Yes, I understand. Your point about the word "collier" is true; it's not really used so much here now either but at least we know what she's talking about! As for people who left the homeland for the USA, I imagine it was because they were looking for work, just as my Irish great great grandparents left Co. Cork to escape starvation and find work in England. My grandmother's siblings presumably went to the USA for a chance to have a better life.
Politicians claiming to be Welsh
Gaynor, I wasn't refering to your post as a rant but to Madoc Roberts' reply to your post. After reading it again, it still strikes me as offensive.
The author of the article is speaking from a UK perspective. Almost all Americans know about the Irishand Ireland but few know about Wales and the Welsh. Hence, how can there be a hidden political advantage to Ann Romney? What's more, if she had intended to gain political advantage, she would not have used the word "collier"..she would have used the term "coal miner" because most Americans do not know what the word collier means unless they've have or had a family member working in the pit.
It's not my rant, or indeed anyone's. The article is simply stating that it's a new phenomenon for American politicians to claim Welsh rather than Irish ancestry. It's the journalist who is asking "Is Wales the new Ireland?", not me. I couldn't care less.