Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Time to brush away ‘feathers’ duster?
SIR – In response to the letter by Clem Thomas entitled A Symbol of the nation’s conqueror (January 17) we at Embassy Glyndwr wish to make clear that while we have made our Baner Glyndwr Campaign a priority, we wholeheartedly agree that ridding ourselves of the despicable three feathers and its motto of “I serve” should also command an overriding patriotic priority in a post-devolution Cymru which continues to strive, hopefully, as vigorously for independence as the Scots and Catalans.
Space here does not allow for us to disclose the entire history as to how we got lumbered with this badge and motto, suffice to say that we cannot blame the English this time as it was the London Welsh of the Ancient Society of Britons in 1715 (during the year of the first Jacobite revolt) and later, the Cymrodorion shortly after the later Jacobite Revolt of 1745, who adopted the three feathers and the motto I serve. Why? Simply because “Uncle Taffy” was more than eager to express loyalty to the English Crown as a means of self interest and advancement, and the same cultural capitalist class continued in this loyalty to the English Crown in the 19th century for, essentially, the same reasons. For a prime example of this slavish servility, one has but to read the Book Wales: In the Story of Nations written by OM Edwards, who concludes his book with the following statement:
In the developing patriotism of the British Colonies, the Welshman has been among the foremost in devotion and energy. The first period of Welsh history ends with the poet’s lament for its fallen princes; the second ends with the poet’s vision of a future of more self-conscious life and of greater service. The motto of Wales is to be that of its prince – Ich dien...”
Ich dien is German for I serve and OM Edwards was referring to the English Prince of Wales who was, by then, using this badge and motto as an official heraldic badge. If we are to be serious in regards to becoming an independent nation, then we must get serious in regards to ridding ourselves of such symbolic chains of conquest from around our ankles and, as is the case with the Richmond Rag, Embassy Glyndwr has campaigned for years for our fellow Cymry to use the Glyndwr Four Lions Rampant badge instead of the Ich dien feather duster.
We are delighted that Clem has, also, called for unity to realise this aim and we hope as many patriotic Cymry as possible take advantage of the international rugby season get rid of or, cover the three feathers on their WRU shirts with the Four Lions Rampant and the logo Juratus Oweyn (I’m faithful to Owain) a logo that inspired and meant a great deal to Grav, the great Ray Gravell.
CEO Embassy Glyndwr, Abertawe
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Sunday, 12 January 2014
Regards the report by your Chief Reporter Martin Shipton entitled “Council’s union flag disgrace” which appeared in the Western Mail on January 8, I was astonished and disappointed to read in the report that Dennis Morris, the Chairman of a newly formed ‘Plaid Glyndŵr was concerned enough to speak out in condemnation of Abergwaun Council for flying the Union Jack rather than Y Ddraig Goch. As, both, the movements Cofiwn and Embassy Glyndŵr has pointed out repeatedly over the last forty yrs, Y Ddraig Goch flag, as a flag, originated with the Tudor pretenders to the English Throne who were quite willing to display the Red Dragon on green and white Bannerettes and ‘make play’ of it’s links to Cadwaladr and Uther Pendragon to win over the Cymry to their cause but, once Henry VII was crowned, they promptly discarded their Tudor and Cymric connections preferring to be known as the ‘Richmonds’. Then, the ‘Tudor Handle’ was resurrected again for ‘British’ use by an English historian of the 18th century as, indeed, was the Stuart, Georgian and Victorian handles whilst, the flag as it is today, was only ‘given’ to us as our ‘National’ flag by the Queen of England in 1959.
Mr. Morris has chosen to use the name of ‘Glyndŵr’ for his new political party so, the question begs to be asked, why is he not promoting the flying of ‘Baner Glyndŵr’ – the flag of Glyndŵr on all Official and Civic buildings in Cymru - as Embassy Glyndŵr has tirelessly done so for the last 16yrs? Why on earth is he fighting the cause of the ‘Richmond Rag’, a symbol of subservience, insidiously used to weaken our true political patriotism and any hope that we may have in uniting our nation in a ‘national independence’ struggle in the real sense of the term.
Over the years, whilst we have been promoting the flying of the Baner Glyndŵr – the true ‘uncompromising’ flag of an Independent Cymru, Embassy Glyndŵr has encountered, over and over, the weak excuse from “faint hearted” Cymric patriots that…”Y Ddraig Goch is accepted worldwide now…we can’t change that” Our answer to that is, If we cannot even unite to secure that little, that could lead to so much, why pretend that you are prepared to fight the British State for Cymric Independence? If free South Africa can replace the Boer/British Flag with a new flag and the ‘Old South States’ of the USA can ditch the Confederate Battle Flag as a ‘State Flag’, why can’t we be mature and strong enough to demand the Four Lions Rampant of Owain Glyndŵr – the true flag of an Independent Wales as handed down to us by Prince Owain Glyndŵr, our true Tywysog Cymru, as our National flag?
This week, I went to see the Film ‘Mandela’ and throughout the film, I was reminded that the ANC got what they struggled for because they stood united and refused to compromise their ideals so, our message to you Mr. Morris is, if you wish to use the name of Glyndŵr for your party then you have to respect his ideals which he did not compromise so, NO COMPROMISE! If you and other Political Patriots want to declare for one Country and one flag, let it be for a restored Cenedl Glyndŵr – Cenedl Cymru Rydd symbolically represented by the Four Lions Rampant. Its time for Cymric political nationalists to wake up and realize that our symbols must boldly declare what we stand for and distinguish they from those symbols (such as the Union and Richmond rags) that insidiously display us, , as being ‘Loyal’ to England aka ‘Greater Britain’.
This year, 2014 is quite possibly the 660th anniversary of the birth of Owain Glyndŵr (1354) A great opportunity of course to organize events and parties to celebrate this birth and to blanket our nation in Baner Glyndŵr but, is Mr. Morris and other Cymric patriots and Nationalists up to the challenge of seriously promoting such? We shall see.
C.E.O. Embassy Glyndŵr