It's mainly a profile of Leanne Wood, apparently the favourite to take over the leadership of Plaid Cymru (who knew?). A "proud republican", she views Wales's economic development as typical of other colonial/extractive economies like those in Latin America. Her "Greenprint" for the south Wales valleys sets out a vision of "food sovereignty" and "self-sufficiency".
The Guardian piece is longer on the profile of Ms Wood than it is on numbers and comes with self-regarding fillers by its writer, John Harris. Judging by the map, we may be in for a border dispute over the Wirral.
Wales has a gleaming new assembly building (who paid?), free prescriptions (who paid?), and "when the coalition in London raised tuition fees to £9,000 (no, they didn't), the government in Cardiff guaranteed to meet the cost of the increase for any student who lives in Wales". Who paid?
Even the Welsh Labour leader has suggested replacing the House of Lords with a chamber split evenly between the UK's constituent countries:
You'd have a lower house selected on population and an upper house selected on geography, so there's equal representation. That's something we could look at now. The US does exactly that, and the US is stable.This is fairyland. Let Wales go its own way, then. But does it want to?
Sadly, at last year's Welsh Assembly elections Plaid came third, even behind the Tories, with 19% of the main vote. "Not exactly earth-shaking", says The Guardian's man, leaving you to wonder why his long piece centres on a political loony whom they might choose as their leader.
Suddenly, I'm in favour of Welsh independence. Go for it, Wales.