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    Mervyn James wrote:
    Vox Dei wrote:
    Any reorganisation needs to address identity issues. The new councils need to be called "districts" or "regions", not counties and boroughs The lieutenancy areas need to be realigned to match the 13 counties and the historic town councils should be allowed to be called "borough" councils.
    Anything is better than the 'shire' titling which is an English invention. Let us hope we don't hark back to the 'Monmouthshire' tag again to cover the Old Islwyn and now Caerphilly/Torfaen areas... Re-establish what is the norm now anyway GWENT. Does ANYONE ever use Newport, Mon ? Colonial throwback....
    Nonsense. "Shire" is not an "English" invention, the word itself comes from Old High German and therefore predates the concept of "England" and "English". The historian William Rees says, in his "Historical Atlas of Wales": (published 1959) "... the boundaries of the modern shires have largely been determined by the ancient divisions of the country. The survival of these ancient local divisions within the pattern of historical change constitutes a vital element in the framework of the national life and helps to preserve its continuity.""
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