Leanne Wood could be in danger of burnout as she appears not over all of Wales but also in Catalonia and now in Manchester. She is really staring to look as not only as a party leader but a national leader.
Popping up in Manchester yesterday she , claimed England lacked the progressive voice that her party provided in Wales.
She said she often gets messages from English people who wish Plaid operated on their side of the border and suggested that the film-maker Ken Loach's proposal for a new party of the left could be a launch pad for a new movement.
"England outside the overheating centre needs a voice, and the left needs a party," Wood said. "In Wales we do have an alternative voice, we have a fourth party that vies for power with Labour and, at the very least, keeps it honest."
Guardian 2nd July 2013
Leanne said Plaid would like to work with activists in England who wanted to redress the balance of power.
The speech will cause some raised eyebrows. It is relatively rare for a Plaid leader to make a speech in England – and the party's ultimate aim is an independent Wales.
But at an event hosted by the Institute of Public Policy Research North in Manchester, she said:
"I get comments regularly on Facebook and Twitter saying 'I wish Plaid stood in England'."Plaid Cymru genuinely wants to support those of you in England who want to rebalance political and economic power. We are not sectarian by nature. We are not consumed by any antipathy to … England.
Before some Nationalists start claiming Leanne shouldn't be speaking about England and seeking links there The Party have been there b
The Common Wealth Party (CW) was a socialist political party in the United Kingdom in the Second World War. Thereafter, it continued in being, essentially as a pressure group, until 1993
According to Wikipedia
Founded in July 1942, during World War II, by the alliance of two left wing groups, the 1941 Committee – a think tank brought together by Picture Post owner Edward G. Hulton, and their 'star' writers J.B. Priestley and Tom Wintringham – and the neo-Christian Forward March movement led by Liberal Party Member of Parliament (MP) Richard Acland, along with independents and former Liberals who believed that party had no direction. It appealed to the egalitarian sentiments of the English populace and hence aimed to be more appealing to Labour's potential voters, rather than voters leaning Conservative. Led by Sir Richard Acland, Vernon Bartlett, J. B. Priestley, and Tom Wintringham the group called for common ownership, "vital democracy" and morality in politics. Its programme of common ownership echoed that of the Labour Party but stemmed from a more idealistic perspective, later termed "libertarian socialist". It came to reject the State-dominated form of socialism adopted by Labour under the influence of Sidney and Beatrice Webb, increasingly aligning itself instead with co-operative, syndicalist and guild socialist traditions. One party proposal was that all incomes should be subjected to an absolute upper limit..
It goes on
In the post-war period CW was active in a number of domestic and international campaigns and developed worldwide contacts. In the Middle East, it worked for a two-state solution to the Israel/Palestine issue. At home, it helped to form the Industrial Common Ownership Movement (ICOM) and campaigned with others in its situation for small parties to be allowed to make party political broadcasts. Through the latter campaign it developed close links with Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party. Common ground was found with Plaid Cymru's syndicalist tradition. The high point of active collaboration was the joint publication in 1956 of Our Three Nations. This advocated the replacement of the United Kingdom by a 'confraternity' of self-governing states. CW also favoured regional government within England and was sympathetic to Mebyon Kernow. Executive Committee members played an active, at times leading, role in English regionalist movements, especially during the 1980s. Other members were active in the environmental movement, including the Ecology Party which then evolved into the Green party.
So there once was a largely English Part that not only were sympathetic to the cause of Scotland and Wales but also Cornwall. and Leanne call can well be seen as a cal for a new party similar to the Commonwealth Party to be established in England.
One thing is important to note the SNP have benefited from Alex Salmond being one of the outstanding politicians in these Islands and Leanne can do herself no harm by raising her profile on a UK level .
How often does a Plaid Leader appear in a London based Newspaper?
It would be ironic that History may attribute the foundation of a successful progressive party in England could be partly attributed to the speech of a Welsh Nationalist leader.