When I moved back from the ME in 2016 I initially stayed in a holiday let for about 6 weeks while I sorted out permanent stuff and the wife then came over.Stepdaughter is a fluent druid speaker. She's massively into the "YES CYMRU" thing calling for Welsh independence and keeps pestering me about it.
I just point out that her Dad was an English man from Gloucester and very proud of the fact, and that I'm from Yorkshire originally. She has a right hissy fit when I point out that ALL the Welsh castles were built by the ENGLISH in order to enslave the Welsh people and make them live a life of national servitude.
(Last time I did it she was in the kitchen with a rather large, sharp knife, I made a rather sharp exit stage left as she had that look that women have when they're about to be extremely evil)
I was staying in Presteigne - lovely small town in a little Welsh bulge into England - one night I ended up chatting to the Mayor, as you do, and a group of others in one of the pubs. This Welsh Nationalist guy went off on one when he found out I was English. He went absolutely nuts when I said that I'd been living away for a long time and had zero knowledge or interest in that sort of thing, I assume I'm like most English, we don't care, it's simply not on our radar, we don't hate the Welsh and wish them ill, we simply don't think about them, in the same way we don't think about the bloke we don't know who lives the next road down, too busy getting on with our own lives.
Apparently, that was even worse than wanting to oppress and have them all as slaves.
I went for a wee and this guy left, because of me! Couldn't handle it it seems - The Mayor was funny after I said that was a bit weird - he said, 'Yeah, he does get a bit militant and you inadvertently hit every single button he's got in one go'. Rest of the evening was lovely.
I've lived in Wales now for over 5 years - love it - I've tried to be respectful and try to learn enough of the language to be able to not be disrespectful when saying place names and the like. Helps me anyway as I can often be in the darkest deepest bits and need to know the stuff on the maps.
It's mad really - we've 99% in common with every other human on the planet yet we seem to sack everything that brings us together and focus on the minutiae that separates us and then weaponise it - ******* stupid.