Gareth Gwynn Declares Independence From Wales [Radio Wales]

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Part One20201210(Part 1 of 2) Comedy writer Gareth Gwynn wants to talk about Independence. For the past ten years, it’s been the word on everyone’s lips. From Scotland leaving the UK, to the UK leaving the EU, to Zayn Malik leaving One Direction, wherever he’s looked he feels like there’s been someone arguing for their independence - often successfully. Now, he himself wants a slice of that action.

In this two-part adventure, Gareth sets out to see if he can persuade the town of Brecon - where he lived when he was a teenager - to declare independence, not just from the UK, but from Wales itself. With political scientists, pollsters, strategists and top-tier statesmen as his guides, he embarks on an odyssey to discover what really defines an independent state, and what it takes to become one.

On reading - in a UN treaty from 1933 - that states can be defined by four key characteristics (a population, a territory, a government, and the ability to enter into negotiations with other states), Gareth’s heart leaps. If he can somehow prove that Brecon meets these criteria, that’s a strong first step, right?

(Part 1 of 2) Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

Part One2020121020201213 (RW)(Part 1 of 2) Comedy writer Gareth Gwynn wants to talk about Independence. For the past ten years, it’s been the word on everyone’s lips. From Scotland leaving the UK, to the UK leaving the EU, to Zayn Malik leaving One Direction, wherever he’s looked he feels like there’s been someone arguing for their independence - often successfully. Now, he himself wants a slice of that action.

In this two-part adventure, Gareth sets out to see if he can persuade the town of Brecon - where he lived when he was a teenager - to declare independence, not just from the UK, but from Wales itself. With political scientists, pollsters, strategists and top-tier statesmen as his guides, he embarks on an odyssey to discover what really defines an independent state, and what it takes to become one.

On reading - in a UN treaty from 1933 - that states can be defined by four key characteristics (a population, a territory, a government, and the ability to enter into negotiations with other states), Gareth’s heart leaps. If he can somehow prove that Brecon meets these criteria, that’s a strong first step, right?

(Part 1 of 2) Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

Part One2020121020201211 (RW)
20201213 (RW)
(Part 1 of 2) Comedy writer Gareth Gwynn wants to talk about Independence. For the past ten years, it’s been the word on everyone’s lips. From Scotland leaving the UK, to the UK leaving the EU, to Zayn Malik leaving One Direction, wherever he’s looked he feels like there’s been someone arguing for their independence - often successfully. Now, he himself wants a slice of that action.

In this two-part adventure, Gareth sets out to see if he can persuade the town of Brecon - where he lived when he was a teenager - to declare independence, not just from the UK, but from Wales itself. With political scientists, pollsters, strategists and top-tier statesmen as his guides, he embarks on an odyssey to discover what really defines an independent state, and what it takes to become one.

On reading - in a UN treaty from 1933 - that states can be defined by four key characteristics (a population, a territory, a government, and the ability to enter into negotiations with other states), Gareth’s heart leaps. If he can somehow prove that Brecon meets these criteria, that’s a strong first step, right?

(Part 1 of 2) Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

(Part 1 of 2) Comedy writer Gareth Gwynn wants to talk about Independence. For the past ten years, it’s been the word on everyone’s lips. From Scotland leaving the UK, to the UK leaving the EU, to Zayn Malik leaving One Direction, wherever he’s looked he feels like there’s been someone arguing for their independence - often successfully. Now, he himself wants a slice of that action.

(Part 1 of 2) Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

(Part 1 of 2) Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

(Part 1 of 2) Comedy writer Gareth Gwynn wants to talk about Independence. For the past ten years, it’s been the word on everyone’s lips. From Scotland leaving the UK, to the UK leaving the EU, to Zayn Malik leaving One Direction, wherever he’s looked he feels like there’s been someone arguing for their independence - often successfully. Now, he himself wants a slice of that action.

In this two-part adventure, Gareth sets out to see if he can persuade the town of Brecon - where he lived when he was a teenager - to declare independence, not just from the UK, but from Wales itself. With political scientists, pollsters, strategists and top-tier statesmen as his guides, he embarks on an odyssey to discover what really defines an independent state, and what it takes to become one.

On reading - in a UN treaty from 1933 - that states can be defined by four key characteristics (a population, a territory, a government, and the ability to enter into negotiations with other states), Gareth’s heart leaps. If he can somehow prove that Brecon meets these criteria, that’s a strong first step, right?

(Part 1 of 2) Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

Part Two20201217
Part Two20201217(Part Two of Two) Comedy writer Gareth Gwynn wants to persuade Brecon - where he lived when he was a teenager - to declare independence. Not just from the UK. But from Wales itself.

In part one of his quest, Gareth explored whether Brecon could, “on paper”, meet the definition of an independent state, according to international law. Now, in part two, he’s taking things to the next level. In order to turn his dreams of Brecon Independence into a reality, he’s got to go hell-for-leather and call a referendum.

Armed with advice from expert political scientists, election strategists, and other independence campaigners, in this episode Gareth explores how referenda have been won and lost in the past, and what this means for him in Brecon. He investigates how to sell the economic and emotional arguments for Brecon Independence to the electorate, considers the advantages of hiring a campaign bus, and finally, takes to the streets to win hearts and minds.

As end of the programme draws near, and the people of Brecon weigh up their options, Gareth’s left wondering: is he about to secure a ‘yes’ majority for Brecon Independence? And if so… what happens next?

Comedian Gareth Gwynn pushes for a referendum on Brecon Independence (Part Two of Two)

Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

Part Two2020121720201220 (RW)(Part Two of Two) Comedy writer Gareth Gwynn wants to persuade Brecon - where he lived when he was a teenager - to declare independence. Not just from the UK. But from Wales itself.

In part one of his quest, Gareth explored whether Brecon could, “on paper”, meet the definition of an independent state, according to international law. Now, in part two, he’s taking things to the next level. In order to turn his dreams of Brecon Independence into a reality, he’s got to go hell-for-leather and call a referendum.

Armed with advice from expert political scientists, election strategists, and other independence campaigners, in this episode Gareth explores how referenda have been won and lost in the past, and what this means for him in Brecon. He investigates how to sell the economic and emotional arguments for Brecon Independence to the electorate, considers the advantages of hiring a campaign bus, and finally, takes to the streets to win hearts and minds.

As end of the programme draws near, and the people of Brecon weigh up their options, Gareth’s left wondering: is he about to secure a ‘yes’ majority for Brecon Independence? And if so… what happens next?

Comedian Gareth Gwynn pushes for a referendum on Brecon Independence (Part Two of Two)

Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

Part Two2020121720201218 (RW)
20201220 (RW)
(Part Two of Two) Comedy writer Gareth Gwynn wants to persuade Brecon - where he lived when he was a teenager - to declare independence. Not just from the UK. But from Wales itself.

In part one of his quest, Gareth explored whether Brecon could, “on paper”, meet the definition of an independent state, according to international law. Now, in part two, he’s taking things to the next level. In order to turn his dreams of Brecon Independence into a reality, he’s got to go hell-for-leather and call a referendum.

Armed with advice from expert political scientists, election strategists, and other independence campaigners, in this episode Gareth explores how referenda have been won and lost in the past, and what this means for him in Brecon. He investigates how to sell the economic and emotional arguments for Brecon Independence to the electorate, considers the advantages of hiring a campaign bus, and finally, takes to the streets to win hearts and minds.

As end of the programme draws near, and the people of Brecon weigh up their options, Gareth’s left wondering: is he about to secure a ‘yes’ majority for Brecon Independence? And if so… what happens next?

Comedian Gareth Gwynn pushes for a referendum on Brecon Independence (Part Two of Two)

Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

(Part Two of Two) Comedy writer Gareth Gwynn wants to persuade Brecon - where he lived when he was a teenager - to declare independence. Not just from the UK. But from Wales itself.

Comedian Gareth Gwynn pushes for a referendum on Brecon Independence (Part Two of Two)

Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.

(Part Two of Two) Comedy writer Gareth Gwynn wants to persuade Brecon - where he lived when he was a teenager - to declare independence. Not just from the UK. But from Wales itself.

In part one of his quest, Gareth explored whether Brecon could, “on paper”, meet the definition of an independent state, according to international law. Now, in part two, he’s taking things to the next level. In order to turn his dreams of Brecon Independence into a reality, he’s got to go hell-for-leather and call a referendum.

Armed with advice from expert political scientists, election strategists, and other independence campaigners, in this episode Gareth explores how referenda have been won and lost in the past, and what this means for him in Brecon. He investigates how to sell the economic and emotional arguments for Brecon Independence to the electorate, considers the advantages of hiring a campaign bus, and finally, takes to the streets to win hearts and minds.

As end of the programme draws near, and the people of Brecon weigh up their options, Gareth’s left wondering: is he about to secure a ‘yes’ majority for Brecon Independence? And if so… what happens next?

Comedian Gareth Gwynn pushes for a referendum on Brecon Independence (Part Two of Two)

Comedian Gareth Gwynn sets out to convince Brecon to secede from Wales.