Ever since Ted Heath swept away the old counties in the first local government reorganisation back in 1974, the way many of us identify with the counties where we live has changed. Most people under the age of 50 probably think that Glamorgan sausages were named after a cricket club. Some counties which re-emerged following the 1996 reorganisation, such as Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Sir Fôn/Anglesey, retain a strong local identity, while the bonds in others are weaker.
Carmarthenshire is such a geographically, culturally, linguistically and economically diverse county that it is sometimes hard to see what binds us together apart from council tax demands and Meryl Gravell.
If you were to create a graphic showing the relative strength of local identities in Wales, Carmarthenshire would probably fall somewhere in the middle in the grey zone between Pembrokeshire at one end, and the people who live in places such as Penderyn (was Brecknockshire, then Mid Glamorgan, now Rhondda Cynon Taf, soon to be something else) at the other.
Leighton Andrews will unveil proposals for another reorganisation of local government boundaries in July, and at the moment it is anybody's guess what he will come up with.
Carmarthenshire could remain as a standalone authority, but would probably be one of the smallest in any new order. It could be merged lock, stock and barrel into a re-created Dyfed, or it could be divided up, with Llanelli becoming part of a new greater Swansea, and the rest becoming part of a new entity which combines Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion.
One idea favoured by Elin Jones and others is two new entities, north and south, with the northern half being made up of North Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and the northern half of Carmarthenshire. It has a lot to recommend it.
To the uninitiated, last week's meeting of Carmarthenshire County Council looked like a show of unity, with Plaid, the Independents and Labour joining forces to call on Leighton Andrew to leave Carmarthenshire alone, and there can be no doubt about the sincerity of Cllr Emlyn Dole, the leader of the Plaid group, and Kevin Madge, the Labour leader, although Kev's claim that his Labour group is "100% behind this" is questionable.
Equally sincere in their defence of Carmarthenshire were Cllrs Glynog Davies and Alun Lenny, with Alun Lenny making the valid point that we have to differentiate between the county itself and the administration running the county, although that is difficult after so many years of Meryl, Mark and Madge.
Not far below the surface, things are a lot more messy and party membership matters less than local loyalties. Almost certainly some of those who voted in favour of keeping Carmarthenshire as a standalone authority are busy lobbying Leighton Andrew to take Llanelli out of the county, and there are other powerful voices outside the county council who want the same thing.
Without Llanelli, Carmarthenshire cannot survive as a separate unitary authority.
In their vote on Cllr Dole's motion calling on the Welsh Government to keep Carmarthenshire as a standalone authority, only Cllr Siân Caiach voted against.
Kevin Madge then got himself into the pages of the South Wales Guardian, saying that we had just 90 days to save Carmarthenshire. Yes, we the people have to "step up" and make it clear that we want to save Carmarthenshire, presumably by lobbying our Assembly Members, although his idea of leadership does not extend to what practical steps he wants "the people" to take.
In reality, Keith Davies, the Labour Assembly Member for Llanelli, has already made it clear where he stands, and it is not with Kev.
Also, whatever proposals Leighton Andrews comes up with will be subject to public consultation, although perhaps based on his experience of how things work in Carmarthenshire, Kevin Madge does not seem to think that will be anything other than a formality.
But what do you think?