People in Scotland and the six counties in the north of Ireland already see the writing on the wall for the union. 

Another referendum in Scotland, fully justified by the Brexit results, will hopefully deliver independence - and, given the outcome of this year’s election in the north of Ireland, and the ensuing abysmal behaviour by Ulster unionists, it’s likely Ireland will be reunited within a generation.

So what about Wales?

Although thousands of us marched in Wrecsam last weekend in favour of Welsh independence, we are way behind our Celtic cousins when it comes to making the case. That has implications.

For, while "muscular unionism" as a concept may well have been invented to stop the Scots, it’s us Welsh who are bearing the brunt through power grabs, funding cuts, effective repealing of Welsh legislation - in short, the undermining of devolution at every opportunity.

Post-Brexit legislation saw powers previously held by Wales and the EU clawed back by Westminster.

Brexit also saw the loss of more than £1 billion to Wales because the new shared prosperity fund hasn’t matched previous European funds, despite promises to the contrary.

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The HS2 rail line runs entirely through England and no where else, yet it’s classed as an England and Wales project, thereby avoiding the Barnett consequentials which amount to £5 billion over the course of the project. 

The so-called "levelling up" cash is being doled out directly to local councils for specific projects in Wales, without discussion or consultation with the Welsh Government about national infrastructure priorities. 

Most worryingly, and in the wake of the recent RMT dispute over the border, comes confirmation that the Tory government plans to repeal the Trade Union Wales Act (2017) which currently prevents the employment of temporary workers to break public sector strikes.

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The consequence of this will be to directly undermine industrial relations, which have developed positively since the establishment of the Workforce Partnership Council, a forum made up of Welsh government, trade unions and employers. 

The views and policies of the Welsh government have been overridden and undermined time and time again, in a manner that would never dare be tried with Scotland.

Why? Because Westminster politicians understand the threat the Scots pose to the union.

Isn’t there a lesson here for us Welsh?

Mark Drakeford says he will resist Tory plans to rip up Welsh trade union legislation - but how exactly? By writing a letter?

He has no powers to resist, nor the political motivation. In any case, his Welsh MPs wouldn’t let him. But Drakeford must resist unionist bullying if he really wants to defend Cymru. 

This latest Westminster débâcle further helps make the case for independence and the opportunity to do things differently.

The Scots and the Irish know what they’re doing and are already taking advantage of the situation.

I hope this time the First Minister will do more than write another bloody letter.

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