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Saturday, 16 May 2015
Do you need to be an intellectual to leads Plaid or any Party?
Plaid Cymru’s education spokesman Simon Thomas recently described his leader Leanne Wood as a possible future First Minister but said there are other people that can do the “intellectual stuff”.
The Mid and West Wales AM admitted the election was a “mixed bag” for the party but said there is “huge potential” for the leader Leanne Wood to be portrayed as a alternative First Minister in Wales.
“Her strengths are her warmth, her personality, the fact that she can make that emotional connection with people,” he said.
Mr Thomas, who once challenged Ms Wood for the leadership, then added:
"There are other people in the party that can do the intellectual stuff, or do the thinking. We’ve got Adam Price contributing his ideas. That is the balance the party needs."
But he insisted:
“She’s the right person to be leading us into the Assembly elections
Rather unfortunate words from Simon but it does raise a point about the role of intellectuals in modern politics
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This is not an augment against intellectualism far from it . The ideal party leader should poses a high intellect, charisma and still appeal to" one one of us". An impassible combination ? Not really. as Simon points our Adam Price The former Pri(n)ce over the water has all three. and will contribute much to the Assembly if he wins Carmarthen East and Dinefwr next year. But in her election campaign Leanne portrayed a connection to Welsh people that may not have resonated in votes but give her a profile that bodes well for Plaid in the Assembly election next year as against the lethargic Carwyn Jones or brutish Andrew R T Davies. And anyway how to do we measure intersect? Enoch Powell was often praised for his intelligence that did not mean that he did not express extremely unpleasantness views expressed through Rivers of Blood" speech, a title derived from its allusion to a line from Virgil's Aeneid.[ Anyway I see nothing to suggest Leanne does not have a high Intellect she just expresses it a way I at least can follow. and Plaid are al the better for it