I must admit I was disappointed with Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood's response to Jeremy Corbyn's reelection.
Plaid’s Ms Wood said:
“The chaos and infighting engulfing the Labour party as well as the proposed boundary changes mean that the party is unlikely to win a Westminster election for at least a decade, possibly even longer. This leaves us facing the prospect of a Tory UK Government in London, that Wales has not voted for, doing its worst for the people in this country.
It loks like that Leanne is accepting the Right Wing Media analysis that a Left Wing leader canot win a UK General Election.
She goes on to say
She goes on to say
“It is not often I agree with [Owen Smith], but when he said that a victory for Jeremy Corbyn would condemn the UK to a decade of Tory cuts, it is difficult to see how he is wrong.She could have argued that a Corbyn victory will be made more difficult by Smith standing against Corbyn and increasing the turmoil within the Labour party and that if Smith had won then it could be harder for other Parties to work with Labour adopting a right of centre position.
What i believe she should have said that Plaid welcomed Corbyn election in the hope that he would lead Labour in to a Progressive direction and Unite with Plaid,the SNP and Green MPs in opposing the Tories Austerity program finally ending the Blarite project which prepared the way for Cameron and May.
The LibDems are clearly hoping that there will be Anti-Corbyn defections from Labour to them as Peter Black indicates in a current Blog.
I doubt if Plaid would want them and I doubt that this was the call that Leanne's press statement intended.
Leanne is right in that if it becomes clear that the Tories will be in power from the Tories then
“The only alternative to this now is a much a stronger devolution settlement for Wales and greater self-rule.”But why no use of the "I"word
“On issues of great importance like justice and welfare, Wales continues to be at the mercy of the Tories in Westminster who have little understanding or concern when it comes to how their decisions impact our country and its people. The time has come for Wales to chart its own course.”One of the strange things about the Corbyn campaign and that of the new Labour members around him and Momentum particularly is their views on devolution of power from Westminster.
You get the impression it is something Jeremy has not really given much thought about,
If I was Leanne Wood, Nicola Sturgeon and Caroline Lucus . I would call for talks with Jeremy on constitutional reform including devolution to the English regions and find out if he is a progressive on such issues or is just another London-Centric politician.