I tend no to look at Manifesto's with a wary eye. They are usually full of promises and extravagant spending plans and (especially with Labour and the Tories) hidden hints that we can expect major cuts.
So I was surprised when Plaid took the risk of not making outlandish promised to increase NHS spending.
Whilst Labour Arfon candidate seems to have forgotten whose been running the Welsh NHS for 17 years
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Over at the Lib Dems's pathetic Subordinate Central their Ceredigion candidate Elisabeth (Who) Evans writes that
What that is in Plaid Pledges that lead to a bad deal for rural areas she doesn't say , But being the Lib Dems I expect a candidate in areas Rhondda Cynon Taf claim it will be Rural areas that are affected diversly.
Plaid’s manifesto won’t solve the problems facing our nation – in fact, their plans to centralise and reorganise health services will lead to chaos at a time when our focus should be on getting the basics right in delivering our public services.Plaid’s obsession with an unnecessary reorganisation will drag money out of frontline health and local government services, at a time when every penny counts. They still haven’t learned their lesson from the last NHS reorganisation that happened under their watch, which left rural areas with a raw deal.Under Leanne Wood, Plaid have lost touch with their roots in rural Wales. Not only have both their two election launches taken place in Cardiff, but their centralising policies would absolutely devastate rural communities like mine.It’s clear that only the Welsh Liberal Democrats can be trusted to stand up for all of Wales – north, south or mid; urban or rural – and deliver a Wales that works for you.
I expect Plaid to carry out similar negative attacks when the other Parties publish their manifestos.
The trouble is that we are led to expect every Party to pledge increased spending on the NHS and there would be nothing wrong with that if it didn't lead to other important areas savagely cut.
The NHS and to a lesser extent Education will be the major themes of this election .
Despite the Manifesto carrying a whole range of promises the sad thing is they will be largely irrelevant in the campaign .
Those of us who wished to see the debate expanded and Indeed to question where Devolution is heading are likely to be disappointed.