"Plaid Cymru will begin the process of selecting a new candidate in Dwyfor Meirionnydd following Dafydd Elis-Thomas's decision to leave the Plaid Cymru Assembly group.A friend of the peer said:
"Constituents, who Dafydd Elis-Thomas misled in the recent Assembly election, will expect a by-election to be held at the earliest convenience."
“He thinks Plaid should be doing more to support the Welsh Government and disagrees with the very oppositionist stance they have taken to Labour.“He also feels completely marginalised within the Plaid group at the Assembly. If Leanne had been sensible, she would have given him a proper job. He should have been properly managed, but Leanne had no idea how to do that. He’s had enough and will continue sitting in the Assembly as an Independent.”So its Leanne's fault for not pandering to Dafydd El's ego
I do deny any politician the right to follow their conscious but it seems ot for someone to be reelected only six months ago/
|Plaid Cymru||Dafydd Elis-Thomas||9,566||47.3||+0.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Stephen Churchman||916||4.5||−0.3|
But facing criticism is not one of them and his habit of making a statement at times when it could damage Plaid Cymru's electoral chances have often been inappropriate.
Will he join Labour or sit in the "Not the Coalition Cabinet" as an Independent I do not know but if he thinks he will be able to speak his mind freely in these circumstances he would be delusional.
If it was the same Dafydd El who we in the original National Left supported so enthusiastically 30 years ago . I might be writing about the formation of a new Progressive Left Party in Wales with a future.
Alas I doubt anyone can cluster around someone who changes his tune constantly and despite his obvious intellect (or maybe because of it) his habit of shooting from the hip can be contradictory at times.
With Elin Jones now the Presiding Officer it means Plaid now have the same number of seats as the Tories,
The defection should in theory make he Labour government in the Assembly easier but one wonders how much they can rely on someone whose viewpoint changes with the weather,