I’m still (thanks to DW) reeling from what can only be described as a quite astonishing ethno-nationalist diatribe delivered by the Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price.
For students of the euphemistically labelled "cultural" nationalist theorists lurking throughout the United Kingdom today it’s a classic:
1.The employment of what Conor Cruise O’Brien described as "ancestral voices" to support a present-day political opinion.
2.The use of, at times, offensive hyperbolic terminology- keep words like "genocide" for the deliberate wiping out of entire populations in the likes of Bosnia and Darfur, not for the "murder" of a language.
3.The employment of the "False Consciousness" *argument*, so beloved of the Provos during their terror campaign: ie "There is no such thing as Brits in Ireland or Wales, only misguided idiots fooled by the English oppressors into thinking they are".
4.As mentioned, the mangling of historical fact (e.g Wales was the "first" colony of the Normans? Really?)to prove a political point.
5.The concept of "Collective Responsibility" being used to denigrate an entire people for the actions of a few. Is he, for example, really saying the English miners and factory workers toiling in the mill-towns of Northern England were the *oppressors* of the miners and factory-workers likewise toiling in industrial Wales? Following his logic and the throwaway term of "English" to constantly label the baddies of the piece then, yes, he is.
Push a few gratuitous "indigenous" into the mix and you’re left with the burning question at the end...this man is supposed to be positioned on what is considered as the "progressive" wing of Welsh nationalism? If so, then I’d really hate to see the reactionaries let loose...