For those who believe that nationality is important, the drop-down menu regarding nationality does not include mine i.e., Welsh. This is not just on Gaire I might add. BRITISH should fall into three categories. WELSH, SCOTTISH and ENGLISH. Britain is merely an island that happens to have three different multi-cultural nations who inhabit it.
Wales, you might be forgiven for thinking, is the land fated to be ignored. Here in Dublin, despite my obvious Welsh accent, I am often asked what part of England I'm from. But, usually, I get; Wales? I love the Welch.
Alone among the island of Britain's nations, Wales doesn't even feature on the Union Jack. Stalin had a habit of removing his enemies from group photographs; by not including Wales on the flag, England, in a metaphoric gesture, removed Wales completely from the map! A few years ago, a bureaucratic blunder left Wales off a map of Europe on the cover of a prestigious EU reference book. The statistics that were requested for the reference book came from Westminster! This is institutional racism on a very grand scale indeed!
So, personally, nationality is important to me as a Welshman. Some time ago, I belonged to a band of brothers and sisters who campaigned vigorously for independence for Wales using direct and indirect non-violent action against Westminster. No, we didn't gain independence, but the Welsh language is now compulsory in schools; more and more people speak Welsh and are not ashamed to use it. Wales now has a Welsh Assembly Government whose powers of self-government within Europe move ever closer. Thanks to Ireland and its success in having Gaeilge recognised as an official language in Europe, Welsh too will soon be recognised as an official language within Europe.
Yours, a proud Welshman, a fellow Celt who is very proud to be living in Ireland - a free state!
Are we Celts? Another topic I think!!!