Friday, 19 December 2014

How the Anti-Austerity Parties can beat Media exclusion.

Although the Greens, the Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru in November  joined forces to ask the BBC to rethink its plans to exclude them from the main TV leaders’ debates in next year’s general election.

Although the BBC has launched a public consultation on its election guidelines, but not specifically on its plans for the leader debates.

The BBC and other broadcasters have proposed that the UK Independence party (Ukip) join the Liberal Democrats, Labour and Conservatives in one nationwide debate, followed by a discussion between the three main Westminster parties, culminating in a head-to-head debate between the prime minister, David Cameron, and the opposition Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

Green, SNP and Plaid leaders

A real Alternative that deserved to be heard

ON Monday First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and leader of the Green party in England and Wales Natalie Bennett have stated that all three parties will unite whenever possible to battle the Westminster parties’ obsession with austerity.

During a meeting at Westminster tthe three party leaders said that with no end yet in sight to the failed austerity agenda of the Westminster parties, the General Election next May is an opportunity to change UK politics for the better.

A medsage that needs to be put out .

If the media exclusion does not change. I would like to suggest an alternative.

After the 4 Grey Men have had their say on the mainstream media . The three Anti-Austerity leaders should hold a joint debate (probably in London ) ,where they answer the most relevant questions proposed   to the four who will al be on the right and offer no .alternative to the Austerity programme.

It should be recorded live and then it will be up to those of us to stream it on the Social Media making it clear that these are the answers the establishment  did not want you to here . 

On Facebook  when it comes to Likes. Plaid have 11285 SNP 178,419 and the Green party in England and Wales 120,638 likes

If everyone who used this media and "liked" one or more of the above passed this on we could reach a huge amount of people.

After the First debate in the last general election Plaid saw its share in the vote  fall and it could well be argued they were heading to win Ynys Mon and Llanelli before all the publicity went to the three main parties and Clegg media.

There is an alternative out there,


  1. There is no reason why BBC Wales or ITV Wales cant stage a live welsh national debate during the 2015 general election, and it would follow that the leaders of every party in wales would be invited to participate ie leanne wood (plaid), carwyn jones (labour), andrew rt davies (conservative), kirsty williams (lib dems), pippa bartolotti(wales greens) and nathan gill (ukip).

    Given we are living in the age of increasing devolution for Wales we should be putting on our own 'leaders debates'.

  2. BBC Wales did hold a "Welsh" debate last time but who watched it.8The importance of being part of the UK debate is that you resend as relevant.

  3. As much as i agree with the unfairness around the TV debates, the BBC, ITV and Sky aren't going to let the SNP or Plaid Cymru leaders into the debates , the greens might get invited to one debate and good luck to them, but that's no help to Wales, so Plaid needs another strategy.

    One option is for Plaid to make a video on the topic of each of the TV debates that could be shared on social media while the 4 grey suits are debating about what Plaid Cymru's position on the economy, welfare, foreign affairs etc etc it may not reach the same audience as the TV but it's better than Plaid's 2010 strategy of going on TV after the debate and complaining about the unfairness of it all.

    I really hope there is some creative thinking going on in Ty Gynfor to tackle this head on because the SNP media team always makes an impact and Plaid needs to to learn from them sharpish or they could find themselves behind UKIP in terms of Welsh MP's as well as vote share next year.