There'll be a parliament with the power to raise taxes and refuse involvement in foreign military misadventures ... in the hillsides.

Can Wales? Wales can says WalesCan. "The time of Wales being held back by its lack of self-confidence is ending," according to this Plaid Cymru website. "Our nation is growing in confidence with every generation," says the blurb. "This is not the Wales Cannot Generation. This is the WalesCan Generation – The Independence Generation." That typical bit of political waffle introduces a site dedicated to the idea of a Wales free from Westminster rule.


WalesCan is straightforward. It wants Welsh independence to be seen as a sane and sensible option, rather than the stuff of small-town revolutionaries. The site is soft and lovely and nicely yellow. Radical political change can be friendly and positive, you see. No pistols at dawn needed here.

A series of rolling quotes at the top of the page creates a mood of self-confidence. Channel the wisdom of Abe Lincoln and Ghandi and you're half way to making a notoriously fickle people get with the project of a self-governing Wales it seems.


A series of articles and videos explores the idea of Welsh independence. An English author living in Wales dismisses the idea that being pro-Welsh means you're anti-English. Plaid Cymru AM Leanne Wood talks of a "more equal, sustainable Wales ... which isn’t dependent on fossil fuels."

But who is paying attention? The forums are not exactly full to bursting, many of the sections haven't attracted a comment for months. There is more interest in the have your say section on Scrum [V] on the BBC website. Can Wales? Wales might. But not until the Welsh take to politics with the kind of passion they bring to the field of play.  

26 April 2010