I was reading a blog post about North Korea from the Mail on Sunday's Peter Hitchens. All very interesting but what struck me was this snippet:
"That dead end, at present, leads only to Chinese domination, a fate which might well suit the rest of the world, but which North Koreans themselves greatly dread. As the Tibetans and the Uighurs know (in Tibet and Chinese Turkestan), Chinese domination means the end of national culture, probably the population of the national territory with Han Chinese until the Koreans become a minority in their own country. This is the form which modern Chinese imperialism takes, and I am always amazed that people who get hoity-toity about the wicked past of British imperialism are so uninterested in this development."
Now that comment is factually correct but isn't it also applicable to Wales? Out of 27 Radnorshire communities, 16 have a majority which, according to the 2011 census, does not identify itself as Welsh. This isn't because the locals don't see themselves as Welsh, far from it, it is obvious that the vast majority chose a Welsh-only identity, Like Tibet it is because of a government supported in-migration. In Powys as a whole 49.8% of the population refused to acknowledge any Welsh identity, even though they live in Wales. The position isn't much better further west with 47% of the population of Ceredigion and 35% in Gwynedd also rejecting any Welsh identity, even though the census allowed multiple identity choices.
It seems to me that there are only three reactions to these figures. Firstly you can deny that the Welsh have a separate identity; secondly you can say that it's progress and that the disappearance of small nations like the Welsh or the Tibetans is a jolly good thing; or lastly you can demand that Wales should control its own borders, which in reality means independence from both London and Brussels.
Of course there is a fourth choice, which no doubt most of us will take ¯\(°_°)/¯