Over at Click on Wales David Taylor i a former Labour election strategist and special adviser to former Welsh secretary Peter Hain. has an interesting take on the Anglesey Elections in that he appears to be criticising Plaid for not making more of their very god result in the Anglesey council elections
He writes that:
Before you point out that Plaid number of Councilors went up from 8 to 12 I think David is using the nominal formula .which takes into account the reduction of seats from 40 to 30.
There is talk now of a Plaid-Labour coalition, I hope this can happen. New leadership is in the interests of Anglesey, it’s difficult to see how real progress can be made for as long as the independents remain in control.
Plaid have doubled their number of councillors – a good result by any measure. In fact, it’s their best result anywhere in Wales for several years and is a welcome boost for the leadership of Leanne Wood, perhaps Wales’s most underestimated politician. But its baffling that some senior figures in her party seem to be passing up the opportunity to talk up their success.
However does he have a point?
I would have liked to see more mention on the news reports especially from the BC extensive coverage . Which they kept telling us that thus May elections were in England and "Wales " and then totally consecrated on the elections in England and joined in the rest of the London Media's new love affair with Ukip.
David Taylor seems to think that Plaid should ignore these elections though.
'........Instead Jonathan Edwards MP, one the party’s principal spokespeople (a member of the leadership team, no less) yesterday chose to detract from their Anglesey success with his own fanciful interpretation of UKIP’s surge in England. Edwards is a talented politician but is prone to letting his wishful thinking cloud his judgement. To dismiss UKIP as merely an English problem, “alien to [Wales's] political tradition” is not only untrue (polls show support for UKIP in Wales as strong as in many parts of England), it’s also extraordinarily bad politics as comments like this will succeed only in driving more Welsh voters to UKIP ahead of the European elections next year.Quite frankly portraying Ukip as Little Englanders looks like a worth while strategy . Ukip were totally rejected in the Anglesey and I see no reason why Plaid don't try to make the connection.
But David Taylor's article looks like a case of "Damming With Faint Praise".
Claiming Plaid for the media to point out their success is ridiculous .
BBC Wales for instance keeps giving the impression that the 14 Independents are a group where in truth as Syniadau points out .in a reply. This is far fro the truth'
In the old council the "Original Independents" did act as a group, and the other independents described themselves as "Unaffiliated". Only 6 of the 19 "Original Independents" have been re-elected, together with 3 of the 5 "Unaffiliated" independents. There are 5 newly elected independents.It would not have been difficult for any competent political journalist to divide them up in properly and give a true impression.
Unless all these Independents now get together which giving their past seems unlikely .Plaid are the largest group on the council ( The first time for a political party?)
All the Party press releases mean nothing if they are spiked by some Editor .
If David Taylor thinks that Plaid's remarkable gains on Anglesey really need to be brought to prominence he should direct his criticisn at the BBC in particular.