The question of Wylfa B and nuclear waste is one that I’ve referred to before. One of the problems that supporters of Wylfa B have is that the construction of a new nuclear power station will inevitably lead to the production of more nuclear waste. We can’t have new nuclear stations without generating more waste, and that waste has to be stored and handled somewhere.
Trying to wash their hands of any responsibility for the consequences of their support for a new nuclear station means that supporters of Wylfa B are following the advice of that spoof poster – keeping Wales clean by demanding that someone else takes our rubbish. But wanting the (alleged) benefits with none of the downsides is an irresponsible and selfish approach; hardly the sort of approach which would make an independent Wales a good world citizen.
My nationalism is based on wanting to see Wales taking her place in the world, taking our own decisions, and accepting both the consequences and the responsibility for them. There’s something very odd to me about nationalists seeking to avoid responsibility for the consequences of the policies they espouse.
I remember hearing Gwynfor arguing that Wales will be free when the people of Wales start thinking and acting as a free people. Assuming that someone else will deal with our problems on our behalf falls more than a little short on that score.