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Labour and Cilmeri; COMMENT & DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES.

SIR - It is particularly apposite that Ed Miliband should talk of one nation politics, because it helps explain the Labour Party and its position on Cilmeri.

In Wales we have two nations, the Welsh and the non Welsh, the latter mainly comprised of the migrants drawn to Wales during the coal boom. These are the people from whom the Labour Party gets its support. The Labour Party was founded to act as a party to represent the working class and from its origin was British and Centralist, and basically anti Welsh, because there were two nations in Wales, each with their own traditions and history.

Thus, the events at Cilmeri, to celebrate a hero of the indigenous Welsh, mean nothing to the Labour Party because its not part of their history. It's a division between the colonised and the colonisers, as can be seen by the viscous grip the Labour Party has had on the Valleys for over a century, in which anything remotely Welsh, was ignored and neglected and subjected to discrimination because it didn't fit the image of the colonisers represented by the Labour Party.

Mr John H Davies of Llandyssul will have a long wait to see Labour politicians attend Cilmeri, because it's more likely that an American redneck would attend a celebration of Geronimo's life than a Labour politician would attend Cilmeri, because Llywelyn was our Geronimo and represents a different outlook, culture, political philosophy and history to that of the Labour party, and perhaps that's why they are carrying out a witch hunt against Plaid members who go to Cilmeri, because in the end they are afraid of the truth.

RON JAMES Cyncoed, Cardiff
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Oct 17, 2012
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