Plaid Cymru – How the mighty has fallen

The establishment of the National Assembly for Wales (a title that infers it’s an Anglo-British institution gifted to Wales, not a Welsh institution) has possibly been the worst thing to happen to Plaid Cymru.

It has gone from being a Welsh national party fighting for the Welsh nation to a Party of Wales hoping for a greater role in the National Assembly for Wales to serve the ‘people of Wales’ with better government services.

The degradation of Plaid Cymru from the champions of the Welsh nation to regional party operating in Wales is amply evident when comparing election broadcasts of today and back in 1974.

Below is Plaid Cymru’s latest political broadcast in a run up to the Assembly elections on 5 May.

What’s their plan for Wales? Better government services. And hope (they get more votes).

Not a whisper of national aspirations, like our nation, culture, language, freedom, independence.

Not a whisper of how we are being bullied and exploited by Brussels and London.

The words ‘Welsh’ and ‘nation’ have been whitewashed out of their discourse – probably due to a politically correct adherence to multiculturalism and never-ending global political integration.

It appears that Plaid Cymru transformed from our national champions to our smiling undertakers.

To better appreciate the transformation I’m talking about, have a listen to Gwynfor Evans addressing our nation 42 years ago in 1974.

Gwynfor unashamedly refers to ‘us Welsh’ and ‘our nation’.

He reminds us that unlike the English nation, we are an ancient nation with a deep and rich heritage.

He reminds us that its both honorable and our right to fight for freedom – because our freedom was never given away, just brutally robbed from us.

This is the Plaid Cymru I joined many years ago. The Plaid Cymru that was Welsh. The Plaid Cymru that fought for our nation, whatever the odds.

Plaid Cymru was a party that stood on principle. It was a party that could inspire – not bore with vague public administration policies.

It appears that the modern version of Plaid Cymru has got its head stuck so far up the bowels of Assembly committee-land it is beyond redemption.

Which means we need a new Welsh national party unafraid to say it like it is and ‘stick it to the man’.

Given that Plaid Glyndwr has seemed to gone into hibernation, only the voters of Newport West will be given an opportunity to cast an authentic vote for the Welsh nation.

See Sovereign Cymru’ s press release posted below:

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New party Cymru Sovereign calling for Welsh sovereignty from Westminster and the EU standing in the Welsh Assembly elections.

The party, officially established in March 2016, believes that Wales should be a fully sovereign state in the world, out of the control of both the Westminster establishment in London as well as the undemocratic European Union. The party also wants to see a publicly owned Central Bank of Wales and the creation of a debt free Welsh pound currency.

Other policies include a common sense firm but fair points system for immigration in to Wales and the scrapping of the current disastrous local development housing plans. These have seen the Welsh Government admitting on record that they want to build a disproportionate 190,000 new households in Wales ‘for UK needs’ rather than Welsh needs in the next 20 years. Cymru Sovereign urges the need to scrap these plans and instead ensure that new and social housing are built to cater for local needs first and foremost.

The party is putting forward its first candidate, party founder Gruff Meredith in Newport West constituency in the Welsh Assembly elections on May 5th.

More details and the party manifesto can be found on the party’s official website:
cymrusovereign.cymru

A new nationalist party for Wales?

The following was taken from an interview in Glowg360.com with English translation inserted.

Plaid genedlaetholgar newydd i Gymru

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New nationalist party for Wales

Mae gan Gymru blaid genedlaetholgar newydd asgell dde sy’n credu mewn creu gwlad annibynnol fydda ddim yn rhan o’r Undeb Ewropeaidd.

There’s a new right-wing nationalist party that believes in creating an independent country that’s not part of the European Union.

Bwriad Plaid Glyndwr yw rhoi dewis arall i genedlaetholwyr sydd yn anghytuno efo dyhead Plaid Cymru am Gymru werdd Sosialaidd.

Plaid Glyndwr intends to offer nationalists, who disagree with Plaid Cymru’s  programme for a green socialist Wales, another choice.

“Mae yna lawer o bobol sy’n Genedlaetholwyr, ond maen nhw’n sibrwd y peth,” meddai Dennis Morris, gŵr 55 oed sy’n byw yn Wrecsam ac yn gyn-aelod o Blaid Cymru.

“There’s a lot of people who are Nationalists but they prefer to keep it quiet”, says Denis Morris, a 55 year old man who lives in Wrecsam and was a former member of Plaid Cymru.

“Does dim byd yn bod ar genedlaetholwyr. Yr oll yr ydan ni eisiau ydy rheoli ein materion ein hunain…tydan ni heb ffurfio Plaid Glyndwr i ladd ar Blaid Cymru, mae ein amcanion ni’n wahanol.”

“There’s nothing wrong with being a nationalist. All we want is to run our own affairs by ourselves … we haven’t formed Plaid Glyndwr to kill Plaid Cymru, it’s just our aims are different.”

Fydd Plaid Glyndwr ddim yn rhannu awch Plaid Cymru at ffermydd gwynt a phaneli solar.

Plaid Glyndwr won’t share Plaid Cymru’s position regarding wind farms and solar panels.

“Mae ganddon nhw’r ffantasi werdd yma, fydda’n wych mewn byd delfrydol. Ond rydan ni mewn dirwasgiad, a dylai swyddi ddod cyn unrhyw bolisïau gwyrdd.

“They’ve got a green fantasy, great in an ideal world. We’re in a tight situation and jobs should come before any green policies.”

“Ar hyn o bryd mae rhoi bwyd ar y bwrdd a thalu’r morgais yn bwysicach. Mae polisïau gwyrdd yn dda i’r amgylchedd ond yn creu ychydig iawn o swyddi.”

“For now the important thing is putting food on the table and pay the mortgage. Green policies are good for the environment but create few real jobs.”

Gwrthwynebu gwladychu

Opposing colonisation

Annhegwch mawr yng Nghymru heddiw yw bod teuluoedd o Loegr yn cael cartrefi ar rent yng Nghymru, ar draul y Cymry eu hunain, yn ôl Dennis Morris.

A big unfairness today in Wales is that a family from England can rent a house in Wales at the expense of the Welsh themselves, explains Dennis Morris.

Mae’n cyfeirio at y stori ddiweddar yn The Guardian am gynghorau Llundain yn chwilio am dai i’w rhentu ym Merthyr Tudful, ar gyfer teuluoedd fydd methu fforddio byw ym mhrifddinas Lloegr pan fydd cwtogi at fudd-daliadau fis Ebrill nesaf.

He refers to the story in The Guardian about London councils looking for houses to rent in Merthyr Tydfil for families that won’t be able afford to live in the capital city of England after cuts to their welfare benefits next April.

“Mae yna 2,000 o bobol ar restr aros [am dŷ] ym Merthyr, ac rwan mae son am drosglwyddo pobol o Lundain i Ferthyr.

“There are 2,000 people on a waiting list for housing in Merthyr, and now there’s talk about tranferring people from London to Merthyr.

“Lle mae’r 2,000 o bobol ym Merthyr i fod i fynd?

“Where are 2,000 people in Merthyr going to go?

“Ond dw i heb weld unrhyw aelod Plaid Cymru yn siarad yn erbyn hyn. Does neb wedi dweud dim.

“But I don’t see any Plaid Cymru member speaking out against it. Nobody has said anything.

“Ac eto yn y dafarn a’r swyddfa bost leol dyma mae pobol yn ei drafod. Mae pawb yn trafod hyn heblaw’r gwleidyddion. Mae hynny’n hollol anghywir.”

“And yet in the local tavern and post office there people are talking about it. Everyone is talking about it apart from the politicians. That’s completely wrong.”

Leanne’s proposals – re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic

leanne wood plaid cymruLeanne Wood, newly elected Leader of Plaid Cymru The Party Of Wales, has outlined a programme to revive the Welsh economy see: Plan C. As is usual for virtually all mainstream political parties these days, it boils down to “re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic” rather than exposing the underlying causes and proposing necessary radical changes to the system.

Unsurprisingly, she starts with the standard put-down of Wales with the usual labour-like-lefty moaning refrain: “we’re sooo poor – it’s not fair!, etc. etc.”.

She then calls for “the devolution of borrowing powers and responsibility over macro-economic levers” and a change in public procurement policy.

Regarding procurement policy, the way it works these days is through competitive bidding – with the ‘best value for money’ (lowest bid) almost invariably winning. Yes, that means that outside corporate interests can usually win these bidding wars ensuring that tax money returned to Wales quickly disappears again, keeping the economy short on cash.

Leanne Wood is absolutely correct in questioning this ‘best value’ approach to public procurement but her proposals to change it is just hot air and would never fly – because it directly conflicts with one of Plaid Cymru’s most cherished goals – to become another vassal state of the European Union.

The EU is all about protecting the interests of the financial elites and corporate power. It is the EU that forces competitive tendering and ‘best value’ procurement ensuring that money always moves up, and the growing divide between the uber-rich and the rest of us is maintained and strengthened. You only have to see the current brutalisation of the Greek, Spanish and Irish people by the EU troika’s* austerity demands if you have any doubts what membership in the EU really means.

“Progressive procurement” as Leanne calls it is good idea, but impossible in Plaid Cymru’s larger vision for Wales.

As for the devolution of “borrowing powers” – that’s a no starter. In fact it’s a very narrow-minded approach to reviving the Welsh economy. Wales, like the rest of the Western world, is already suffering under crippling debt levels. The UK government has allowed commercial banks to take control of 97.3% (and growing) of the entire UK money stock – meaning that debt-slavery, relentless crippling inflation. and austerity measures are built into the system.

We don’t need more debt. We need LESS debt – and more real (debt-free) money.

On that vein, it’s ironic that two speakers were invited to the Assembly in this Spring (arranged and hosted by a Labour and Conservative AM). One speaker was Ben Dyson of Positive Money. The other was a researcher from the New Economics Foundation who made an argument for the creation of a debt-free Welsh pound spent into the economy which would rapidly make Wales the most solvent and vibrant economy in Western Europe. (That’s not rocket science. It’s just basic mathematics, simple and straightforward – once you understand how the money system and economy actually work in the real world.)

What’s ironic about these monetary reform proposals made to Assembly Members and members of the public was that not one single Plaid Cymru AM bothered to come and listen – even though I personally invited (virtually insisted) that Plaid’s shadow minister for economics, Alun Ffred Jones, come to the talk!

Leanne then goes on to propose an “unconventional fiscal policy [which] involves shifting the balance from revenue spending to capital expenditure. On a macro level, the proposal is for the government to control and manipulate the economy through its enormous fiscal clout. That makes perfect sense if you adhere to an overbearing government bureaucracy controlling almost every aspect of our lives. They tried it in the USSR. Didn’t work. They are now trying it in the EU. Won’t work. It will just lead to more stagnation and collapse.

We need a Welsh government that says NO MORE! to the international financiers and corporate interests controlling people and governments around the world. Simply “window dressing politics” will no longer cut the cake. Until Leanne and Plaid Cymru are willing to admit that the financial Emperor (the City of London and the EU troika) has no clothes, and accept that we need a commonsense and radical shift away from an economy based on debt and concentration of power, they can not offer the Welsh nation annibyniaeth go iawn – real freedom or independence.

If you are a Plaid Cymru member, please tell your party bosses to pay attention to the short video below, and do some thinking.

*The troika is a slang term (Russian for triad) for for the three organizations which have the most power over member state’s financial future – or at least that future as it is defined within the European Union. The three groups are the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the European Central Bank (ECB).

Plaid leadership contenders face-off

Plaid leadership contendersBelow is a brief summary of the speeches given by the three Plaid Cymru leadership contenders in Cardiff on 2 February.

At the bottom of this post is the  video (14 minutes) of the actual speeches.

Synopsis

Dafydd Elis-Thomas

Breaking the ice with a little ‘Assembly humour’, Dafydd suggests we are entering in a new era for Wales and talks about the challenges that face us including changing climate, economics and the future constitution of the UK – given Scotland’s march to independence – wrapping up with a reference to a Roc Cymraeg oldy-goldy. The inference seems to be that these are uncertain, even historic times and steady hand on the helm is needed. He keeps his speech to a merciful 3½ minutes but only in Welsh which I found a little odd having discovered recently that he can speak English fluently.

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Elin Jones

Elin warns us not to think that Scotland and Wales are comparable on our roads to independence and then goes on to highlight Plaid’s highest priority – “rescuing communities from this recession” and creating a “second industrial revolution” – “all of this is within our control”. She emphasised the need to broaden the appeal of the party to the majority. She is ready to lead party, and even topple Carwyn Jones to become the next Prif Weinidog. She reminds us she has been a long-term politician and underlines her good leadership characteristics: experience and ambition. She spoke for 6½ minutes.

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Leanne Wood

Leanne launched into the need to reform a failed capitalist system that was “exposing poor and vulnerable people” and threatens the welfare state. Solutions included harnessing renewable energies, combating climate change, by means of [state?] control over natural resources. Her top priority is jobs and economy. “Real independence is a means to an end, not the end in itself”. The goal is to get the power to protect communities, language, and “build communities from bottom up”. In her Wales, “everyone who can work – does!”. To achieve these goals she tells us we need “full control” over resources and the economy (which justifies independence). She spoke for 4 minutes.

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Review  (the Verdict)

It’s hard to tell where Dafydd is coming from. He keeps his cards close to his chest. Elin and Leanne throw what they believe to be their best cards down on the table.

I have no doubt that Dafydd would make a good diplomat. When I’m President of the Welsh Republic I will not hesitate in selecting him to head up diplomatic missions to a troubled areas, such as England. Dafydd is clearly the ‘safe choice’.

Both Elin and Leanne present similar versions of “it’s the economy, stupid” theme characterising Wales as “poor and vulnerable” needing “protecting” and “rescuing”.

Although their intentions may be honourable their approach is worrying. Coupled with a religious-like desire for ‘full control to fix the system and save their people’ Elin and Leanne are concocting a recipe for an oppressive, controlling governance ‘for our own good’.

Many years ago I might have been inspired by their rhetoric of championing the downtrodden and building the New Jerusalem. But I have long since replaced those comic books for instruction manuals on how things really work.

Sure, Wales has deep systemic problems, as does the entire Western World, but it’s still a place where the English are moving to in the thousands. Mass English immigration is more of a threat to Welsh nationhood than the economy. Our real vulnerability is our open borders.

The economy could be easily corrected without oppressive government interference. We simply need to find the courage to say ‘enough is enough’ to private banks’ fraudulent control of the money supply.

The spirit of genuine democracy and true independence is anarchistic in nature. Only when ‘we the people’ become empowered, both politically and financially, will we be truly free and independent.

When it comes to the ‘perfect leader’ I like what Lao Tzu wrote many many centuries ago:

“Of the great leaders the people will say we did it ourselves.”

in other words, the best leaders inspire and enable – not proscribe.

Welsh Water Ripoff

welsh water for walesWater is life and by natural right it belongs to the country it’s found in – but not in Wales. Since 1989 our water has been ‘privatised’.

Crooks, claiming ownership with pieces of paper with numbers and fancy words backed by Banksters, English Law, the police and if need be, the British Army, took exclusive ownership and control of our water resources.

Predictably, things have gone downhill since then. This essential and valuable resource became the plaything of transnational corporate power games. The Welsh nation bowed to this new usurper by paying tribute in the form of sky-high water bills.

By the turn of the century Welsh water’s ‘owner’, Hyder, mismanaged itself into bankruptcy. A hasty Assembly-lead ‘Welsh-solution’ rescue package was cobbled together.

But the facts tell a different story …

Hyder, means ‘confidence’ in Welsh – the name being little short of a confident trick. Hyder was not a Welsh company at all. Not even remotely. (Reports say that Hyder’s bosses insisted employees mispronounce its name as ‘hider’.)  After staggering mismanagement Hyder was flogged off to  Western Power Distribution, an American-controlled conglomerate that picked up our water resources as part of its global public utilities portfolio.

Then the Bansters (NatWest) stepped in to purchase our Water resources using a newly fabricated organisation (which the dummies down in the Assembly were keen to take credit for), It was labeled a “not-for-profit Welsh solution” calling itself Glas Cymru, literally, Blue Wales.

But Glas Cymru’s Welsh credentials are at best window dressing. With regards to its ‘not-for-profit’ spin, the reality is that just about everyone involved makes a tidy profit – except the Welsh.

Glas Cymru’s claimed not-for-profit status is deceitful. Basically, all it means is that the money to bail out Hyder’s inherited debts was borrowed rather than financed through selling shares. This deal now results (2011) in £174 million (or approx. £135 of each and every household water bill) in interest payments every year – essentially a private Bankster’s tax.

In other words, this ‘Welsh solution’ to managing our water now results in a yearly transfer of £174 million from us in Wales to the wealthy banking elites centered in London. And for this privilege all they did was to type a few numbers into a electronic accounts (As we are all coming to realise, borrowed money is fraudelent money created by banks out of nothing at no cost to them.)

This ‘Welsh water solution’ is a scam of mega proportions – but under English law and  slavish Assembly mentality, it’s considered legal and sensible.

The ‘Welsh’ dimension to Glas Cymru is in its selection of members. It was first headed by Lord Burns, a favourite of the Thatcher era (formerly Treasury Permanent Secretary) who as the non-executive chairman (i.e no responsibilities) gets payed £140,000 a year. That was way back in 2002, probably a lot more now. Bob Ayling, below, took over from Lord Burns in 2010.

glas cymru chairman

In addition to the Chairman there are 9 other appointed mainly non-executive directors which is essentially patronage appointments with no responsibility. It’s hard to get a precise figure on how much we are paying them for doing nothing but “Directors’ emoluments” is listed as costing us £1,200,000 in 2011. Divide that by 10 and you get £120,000 each.  To see a list of the latest Glas Cymru “good welshmen” click here.

At Glas Cymru’s inception, “Welsh” Labour was predictably pleased with itself -“I particularly welcome the prospect of Welsh Water being owned once again based, managed and controlled from Wales, based on a principle originated in Wales”, said our then Prif Weinidog Rhodri Morgan.

Although Glas Cymru claims to own and control Welsh water resources, it doesn’t actually run the industry. The real work is contracted out to very-much-for-profit companies.

Although they still use the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water tag, the fact is that the companies squeezing us for profit by supplying us with our own water are not Welsh at all. The business of maintaining the water supply is contracted out to United Utilities, a profit-making English company. Customer service is contracted out to profit-making Thames Water, an English subsidiary of a German-owend conglomerate RWE. Other companies such as Wessex Water also have their fingers in the our water pie.

Unravel the “Welsh not-for-profit” spin and we discover exactly the opposite.

So where was Plaid Cymru “The Party of Wales” when this was all coming about? Should they not have been screaming “bloody murder” from the rooftops and exposing this farce called a ‘Welsh solution’?  Yes, you’d think so … but no, not a murmur. Incredibly, Plaid’s policy on Water was written by a member of Glas Cymru (who also doubled as a member of Plaid). Accordingly, it stated, without any qualification,

We need to recognise that re-nationalisation [of the water industry] is neither feasible or necessarily in the interests of Wales and its various stakeholders.”

What it neglected to point out was that Welsh water resources had never been nationalised in the genuine sense – owned by Wales for the Welsh. ‘Nationalisation’ has always meant controlled by the British State thoroughly dominated by majority English interests. Plaid’s policy also failed to explain who the “various stakeholders” were but we can assume they include the bodies, including members of Glas Cymru, who are pocketing tidy sums of money for their stamp of approval.

With regard to the prospect of Welsh companies managing our own water resources, the paper takes a familiar ploy in talking us down and virtually dismissing Wales’ ability to undertake such operations. “The obstacle”, it stated, “will be in developing a management, technical and systems infrastructure comparable with those developed by incumbent operators.”

No, us Welshies could never manage our own resources as good as the English and Germans do it for us. What demeaning neo-colonialist bunk! – and straight out of a Plaid policy paper!

The policy paper was warmly endorsed by Arweinydd y Blaid Ieuan Wyn Jones who wrote in the forward that the policy paper is “a significant event in the evolution of party policy”. Significant indeed. Who is left to champion natural justice for Wales if not our illustrious  ‘Party of Wales’?

The only saving grace in this policy paper was a meek suggestion that perhaps we should be seeking some return for the water transported to England. Approximately half of all Welsh water resources is exported to England for the grand sum of £0 – dim byd. They get our water, we don’t even get a ‘thank you’ in return.

It’s the British version of free trade – Wales gives, England takes – for free.

Not only that, average domestic water bills in England are substantially lower than in Wales – around £50 less on average. The official excuse for this discrepancy is that it is cheaper to transport Welsh water to England for English consumption than to keep it in Wales for Welsh consumers. Go figure that one out!

If Wales began to charge a fair price of its exported water resources well over £100 million in extra revenue could be generated (or around £100 could be deducted off our annual domestic water charges for every household).

Also, if we cut the Banksters out of their ill-gotten annual take for their fraudulent money creation (i.e. counterfeiting) on a massive scale, our domestic water bills should be close to zero – possibly even get paid a dividend each year.

They call it ‘market rationalisation’. We should call it for what it is – state sanctioned theft on a grand scale.

dwr cymru welsh waterEven if we continued to pay the Bankster’s private tax called interest, a nationalised Welsh Water Industry publicly financed and contracted to Welsh operators, including a fair recompense for our exports, would ensure our domestic water bills could be halved in cost – as well as ensuring a secure economic opportunities for people in our rural communities.

For the sake of our children, if nothing else, it’s time we stared demanding just that.

 

Plaid Cymru leader contenders – in a nutshell

BBC sent out number of identical questions to the four hopefuls to become the new leader of Plaid Cymru and has published their answers on four separate web-pages – which makes comparison difficult.

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Additionally, when you cut out the fluff (a disease most British politicians seem to be plagued with) we can make fast and useful comparrisons of their postions.

Below are the 6 BBC questions and the abridged answers below for easy comparison:

Q: Why did Plaid go backwards at the last assembly election?

Dafydd Elis-Thomas: Lack of ‘electability’ – not credible enough.

Elin Jones: Lack of ambition and clear national vision.

Simon Thomas: Our message was confused and not getting through.

Leanne Wood: Not forward looking enough.

Q: Is it true, as Eurfyl ap Gwilym says, that some Plaid candidates and spokespeople need to pull their socks up?

Dafydd Elis-Thomas: My socks are made in Wales.

Elin Jones: Yes we need to work harder and be more focussed.

Simon Thomas: I do think the whole party has to up its game.

Leanne Wood: Yes – No member of Plaid Cymru is exempt!

Q: How can Plaid strike the balance between calling for independence and avoid “appearing to be interested in constitutional matters only”?

Dafydd Elis-Thomas: Sustainable development, effective use of natural resources.

Elin Jones: Wales needs more powers to create a fairer society and stronger ecomony.

Simon Thomas: Fight for the control and ownership of our natural resources.

Leanne Wood: Focusing on the economy and jobs.

Q: Do you expect to see an independent Wales in your lifetime?

Dafydd Elis-Thomas: Yes

Elin Jones: Not sure.

Simon Thomas: Yes

Leanne Wood: Yes.

Q: After years of trying to promote the party as representing everyone in Wales, why did the review find there was still a perception that you are perceived as the “Welsh-speaking party”?

Dafydd Elis-Thomas: Excuses are made for a lack of real political engagement.

Elin Jones: Ours is a vision for the nation, not any one constituent part.

Simon Thomas: Plaid’s message needs to be heard in a different accent.

Leanne Wood: I’m not sure.

Q: Should Plaid be called the Welsh National Party in English?

Dafydd Elis-Thomas: No, “the party of Wales” is better than “Welsh National Party”

Elin Jones: It’s not important. It’s a matter for the party as a whole.

Simon Thomas: No, the party already has an English name – the party of Wales.

Leanne Wood: No – it’s mere cosmetic change.

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So who’s the winner? Here’s my take:

1 point for Dafydd for his Welsh socks 😀

minus 1 point for Elin for waffling on an independent Wales in our lifetime.

minus 1 point for all 4 candidates on being too conservative not open to reconsidering the party name in English.

(When you consider the fact that the name of the party is possibly the only thing a majority of voters know about Plaid Cymru, or consider when it comes to marking their X, the name could be the single most important factor. This is a case of the candidates not seeing the forest because the trees are in the way.

Additionally, the current use of the term ‘Plaid’ for Plaid Cymru, or in other words, a singular ‘Party’ or more accurately in English – ‘The Party’ – has some creepy Staninesque overtones.)

Final tally – Dafydd narrowly wins with the humour factor! But none of the four rocked me with their vision or inspired me with their drive and ambition. Seems like they have spent too much time in committee-land secure in their fortress called the Assembly. As a result they start to sound like their masters – the bureaucratic chieftains.

What do you think?

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If you want to read the entire transcripts the BBC links are below:

Dafydd Elis-Thomas

Elin Jones

Simon Thomas

Leanne Wood

The candidtes have their own websites;

Dafydd Elis-Thomas

Elin Jones

Leanne Wood

(I have been unable to source a website for Simon Thomas. If such a website exists please put it in the comments section below)

Plaid Cymru Duplicity

A long time ago in a previous century I joined Plaid Cymru because I’m a Welsh nationalist who believes in the importance of the Welsh nation reclaiming its right to be a free and independent people.

Out of nostalgia I still have my Party card with the aims stated on the back, foremost among them:

  • Sicrhau hunan-lwyodraeth i Gymru a sefydlu gwladwriaeth ddemocrataidd, yn seliedig ar egwyddorian sosialaidd.
  • To secure self-government for Wales and a democratic Welsh state, based on socialist principles.

A “democratic Welsh state” is simply another way of saying a Welsh Republic.  So why didn’t they say it?  Probably due to Plaid Cymru’s longstanding and greatest fault – institutionalised fear of upsetting anyone, especially the British Establishment.

Another problem with that aim was the escape clause – “based on socialist principles”. Nothing wrong with socialist principles – unless they supersede democratic principles – which they clearly do in this aim.

In a democratic state, a genuine republic, the people decide on what principles they which to be governed – not a sanctimonious inner circle of smug patronising intellectuals who feel they know better than y werin, the commoners.

And that’s always been the problem with Plaid Cymru – a party run by an Ivory Tower Inner Circle that holds in disdain the views and interests of the grass-roots membership and in tandem, the Welsh people themselves.  Perhaps on some gut level people can sense this – which would go a long way to explain the inability of Plaid Cymru to become a the main political force in our country.

In 2001 when this smug inner circle staged a coup of the Party’s aims wiping out the old ones and replacing them with watered down new ones – designed to offend no one – with no mention of an independent Welsh state. It was pushed through in a ‘special conference’ in Builth Wells.

Despite myself and a couple of other Welsh nationalists passionately arguing against this betrayal, the majority of the delegates behaved like sheep and approved the changes to please their masters.

The majority of Party delegates betrayed the principles and founders of Plaid Genedlaethol Cymru (as it was first known) out of sheer acquiescence and cowardice, deferring to the Party’s  inner circle  – who were more than ready to sell out their own Party and country to please their masters – the UK establishment.

Sheep, the lot of them. That’s also the day I left Plaid Cymru as it was no longer a place for Welsh republicans (if it ever was).

So here we are 10 years on, A ‘fakebook friend’ informed me that Plaid Cymru has now changed its aims once again and has introduced the word ‘independence’ into it’s aims. Sure enough, the new foremost aim reads:

“secure independence for Wales in Europe”

The problem with this newly worded aim is that it’s an oxymoron – meaning that it contradicts itself and is virtually meaningless. How so?

“In Europe” can mean only one thing – being a member of the European Union. The fact is – you cannot be simultaneously be a member of the European Union and independent – any more than Wales can be independent and part of the UK.

Both political structures, the UK and the EU, represent an erosion of democracy and self-determination. It is rule from a distant body outside the democratic control of the people.

Independence in the European Union? What a joke. It’s hard to say if those who worded this new aim are trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the Party membership – or they are just too thick themselves to grasp the contradiction.

For those who would argue that we have to be in the European Union for the sake of our economy (yes, we’re back on our knees again), it might be worthwhile to point out that the two most prosperous and secure nations in Western Europe are the two who are not members of the EU – namely Norway and Switzerland.

Membership in the EU would not only rob us of the independence we crave, it would also impoverish us in the long-run, after we have spent the financial bribes that will undoubtedly be offered to keep us under our new master’s thumb.

Take a look at Ireland. What a sad story that is. They gave their blood, sweat and tears to win independence from the UK only a couple of generations ago. Now their cowardly politicians have handed it back to Brussels resulting in Ireland becoming a  bankrupt vassal state of Euroland. Way to go guys!

Irish-born Pat Condell tells the story of the Irish experience of European Union membership without all the bullshit we’ve come accustomed to mainstream media fact twisting.

Let it be a warning to Wales, and those EU loving sycophants in Plaid Cymru.