Sunday, 24 June 2012

Adam Price quits main stream politics? ( I thought he had)

News in the Western Mule that former Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price, is intent on building a business career and may not stand for the National Assembly in four years, hardly comes as a surprise 

According to the Mule, Price stated that...




Iremember being in a taxi towards the end of my time in Parliament and reflecting on what I had achieved as an MP. I think I was a good opposition MP [he was applauded for exposing Tony Blair’s intervention on behalf of Labour donor Lakshmi Mittal, whose business interests rivalled the Welsh steel industry, and for seeking to impeach Blair over the invasion of Iraq].

“But I feel a need to achieve something positive that will hopefully change Wales for the better.

“I’m not saying that I’m turning my back on the idea of public service – I believe politicians can make a difference and that democratic institutions are vital. But they are not the the be all and end all, and there are other ways to make a contribution.”

“But I feel a need to achieve something positive that will hopefully change Wales for the better.
“I’m not saying that I’m turning my back on the idea of public service – I believe politicians can make a difference and that democratic institutions are vital. But they are not the the be all and end all, and there are other ways to make a contribution.”


The Mule, lists a number business options that Price has in the pipeline.and that this could mean that he will not be available to stand for the Assembly elections in four years time.


Apart from the fact that Adam Price needs to find some employment to match his abilities over the next four years what other option has he?

True, he had been do
ing some paid policy and strategy work for the party at the invitation of its leader Leanne Wood and chief executive Rhuanedd Richards. But that probably not enough to keep him financially and mentally solvent  and he would have to be pretty certain of winning a seat to continue in such a role.


I imagine a number of Plaid members will be disappointed in this news. But lets face it if Plaids future is based on getting one man into the assembly then its in a very poor position and certainly Plaid do not need Leanne Wood to be seen as a caretaker leader,preparing the party for the return of the P(r)ince over the water.


Who know where Wales be in 4 years time? If Scotland votes Yes on Independence or even if there a substantial minority vote. Then we will seem a major game change.


Whatever happens Scotland will undoubtedly get more powers and Plaid should be demanding parity as well as providing measures on the Welsh Economy to counter the Con/Lib attacks and Labours lethargy.Not looking to someone to return and lead them to a bright new future.

The trouble with waiting for a saviour is that the one who turns up may be an impostor or fallible  or he or she will never appear. .






1 comment:

  1. I think people need to seriously realise, it is very unlikely Adam Price will ever lead Plaid. It is unreasonable to expect him to do that when he clearly doesn't want to lead Plaid and would have to be persuaded to even seek a nomination for an Assembly seat. Price clearly has wider interests.

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