IF you've got something to say, say it - and at The National we've always appreciated a strong opinion and those willing to express them. And contrary to claims often made, they didn't always represent the views of the editorial team - but it's good to hear what other people think. 

When Leanne Wood used her Sunday morning column, in the midst of a row over misogyny at Westminster, to state said the party should permanently exclude an MP party leader Adam Price was questioned about it on the BBC's Politics Wales programme.

The column placed more pressure on the party over the place of Jonathan Edwards with the matter recently coming to a head with the MP withdrawing from the Plaid Cymru group after being reinstated.

The saga over Edwards' place in the party, its Westminster group, and his own statements was described as a Jerry Sadowitz joke ran through a PR person by Leigh Jones - Leigh was originally a columnist on The National before joining our sister title, Corgi Cymru as a reporter, where you can continue to find his work. 

Chief political commentator Theo Davies-Lewis has always enjoyed writing about Wales' place in the union, and the influences around that debate, and the interactions between various national (wether Welsh, British or English) institutions.

When The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, suggested that when home nations face each other in sport, God Save the Queen should be played alongside the individual anthems it presented Theo with a clear route to touchdown on some of his favourite subjects.

Theo also warned against complacency of ignoring the arguments of those opposed to the settled will of Welsh Labour, Plaid Cymru and a number of other parties in Wales on expanding the Senedd.

That most British, and most traditional, of institutions, the Conservative Party, could also benefit from taking the Senedd and Welsh affairs seriously, argued Theo.

Leigh Jones tackled the UK's institutions and rituals arguing the UK’s constitution has an overly-deferential reliance on the past.

Dafydd Wigley worried that Wales' constitutional committee may tie Wales to a continued union, asking: "if it is to only to consider models in which 'Wales remains an integral part' of the UK, does that not debar independence as a valid recommendation?"

Rebecca Wilks questioned whether the Welsh independence movement was experiencing an identity crisis having relied "on clichéd grievances about English disrespect for Cymru and Cymraeg, like muscle memory".

Leena Farhat never shied away from challenging conventions and orthodoxies in her columns and sought to remind readers that many people "do not fit into western society’s box and across Wales there are people like me".

Sport has been a regular topic for many of our columnists. During last summer's Euro 2020 tournament, with Wales' footballers again proving they can compete with the best the continent has to offer, Dylan Moore wrote why it is wrong to dismiss culture and sport as peripheral pursuits, ‘nice-to-haves’ – rather than integral to existence.

The success of female athletes, including medalists from Wales, at the Tokyo Olympics pleased Gareth Axenderrie as he was sure it would finally shut up "the whingers who say 'I can’t watch women’s sport'."

While rugby is often described as 'Wales' national sport' Leigh Jones described his own road to Damascus moment, and conversion between the two, while making the journey from Bridgend to football-mad Flintshire the home turf of Gary Speed, Ian Rush, and even an English player called Michael Owen.

Welsh rugby's connections with the royal family also left Leigh asking "which nation does Welsh rugby really serve?".

A drunken pitch invader at Wales' autumn rugby international against South Africa led to broadcaster Bryn Law questioning why the law treats rugby and football fans differently when it comes to unauthorised entry on to the playing field.

Former first minister Carwyn Jones gave an insight into the football versus rugby debate from his own recollections of growing up in Bridgend. In his regular column he also revealed how a bus ride with Boris Johnson was the start of his perception of the future prime minister as a 'Sioni Bob Ochr'.

Another figure who provokes strong feelings is Meghan Markle. While Mel Owen is happy to acknowledge Mrs Harry Wales' "annoying Americanisms" she wrote how the "Meghan Markle Test filters the good eggs from the racists and misogynists".

Whether you've agreed or disagreed with the arguments our columnists have presented, we hope they have at least made you think.