Lost Cymru

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The valleys are in uproar. EU statisticians would now be as welcome in Wales as the news that Anne Robinson is buying a holiday cottage in the village next door. Forgetting to put this land of minstrels and poets on the cover of the 2004 Eurostat Yearbook was probably not the most sensible way of advancing to "ever closer union", all things considered.

The valleys are in uproar. EU statisticians would now be as welcome in Wales as the news that Anne Robinson is buying a holiday cottage in the village next door. Forgetting to put this land of minstrels and poets on the cover of the 2004 Eurostat Yearbook was probably not the most sensible way of advancing to "ever closer union", all things considered.

The EU must make some grand conciliatory gesture to remedy this slight. We suggest adding "Le pays de Galles" to that select band of nations with the privilege of hosting the European parliament. After all, it has a nice ring to it: Strasbourg, Brussels ... Swansea.

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