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 Post subject: Plaid should go it alone
PostPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 3:18 pm 
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Sunday, 8 May 2011
Plaid Should Go It Alone


It is time for Plaid to re-evaluate its whole approach to Welsh politics as well as the leadership of the party. More than a year ago this blog warned against Plaid continuing its association with Labour in the One Wales Agreement. There is no benefit in associating with unionist parties. They do not share the vision of Cymru Fydd. They rigidly adhere to the status quo and the perpetuation of the Union. This partly accounts for the failure of unionist parties to make any headway in Scotland.

So now the time has come to strike out for core principles and go it alone, free from tainted association with parties that have Britain's interests in mind but not the interests of Wales. It falls to Scotland to lead the way, which Alex Salmond and the SNP does admirably. They demonstrably have at heart the interests of the Scottish people and the future of Scotland is safe in their hands and seen to be so. This is what accounts for the massive landslide towards the SNP and assures the party of majority government for the next five years.

Plaid needs to nail its colours to the mast, as the SNP has done, and prove to the people of Wales that it is not a prop to Labour but an independent force to be reckoned with. It needs to show that it fully represents the people of Wales and their aspirations, socially, economically and constitutionally. It needs to look to Scotland for lessons on how to lead and conduct its campaigns.

The only thing that really differentiates Plaid from Welsh Labour is the question of independence. Apart from that their social and economic policies and their progressive stance are virtually identical. Therefore, why should Welsh people vote for Plaid if they have no concern about independence? Those who are content for Wales to remain part of the Union will be inclined to vote Labour.

The key difference is independence. Plaid Cymru should proclaim its affirmation of the aim of independence and not hide away from or ignore this salient fact.
After all, it is the reason and sine qua non of why the party was founded in the first place!

Further Comment

Opposition voices to the SNP victory in Scotland are pushing Alex Salmond to hold a referendum on independence as soon as possible. The reason is that if it were held now a vote in favour of independence most likely would not succeed. Alex is too canny a politician to fall for that.....

"The thistle rises and forever will" - MacDiarmid

NB - I am not the same person as the poster "Scottish republic".

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