When I started blogging t,wo of the first to put me on their reading list were Miserable Old Fart and Syniadau.
It helped me greatly that two of the best blogs from Wales included me on their list so early.
They are always good reads and have a Independent streak that distinquish them from Blogs from those like Freedom Central (Or Subordinate Central as I call it) who are little more than Party press releases.
Alwyn on MOF has just announced that he has reapplied to join Plaid Cymru and Mike at Syniadau ,who is a member has recently criticised the selection process for the Ynys Môn byelection and now pans the successful candidate on his ambiguity of Wylfa B.
Which brings me to the problem .I have with blogging and Independence
How Independent can a Blog be if its written by a party member who is subject to party discipline.?
Should you blog of your disagreement with the party on a policy if it means it could be seized by political opponents who will claimof discord within the party.
Mike at Syniadau for instance is arguing that Plaid on Anglesey should follow party rules and stance on nuclear energy. so it is not he who is out of kilter and it refreshing to see someone arguing that that his political party should be open and honest with the electorate .
Alwyn in the past has argued against Plaids stance on socialism though (and he will probably disagree strongly with me). I have often found that we seem to agree on subjects that I regard as taking a left position.
But I sincerely hope that if Plaid let him back in in will not change his Blog in anyway and he continues (but more often) in his often educational and humorous musings.
For myself though I still support Plaid I would rather not get involved in the political machine and discipline of the party and feel free to criticise the party when its appropriate.
And Wylfa B is a prime example whilst I hope for the electors of Ynys Môn 's sake and Plaids future that Rhun ap Iorwerth wins (and I expect him to won comfortably). I would prefer that he took an open and honest approach of opposing Nuclear Energy and add that Wylda B will not be an asset to the Island and may in fact deter more jobs than it creates as investors may be reluctant to build near a Nuclear reactor.
Good Luck to Alwyn and Mike in their stance but alas I will not be joining them as a Plaid member if this means that I am open to accusations of enjoying "Power without Responsibility" so be it. ( I know I have no power but you get my meaning).
But one thing is clear to me. With the demise of a number of blogs in the last few years some openly political like Plaid Pantef and Welsh Ramblings and the Independent Valleys Mam there's a gap in this media that needs filing.
We need more to put a Welsh perspective and not Party Blogs who appear for a few Months before an election then disappear..
Iseldom agree with Jac O The North but I enjoy his musing finding it informative and whilst I 'm often shaking my head it is important that his views are heard.
So lets have more Independently minded Blogs even from party members.
If you feel that you have any new blogs that need promotion let me know in the comments section.