The Government in the next Senedd term has mammoth tasks before it.

Economic and public health recovery, with its every move rightly scrutinised; attempting to halt the catastrophe of climate change; developing our international relationships in an inward-looking United Kingdom; breaking the cycle of communities displaced by touring capital; the challenges are listless, despite the attempt.

The Government’s ambition to meet these challenges is there, though to what extent it can affect them with its current responsibilities is unfortunately clear. In the United Kingdom, we’re hamstrung.

The difficulty it has in making wide-ranging, societal changes through policy – with big ideas and revolutionary rhetoric ending in the now-traditional shrug of ‘our hands are tied’ – reflects the unevenness of development in the British Isles as a whole.

As Raymond Williams noted: "When capital has moved on, the importance of place is more clearly revealed".

It is evident the UK Government understands and is threatened by this.

As the government in Whitehall calls time on industries, the communities born around them remain.

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When the working classes have only those communities to centre ourselves, organising in solidarity against a negligent Westminster feels like a threat to the UK Government’s power.

When Westminster, therefore, reneges on its promise to leave swathes of the island ‘not a penny worse off’, and ‘levelling up’ looks more like sanding down of those communities’ edges, it’s entirely consistent with the UK government’s tendency to hoard power centrally for the benefit of tax-dodging beneficiaries chasing their next free buck.

There is a Britain beyond the structural inequalities, uneven development, and irredeemable corruption of the United Kingdom.

A Britain in which Wales, like Norway in Scandinavia or Estonia in the Baltic states, has the capacity to approach every policy area with the communitarian values the people of Wales have voted for for over a century.

One in which working together freely with our community across the island is more natural than at present.

For us at Labour for an Independent Wales, a group of Labour Party members, this democratic socialist Britain can be built through independence.

Are people in the northeast of England less deserving of an opportunity to change their material circumstances after decades of deindustrialization? No.

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Nor should the communities in the English southeast, exposed most dramatically to the UK’s trademark inequality, not take the opportunity to discard that trademark.

For Wales, that opportunity is independence. For others, cracking open a UK state allergic to progressive reform allows for fundamental reform.

What an independent Wales can do that a dependent Wales cannot is offer others a blueprint to reverse inequality, to attempt to halt the stampede of climate change, to entrench workers’ rights, and more.

The opportunity for Wales to transform the insular borders of the United Kingdom into the outward-looking, democratic socialist, internationalist outline of a Welsh state, working together with other British nations, is here but we need now to move the conversation from ‘why’ to ‘how’.

Over the next few months, we will be publishing a series of pamphlets, deep dives, case studies, and hosting events, on the big questions.

How can a Welsh state become an international force for good? How can we reinvent the local and regional economy? How can we interact, trade, and work with British, European and global nations better?

Essentially: what does independence look like?

The first of these seasons will focus on internationalism, with publications and events leading up to the pamphlet publication on the September 30.

For a century we have voted for a better Wales, and more often than not, a tangible difference isn’t felt.

The United Kingdom is a broken state; the hands of the Welsh Government are interminably tied by it.

Independence can offer us a route to democratic socialism – join us over these coming months to discuss how.

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