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Posted by: AJ on February 6, 1999
Subject: Devolution again
I have always been a staunch apponent of devolution. I see it as a tool of breaking up British unity, and this upsets me. It's not about Scottish oil. Scotland benefitted strongly from British union as they were given free trade with England and a foot in the door of all of England's colonies and wealth oversees, and yes, England got Scotland's oil. But it's more than that now. I'm English as I was born in England, but i'm British as it's our ethnic group and common culture. There are Welsh speakers everywhere in my family history, and my grandfather fought proudly with the Black Watch highland regiment. I am full-blooded British, and that's why I opposed devolution. But after my recent day trip to Edinburgh, I learned more about devolution than I ever have from the news or media. Increased Scottish, Welsh, and even English identity that devolution will bring is only 'dangerous' if it is taken out of control. An awareness that we are 'different' but still share the common history of our ancestors and culture is wonderful. To know that we are a single nation of different parts is a draw card, and if we pull of the issue of devolution right, people overseas of British racial origins will once again be proud to declare it and will know better where they come from.

There is no forseeable need know to break up countries even further, only to be swallowed up by Europe, but rather we can retain our individualities whilst still being fiercely British, and regaining our indigenous rights, and regenerating our culture, customs and folklives. Devolution can work well for Britain as a whole, but independence is not the answer for any of her parts.

Hwyl fawr i gyd.
Rule Britannia.

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