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Joe England

For Britain See Wales: A Possible Future?

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Devolved governments have given Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland confidence and control over policy areas for over two decades. But their powers came into focus during Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to questions about the economy and control of funds across the UK.

Now Joe England explores the possible constitutional meltdown of a divided UK and its consequences, reflecting on Wales’s position as the poorest nation of all. As a constitutional crisis looms, this book contemplates a reimagined Wales and what that would mean for its people. This is the story of how Wales reached an economic and constitutional crossroads and the choices that must now be made.


Praise for Merthyr: the Crucible of Modern Wales:

'A fantastic piece of work. Highly impressive and just what is needed. An historical argument that takes in the complete sweep of industrial Merthyr's experience from the Poor Law to popular politics, from industrial developments to urbanisation the book is all the stronger for it.' – Andy Croll, University of South Wales.

'A must-read for anyone interested in Merthyr Tydfil and Dowlais and their extraordinary impact upon the wider world' – Huw Williams



Joe England was educated at Cyfarthfa Grammar School, Merthyr Tydfil and at the University of Nottingham where he studied Economic and Social History. In a varied career he has been editor of a weekly newspaper, a full-time lecturer for the Workers Educational Association, Deputy Director of the Department of Extra-Mural Studies in the University of Hong Kong, Research Fellow in the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University, and Principal and Chief Executive of Coleg Harlech, Wales’ residential college for adults. He has travelled widely in East Asia and is well known as a lecturer on social and industrial affairs. He has published a number of books including the critically acclaimed biography of place, Merthyr: The Crucible of Modern Wales.