Sunday, 1 May 2016

Unison deliberately misinforms members on Plaid and Green policies.

There has been  Understandable anger by Plaid and the Greens  over  a leaflet produced by the Trade Union  Unison over a leaflet which is misleading.

The leaflet is designed to promote the Labour Party on the best possible light but deliberately misinterpreted both Plaid and the Greens policies.

It is possible someone in Unison scanned the rather scant "Welsh" Labour Manifesto for polices it approves on and then decided what he or she thought was the polcies  of the other parties without bothering to check them and somehow present Labour in the best posible light.

The Plaid leader Leanne Wood has written to Unison to clarify the Party position


Many Trade Union supporters who support Parties who backing for Union rights and campaigns  are better than Labours over the last 40 years are sick of the Hierarchy  pouring money into Labour coffers only  to see that party betray them.

On the subject of dirty tricks maybe the Lib Dems in Ceredigion should think twice before sending a lying "Council Tax Bill" to the Plaid candidate


I know they are desperate but making such blatant falls claims  is hardly  going to enhance their claims to be a honest party.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Plaid may well be feeling a wind change in thier favour.

Looking at Social Media Plaid activist  appear to have gained an extra spring in their step 

With a strong performance in the last Leaders Debate  which the Wasting Mule called for the Plaid leader Leanne Wood and  its readers even more so

We asked readers to rate the leaders performances on the 90-minute debate chaired by Huw Edwards - and to tell us who they thought would make the best First Minister.
On both questions, Plaid leader Ms Wood came out resoundingly on top.
Our ratings tool was completed 5,017 times during and after the debate and our short questionnaire was filled out by 1,807 people. Voting has now closed.
The next was La Pasionaria  of the Lib Dems with 5,3/10 and 16.1%

Also according to the Mule

Latest polling data has revealed where the closest contests in next week’s National Assembly election are likely to be.
These, and all other projections, are derived from a Wales-wide poll and calculated on the basis of a uniform national swing.
And it looks promising for Plaid

 There, just 0.1% separates Tory Janet-Finch-Saunders, who has held the seat for the last five years, from her Plaid Cymru rival Trystan Lewis.
According to YouGov’s most recent poll for ITV Wales and Cardiff University, the Conservatives are on 28.0% of the vote, against 27.9% for Plaid Cymru. Labour is a fairly distant third on 16.4%.
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire 
Currently held by the Conservatives’ Angela Burns. But according to the poll she is trailing to Plaid Cymru’s Simon Thomas. He is said to be on 31.4%, with Ms Burns on 29.9%. Labour is trailing on 21.2%.
 Director of the Institute of Welsh Affairs Lee Waters is defending the seat against former Plaid Cymru AM Helen Mary Jones. The poll puts Ms Jones ahead by 41.1% to 30.4%.
Plaid may be also eyeing Clwyd West  where they were on a healthy 23% and have  one of their top AMs  Llyr Huws Gruffydd who may be hoping that he wins there and not be reliant on results to win  for the Regional lists 
There's  also the question that  a late surge could see Leanne toppling Leighton Andrews in the Rhondda and Neil McEvoy  pulling off a major shock in Cardiff West.
Going into the last week couldn't be worse for Labour in what to me seems to be an orchestrated attempt  to use the Anti-Semitism   row to dislodge its leader  . It seems some Labour figures at Westminster seem prepared to sacrifice  its candidates the Welsh  Assembly , the Scottish Parliament  and local elections in England .
Mr Corbyn was due to appear with "Welsh Leader" Carwyn Jones appear on Friday at the Pencoed campus of Bridgend College to meet staff and apprentices .

 There are some reports that Mr Corbyn was asked to stay away but probably it was due to Mr Corbyn  has bigger problems at home.

If Plaid can maintain the momentum   and renewed optimism  they may well get a further boost from deserting Labour voters, It may not be for the right reason but it could lead to even more surprises  next Thursday,

Friday, 29 April 2016

He's not the Messiah but he's a very able boy,

I must admit  the  Welsh Conservatives have a point in attacking a a Plaid Cymru leaflet calling one of its candidates the "prophetic son".
In my view without a doubt Adam Price, standing in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, is one of the most outstanding  politicians  in Wales  and if elected will undoubtedly make a contribution to the Assembly which sometimes seems lacking in Talent,
I when he to left the House of Commons  and spent some time n the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, referred to him for a while  as the Pri(n)ce over the Water.
I thought that at the time it probably reflected the feeling that Plaid as in the doldrums and needed one of his Star players back
But this is surely OTT 

 Text of the leaflet
Mab Darogan is a messianic figure from Welsh folklore, said to be destined to drive the English out of Britain.

Written by Adams replacement as the constituency MP Jonathan Edwards  it maybe didn't need the Messianic connection.  
Conservative rival Matthew Paul said it was "possibly the most sycophantic thing" he had ever seen.
Senior Plaid politicians are literally crawling over each other to pay tribute to their returning 'son of Wales', Adam Price.
"Fortunately he is also pretty good at talking himself up, and [Plaid leader] Leanne Wood will surely now know that the knives are sharpening."
Plaid Cymru claimed he was "bitter" and the Tories were becoming "desperate".
Responding on Twitter  the author of this leaflet doesn't seem worried about the criticism
Thanks to for their story covering my passionate endorsement of my good friend
So maybe it was deliberately designed to draw out such a reaction and getting more coverage for Adam Price undisputed qualities. 
If so it seems to have worked.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Help me Rhonda? Rhonnda? Rhondda?

Where does the Labour Candidate for the Rhondda live 
According to the Wasting Mule 
Driver logs released under a Freedom of Information Act request show current Rhondda AM Leighton Andrews being chauffeured regularly from his home in Llandaff to Cardiff Bay – a journey of four miles.
Llandaff I thought he lived the Constituency  

Don#y get me wrong  I don't think every Candidate should come from the Constituency they are standing for but surly we can expect once elected their main home should be there.

Someone of Unemployment benefit would be expected to travel from Llwynypia to work in Cardiff Bay if offered a job there .

And we can't expect a AM from North Wales fpr instance to daily commute 

Why however does Leighton have another home in Llandaff? 

If he doesn't rive there's always the Train.

The commitment  of Plaid's Leanne Wood to her home in Penygraig in the constituency but  she seems the only candidate who lives in the constituency.

Sorry my mistake the Uip candidate for the election in the Rhonna appears to live in Porth on the constituency 
However his leaflet apparently has a problem

Regular readers of this Blog will be aware of my occasional  Typos you can expect them to get the name pf the constituency right.

Of course they could be big Beachboy fans?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

We can thank devolution that our Doctors are not on strike.

Thank God he cannot carry out his "Mandate" in Wales.

Although we in Wales are not directly affected by the Junior Doctors dispute with the (English) Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt it is important that we note that Hunts justification for his belligerent attitude is that his proposal were part of the Conservatives 2015 General Election Manifesto.

Speaking in the commons , Hunt said:

“No trade union has the right to veto a manifesto promise voted for by the British people. We are proud of the NHS as one of our greatest institutions but we must turn that pride into actions and a seven-day service will help us turn the NHS into one of the highest quality healthcare systems in the world.”

Now this is interesting because the Tories received no such mandate from Wales and certainly not from Scotland.

Indeed this is a case of e Conservatives are idea for English votes for English laws (EVEL). Mr Hunt is only Health Secretary in England.

If anyone still doubts devolution  especially those who consider themselves anything but right of centre then without the devolved powers to our Legislatures in Wales , Scotland and Northern  Ireland then Mr Hunt could make the same statement as he imposed his plans on us as well.

We to would be facing our Doctors bravely standing up to a Westminster Government that cannot admit it has made a error in judgement .

For our English friends it may prove that that they are going to see a face of EVIL sorry EVEL  based on a Right Wing Ideology  for a long time.

But we must not  be smug Hunts claim of a "British Mandate  is one that the Tories claim for their Ideological Austerity cuts  even when no such mandate came from Wales, or Scotland  (and no Westminster Government has a mandate from Northern Ireland).

So we can claim that these are English Votes for British Laws.

I gain  no pleasure in our friends in England facing possible decades of Tory governments whose agenda is to destroy the Welfare State  and privatise the NHS.

But if there was a valid argument for Wales not to be included and Independence this is surely one.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Labour may welcome Ukip presence in the Welsh Assembly.

One of the interesting things about the  latest  Welsh Political Barometer poll.  Is that Labour appear to be the only Party to be adversely  by the second preference vote  for the Regional seats

Constituency Vote

Labour: 33% (-2)
Plaid Cymru: 21% (no change)
Conservatives: 19% (no change)
UKIP: 15% (-2)
Liberal Democrats: 8% (+2)
Others: 3% (no change)
Labour: 29% (-2)
Plaid Cymru: 22% (+2)
Conservatives: 19 (-1)
UKIP: 15% (-1)
Liberal Democrats: 8% (+3)
Greens: 4% (no change)
Others: 4% (+1)
With the other Parties either remaining the same or gaining votes Labour are a good 4% down on the Regional lists 
This reflects Labour Dominance in the Constituencies in Wales and somewhat vindicates the very idea of the Top up system 

Labour: 28 seats (26 constituency seats + 2 list seats)
Plaid Cymru: 13 seats (7 constituency seats + 6 list seats)
Conservatives: 10 seats (5 constituency seats + 5 list seats)
UKIP: 7 seats (7 list seats)
Liberal Democrats: 2 seats (2 constituency seats)
There appears to be some indication that the Lib Dems calls for a second vote transfer to stop Ukip in the Regional vote.

Plaid  are also is buoyed by the findings. Particularly with the Leaders Popularity pol putting Leanne Wood streets ahead  .

Rhun ap  Iorwerth, said:

“This is an encouraging poll for Plaid Cymru and shows that we have momentum going into the final days of the campaign. We are delighted that the warmth, respect and affection we’re experiencing for Leanne Wood on the doorstep is reflected in this poll, which gives her a clear lead as the most popular party leader in Wale

Is Plaid on a a small surge ? I am not sure but a result mirroring   the latest may well not see any challenge to Leanne's leadership .

It may well be that the apart for themselves the only Party  that may be happy to see Ukip win seats is Labour.

With no overall Majority they may well think that they can run Wales on their own as the opposition parties particularly  Plaid and the Lib Dems are unlikely  to be keen to be voting with Ukip.

It may well be governance  by division of your opponents.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Rather than compulsory voting we need a true Welsh Media.

The very real prospect that the Welsh Assembly elections will see less than 40% of the electorate  bothering to vote is worrying for the validity of Welsh Democracy.
So much so that Labour's deputy minister for culture, tourism and sport has said. that compulsory voting should be considered to boost turnout at Welsh Assembly elections, Labour's deputy minister for culture, tourism and sport has said.
On Sunday, he told BBC Radio Wales he was "personally in favour" of compulsory voting.
His party - which has previously rejected the idea - declined to comment.
The Welsh Conservatives, UKIP, Plaid Cymru and Welsh Liberal Democrats said they were all against the introduction of compulsory voting.
Mr Skates, who is standing for re-election as an AM in Clwyd South, told theSunday Supplement programme he was "disappointed" by the turnout in the constituency during the last assembly election - about 40%.
"It's always of concern when turnout reduces. I'm personally in favour of compulsory voting and always have been,"
 ."I think it's important to examine all possibilities to improve turnout using digital technology, but also considering compulsory voting."
Welsh Conservatives leader Andrew RT Davies has warned turnout for the 5 May vote could be the lowest so far.ever, 

However Mr Davies said compulsory voting would allow politicians to "abdicate their own responsibility for increasing public engagement with politics".
He added: 
"We need to make politics more engaging, interesting and representative - not hold a gun to people's heads and force them to vote."
A Welsh Lib Dems spokesman said the party
 "believes people should be able to keep their right not to vote".
UKIP also poured cold water on the suggestion, with MP Douglas Carswell saying: 
"Government should not penalise voter disengagement.
"Instead"Government should not penalise voter disengagemend we should have politicians who engage the public and policies worth voting for".
None of those who support or oppose  seem to address part of the problem in that with a lack of a large Welsh Media most of the information the Welsh Electorate get is comes largely from the English Media.

Even in the two major fields of devolution the NHS and Education  people can be almost forgiven for thinking that stories only affecting England will also affect them.

Indeed  switch on the BBC, ITV and pick up a Newspaper in Wales and you will see that the Welsh Electorate are probably more informed about the NHS in England than here in Wales.

Apart from teh Daily Post covering North Wales only the Wasting Mule really covers Welsh News and I am not a fan of this Unionist Rag,

Scotland at least has a media that covers issues there extensively cover Political issues and even the London Media provide "Scottish Issues"  true they are over  90% Unioinist ,

and although our experience of the "Welsh" Mirror which briefly entertained us  in the wake of Labour’s failure to gain a majority in the first Assembly elections of 1999?and Plaid sen to be on the ride .and  It was was nothing as Jacofthenorth pointed out..

 but a platform for Paul Starling to spew his hatred for all things Welsh, dressed up of course as ‘combatting the evils of nationalism’.

But as Oscar Wilde said

"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about" 
Maybe increase powes instead of Devo Dipynbach  that we have now will increase the profile of the Welsh Assembly which will probably become a Parliament (In name at least) before the next round of elections.

But if we are to be engaged in Welsh Politics and vote accordingly then instead of having to trawl the Internet  for news we get our information in a more diredt (even old fashioned) manner.    

Update  2:22 PM

This Morning's coverage by the BBC Breakfast program completely failed to address the issue of coverage of the Assembly and Welsh Politics . It was disappointing that even Professor Laura McAllister  didn't raise the issue.

Of course the Beeb doesn't want to be tols its part of the problem.