Thee will be some Plaid supporters who will feel that the Parties launch of they 5015 Manifesto was overshadowed by comments by the party’s former leader, Dafydd Elis-Thomas, who owned up to that Welsh voters still are not convinced by Plaid in the way that Scottish voters are by the SNP.
Noting that the party needed to show itself to be a credible alternative to Labour, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programmer:
“I have no issue with the decision of the Welsh people to vote for the Labour Party, because they clearly haven’t been convinced that we are a better alternative.
“In Scotland the SNP have convinced them, it seems to me from the polls, and therefore that’s our responsibility, we have to have a better election than we’ve ever had before.”
To my my mind it was a honest answer to a question and could )and maybe should) have be made by any Plaid spokesperson.
It is probably that it came from Dafydd El that was seized on by the media and Plaid opponents.
What is the difference in Plaid politician Jonathan Edwards claim that Voters are leaving Labour for UKIP in droves in two seats Plaid Cymru are targeting at the general election, and the issue was crucial enough for Labour to potentially lose their hold on Ynys Mon and Llanelli..
Of course Plaid would not be to gleeful if Labour supporters leaving Labour for droves in the South Wales Valleys /
Bit both are making a point Plaid currently are on 11& in the polls about the same as the were after the first Leaders debate in 2015 when Clegg mania briefly took over and Plaid saw its share in the fall from the 15% it had held earlier .
The 2015 leaders debate severely damaged though parties that did not take part.
Tomorrow Leanne Wood has a golden opportunity to thrust herself on the whole UK stage
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Leanne Wood could be the 2015 Nick Clegg and at 50-1 might be a good punt to win Thursday’s debate
She has the benefit of not being much known outside Wales
Just had a punt with Ladbrokes at 50/1 that Plaid leader, Leanne Wood, will top the quickie polls after Thursday night’s seven-sided debate.
She’ll be fresh to a full national audience, has a pleasant manner, and handles herself well on TV. She’ll also attract less of the hostility that some of the others on the platform are likely to attract.
The rules ensure that she should get equal time with the other six and might just make a good impression. I love 50/1 shots and this might just come up.
Plaid are probably the Party which has most to gain tomorrow and the least to lose and it could just be the catalyst that could see Plaid propel forward as its never done before.
We will soon have some idea for the sake of Wales and particularly the the stamped on poor and needy I hope I'm right.