Thursday, 30 October 2014

Does Wales realy speak with onr Voice Kirsty?

La Pasionaria AKA Welsh LibDem leader Kirsty Wiliams, writing in Subordinate Central seems to think that  agreeing that the status quo in Welsh Devolution is  unexceptiona unexceptical, means that Wales is speaking with one voice
She writes
Since before the Scottish referendum, the Welsh Lib Dems have been calling for Wales to “speak with one voice” to ensure the Welsh voice is not marginalised in future devolution discussions.Following my call for the Welsh parties to come together and agree a common blueprint on devolution, I met with the other three Welsh party leaders to agree a joint motion, which was debated and passed last week.For the first time, all four parties have come together to agree a common platform for the future of devolution.Wales is now speaking with one voice. All four parties must now make sure that voice is heard by Westminster as discussions over our constitutional settlement continue.Liberal Democrats are working hard, both in Cardiff and Westminster, to ensure that Wales is getting the powers it needs to deliver for its people – powers over tax, energy projects, policing and much more. This united voice from Cardiff Bay will help Liberal Democrats in Government bring power closer to the people of Wales
 Saying you are not opposed to such a blueprint does no mean you don't think it does not go far enough

Part of Plaid's problem since the Welsh Assembly first met is that it concentrated to much on making the existing process work, rather than use it to show its inadequacies and call for Independence.

There's a danger of Plaid being seen as a Party of Devolution,rather than one seeking Independence and being indistinguishable  from the others.

It can and should bring forward a Progressive Left and Green agenda but that too should be linked to the argument that we can't do this whilst tied to Westminster where Tories and Blue-Labour have much of the power needed to make real change

So Plaid may for the moment join in this "One Voice" blueprint but that does not mean it surrenders its ambitions

To Quote Terry Pratchett's Lord Vetinari
'I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are the good people and the bad people. You're wrong, of course. There are, always and only, bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides.'

Plaid may have signed up  for this but that does not mean they are on the same side as the Unionist Parties.




1 comment:

  1. Plaid Cymru’s leadership needs to wake up, they should never have signed up to such a weak agreement handing the Unionist parties the initiative in the first place.

    They'll regret it especially if the support for the SNP for the General Election stays at this level, Wales will vote Labour and get left behind because Plaid Cymru isn’t seen as a credible alternative http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/scottish-politics/poll-labour-would-be-left-with-four-seats-in-scotland-if-general-election.1414679885

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