London-born Plaid Cymru MP, Liz Saville Roberts has questioned Westminster’s rights to impose British identity on Welsh communities, accusing Westminster politicians of playing “Little England identity politics.”
The Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP was responding to an urgent question in the House of Commons on the publication of the Dame Casey Review, which recommends forcing people to swear “an oath of integration with British values and society”.
The Review examined ways to improve community cohesion and integration. Anybody moving to anywhere in the British Isles from another country, and anyone who holds public office, regardless of their country of birth, would be forced to swear an oath, if the report’s recommendation is accepted.
Commenting, London-born Plaid Cymru MP, Liz Saville Roberts MP, said:
“As a born-and-bred Londoner, representing the most Welsh-speaking constituency anywhere in the UK, I do not see how a British State-imposed identity will lead to community harmony and respect.
“Westminster’s Little England identity politics will not bring about greater social integration – it will further alienate people from an already distant and out-of-touch establishment in the south east of England.
“Integration and community cohesion will come from making the necessary services and support structures available to ensure that disadvantaged communities have access to the same opportunities as society at large. Silencing some cultures, and forcing others through an oath would be a deeply damaging, imperialistic move backwards.
“For too long people have migrated to the UK, often fleeing conflict, poverty and natural disasters, have been left to fend for themselves in a foreign country with little or no support from the Government, only to be faced with criticism about not becoming part of society fast enough.
“Plaid Cymru believes everyone should feel respected within their communities, and not condemned for their diversity and different ways of life. Services need to be in place to support all those who make the UK their home, to ensure they know how to navigate through society to start their new lives.”