter to the Western Mail expressing this view after the 2010 election. This is hardly the way to gain votes.
On the issue of winning support from uncommitted voters Plaid Cymru is probably the most incompetent party in Europe. Only a few weeks ago Ron Davies was complaining in this newspaper that too many people regarded Plaid Cymru as a party for Welsh-speakers. Nationalists have no-one but themselves to blame for this problem.
Nationalists also suffer because of this country’s divisive and unpopular English-language television service. However, the wilful refusal of Plaid Cymru’s leadership to address the fact that the party cannot get its message across to many hundreds of thousands of viewers who choose not to watch BBC Wales is, if not absolute proof, certainly strong evidence that Plaid Cymru has no interest in increasing its vote beyond Gwynedd and Dyfed and is as much of a regional party in this country as the Northern League is in Italy.
Welsh nationalism will never become a truly national force like its Scottish counterpart until nationalists stop addressing Wales as they think it ought to be and start addressing the country as it really is. Gwyn Meredith