He tells the Welsh that “the contribution of Wales to the industrial development of Britain was enormous, helping to create prosperity and to turn us into a world power. In return, Wales has long benefited from support from the Treasury, with Welsh public spending almost £1,000 per head higher than in England.”
He repeated the Ignorant Jock‘s claim that nationalists and the Tories were trying to balkanise Britain – something Labour has already done with the regionalisation of England and the re-establishment of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as “nations” within his “nations and regions of Britain”
“By trying to whip up and then harness nationalist sentiment in England, they risk unleashing forces which can lead to only one thing: the Balkanisation of Britain. That would damage Britain and damage Wales.”
“Unless we see it off, it will prove a one-way street to the disintegration of the United Kingdom – and a one-way street to irrelevance for Wales.”
Not only is Hain a bigot but he is also a hypocrite. He openly reminds the Welsh that they are reliant on English taxes to balance the books and that without England, Wales is an irrelevance. Don’t get me wrong, I like Wales and in the past Welsh coal and water has helped our economy boom but nowadays Wales is a drain on English resources.
For the benefit of English taxpayers and for the benefit of Wales’ self respect, a fully federal union or complete independence is the only way forward. The balkanisation of Britain has already happened thanks to New Labour and their anglophobic devolution project. It’s too late to stop it happening and nationalism will keep rising no matter how many times these self-serving politicians talk about “shared values”.