In Wales we have several political parties to choose from, “Welsh” Labour, Plaid Cymru, Conservative’s, Liberal democrats and UKIP.
I wanted to briefly explain what I think the differences between the two parties that have the most chance of remaining or gaining power in Wales are “Welsh Labour” and Plaid Cymru.
So called “Welsh” Labour party are unionist and believe in the unity and cohesion of the UK, but first and foremost, they will always put the party before anything or anyone else.
It’s for this reason I use the “Welsh” in Welsh Labour, I don’t think there’s anything Welsh about them. Everything they do is for the party and/or within the context of the UK.
But if there’s on thing they have forgotten, it’s the need to listen to the people and their communities, it’s a common thread with all the main parties if we’re honest.
With “Welsh” Labour in control we’re losing our local Schools, Libraries and vital public services yet our council tax goes up, big money pay packages for councillors, the whiff of corruption is pungent.
Thankfully people are slowly turning away from Labour, people are seeing the damage they are doing. They blame everything on Conservatives in Westminster. Even though they “run” Wales with the largest number of AM’s in our Welsh Assembly.
I suppose running a nation into the ground could be considered running the country but in the totally wrong direction.
Plaid Cymru are supposedly a Welsh nationalist party, but have hoisted their flag up on the socialist mast and further neglecting the national aspirations. It wasn’t that long ago the very word independence was a “naughty word”
As some may have noticed, their profile has been rising in certain areas like the Rhondda for example. And with the party under the new leadership of Adam Price, things seem to be better than what it was under Leanne woods leadership.
People in my community have asked the regional Plaid AM questions about Independence but the AM blocked them. My guess would be that it was due to not having the answer for the question that was asked.
And this is typical of Plaid Cymru, even though internally they may seem like a unified party, they still can’t answer the independence question. Their message is still one of a mixed bag.
You’d think after nearly 100 years of existence, a supposed nationalist party would be able to answer any question on independence and answer confidently with pride.
New Party for Wales
A NEW PARTY is on the Rise. Ein Gwlad is the newest political party to appear in Wales recently.
I’ve watched the development of this new party since I first heard of it last year and the impression I get is generally a good one. There isn’t any of the typical party ideology that seem to bog the mainstream parties like Plaid and Labour.
There’s also no history or baggage that follows the other parties with Ein Gwlad, they seemed far more focused on doing the right thing for Wales rather than what’s best for the party.
I’ve looked on and seen the diatribe Ein Gwlad receive on social media, the common smear thrown at the party is that they’re a kind of fascist organisation.
I honestly don’t see any thing fascist about them, maybe I’m being naïve but I’m not seeing fascism here. How can a party be fascist yet respect and want individual and national liberty?
The good thing is Its not left or right wing or even centrist really, which is unique to other parties. Truth is, the normal political labels don’t really apply to Ein Gwlad.
I think this party will be in a better position than Plaid Cymru in the future. Opinions are respected in Ein Gwlad when compared with the two main party’s in Wales.
Due to my involvement with the campaign to stop our local school closing last year I was approached by Ein Gwlad to join. I turned them down at first mainly because they were new and practically unknown.
But, as mentioned before, I’ve watched the party develop and become more involved with Welsh politics and can see Ein Gwlad becoming serious contenders for at least second largest party in the Senedd.
It is at this time I want to say that as of today I am Ein Gwlad’s newest paid up member and hope to be more involved within the party and as an activist at local level.
Thank you all at Ein Gwlad, the party really is a breath of fresh air.
I’m Jac Owen Paul, I live in the Cymmer Valley and work for Shaw Trust. I’m passionate about my community and my country and want the very best for both.