Political regeneration "impossible" without the break-up of the Union, says Monbiot


George Monbiot (Image: John Russell © CC-BY-SA-2).0

Guardian columnist and environmentalist George Monbiot has said that the "slow collapse" of the United Kingdom "creates an opportunity" for the nations of these isles to "do things differently".


Writing in the Guardian, Monbiot says that the results of the Holyrood and Senedd elections could advance the collapse of the Union, which he believes might be necessary to enable "political regeneration."


Monbiot says that he has long failed to understand why liberals are enthusiastic about the UK, which he sees as a "mechanism for frustrating progressive change" and "crushing political aspiration."


Independence, he says, could afford Cymru and Scotland an opportunity to cast aside Westminster corruption to create "21st-century governments".


Turning his attention to England, Monbiot says that while the break-up of the UK might seem like a disaster for progressives; leaving them with a perpetual Tory majority. In reality, England must face up to this problem alone, "without recourse to the princes over the border."


If the UK does collapse, then its "preposterous, antiquated system" will become "ever harder to justify" as the newly independent nations next door "embrace meaningful democracy."


For Monbiot, "political regeneration" would be "impossible" without the break-up of the Union.

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