Since 1990, when devolution took place in the UK with the intention to decrease nationalism within the UK, academics, journalists, and politicians alike have been questioning whether devolution has actually increased or decreased nationalism. Some suggested devolution would give those nations within the UK some legal power and abilities which would keep the citizens of those nations satisfied. It can plainly be observed that with devolution, it has become a great fight by those nations for more power and legal rulings within their nations. Devolution within the UK has also created an inequality of powers whereby MPs of devolved nations can vote on English legal subjects whereas English MPs do not have that ability to vote on the devolved nations laws. As expected with such inequality comes great complexity, and here we see both.
But really, it is worth questioning whether devolution was the probable cause for nationalism within the UK. Clearly there already existed great national pride within the Celtic nations for devolution to have occurred in the first place. But 2016 and 2017 have provided telling proof that nationalism exists not only in the UK but globally. It was the UK referendum vote to leave the European Union in June 2016 which showed the first instance of nationalism in this globalised world. In this instance England and Wales voted with the majority voting to leave the European Union where as Northern Ireland and Scotland voted a majority to remain within the European Union. This was closely followed by the US presidential election, whereby Donald Trump won the Republican primary and thereafter the US Presidential election. Donald Trump was an obvious populist politician. Following on from President Trump we saw the National Front; identified by the mainstream media as being a racist party, in France reach the final stages in the French election and we also saw Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) another nationalist movement win seats in the German parliament.
It was in the 60s when we started to see the beginnings of mass immigration to the UK, however it existed from 1945 onwards. Inevitably this changed the shape of the UK and with those changes we saw the Welsh revert back to their home language and found them to pass legislation for all children taught in Welsh schools learning the Welsh language. Was this a reaction, a nationalist reaction to the mass immigration from Asia and Africa? Indeed, we could look at devolution in the UK as a polite rejection towards mass immigration from other countries. So, perhaps if we look back in time, at the disputes between academics, journalists and politicians, and scrutinize the arguments they've produced with regards to devolution in the UK, perhaps what they all failed to observe was that all countries and all nations were becoming extensively nationalistic in an unnatural globalist climate. So, the question we need to ask is how do we reorganise our societies in the multicultural nation's which some of the natives so clearly reject?