Next week’s Cardiff Radical Socialist Forum on the national question couldn’t come at a more opportune time. Following the huge protests against Israel’s invasion of Gaza, nearly 1000 people listened to former inmates of Guantanamo at a Cardiff meeting this week. At the same time the strike at the Lindsey oil refinery was being settled – a strike which disturbed many with its ‘British jobs for British workers’ slogan and provoked bitter debate on the left: was this simply an outpouring of national chauvinism or an attack on organised trade unionism which could be turned in a positive direction? And should the left not have been equally appalled in 2007 when Rhodri Morgan cracked open the champagne to celebrate jobs for Welsh workers instead of English at the £12 bn projected St Athan military academy?
There is plenty more to discuss: does opposition to the imperialist plans of the US, UK and Israel mean we have to support Hamas? Can the situation in Palestine be resolved with two separate states, or should the present state of Israel be done away with altogether? Is there any parallel between Palestine and Wales, and is the aim of an independent Wales justified?
Anyone interested in these questions will be welcome at the Model Inn, Quay St, at 7.30pm on Weds 11 Feb.