In his regular blog for Caerphilly Observer, Caerphilly’s Labour MP Wayne David talks about the upcoming Assembly elections in May.
Please can one of the nationalist councillors who regularly reads this blog tell me that the following rumour is untrue?
I have heard that Lindsay Whittle and man of principle Ron Davies, have come to a deal.
I’m told that Plaid Cymru on the May 5 expect Lindsay Whittle to be elected to the Welsh Assembly
on the South East Wales Regional list but they do not anticipate Ron beating the hard working Jeff
Cuthbert in Caerphilly. If the result is as they expect, so I am told, after May 5 with Lindsay safely in the Assembly, Ron will take over as Leader of the Plaid Cymru led Caerphilly Council.
Surely, this cannot be true! Ron Davies was elected as an ‘Independent’ Councillor and still sits on
the council as an Independent. Surely those long serving councillors who were elected on a clear
Plaid Cymru ticket are not going to sit back and allow the council to be led by someone who has only been a member of Plaid for five minutes and who is not a member of their group. I look forward to some answers.
With the decisive ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum, the forthcoming Assembly elections will be the most important yet. It is now essential that all political parties put forward clear ideas about how the Assembly’s new legislative powers will be used. Labour is working hard on its manifesto. We will be arguing for policies which will address the very real needs of the people of Wales. Those policies will be in contradistinction to the reactionary policies of the Tory-led UK Government. Let’s hope that in the interests of democratic debate, all the other parties will be coming forward with clearly thought out policy positions.
It will be interesting to see if Plaid Cymru will still be talking about ‘independence’ in their manifesto.
Over the past few years, they have been in two minds about whether or not to include it in their Party’s programme. They of course recognise that the Welsh people are totally opposed to the crazy idea of separating from the rest of the United Kingdom but on the other hand there are those that say ‘if this is what we believe, this is what we must argue for’.
Perhaps Plaid Cymru ought to follow the wise words of Ron Davies when he stated in February 2004 that “Plaid Cymru, by their continuing dalliance with the idea of independence, are just disqualifying themselves from serious consideration”.
Labour MP for Caerphilly