From Planet 219

by Emily Trahair

Looking across the jumbled roof-scape of Aberystwyth this summer you can still see the odd election poster in the dormer windows, including a Plaid Cymru one left up fluorescent and forlorn by English students who have returned home for their holidays. English tourists flow past underneath it, pausing to daydream into estate agents’ windows, skirting round English ‘end-of-the-line’ homeless... This brings to mind the complex relationship between Wales and England – demographically, culturally, politically, economically. How should Wales negotiate this relationship during these next five years now that the devolved areas of the UK are dominated by four different parties? More specifically, what is the future for the ‘anti-austerity alliance’ between parties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

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