When so many people are unhappy about the way their country is being governed – and they long for the freedom to rule themselves – as a free and independent country – then it’s time to do something about it.
That is what we did in 2017. A group of like minded people agreed that we needed to do something to change Wales – and we decided to hold a public meeting in November to consider whether we should form a new political party in Wales.
The response was overwhelming. Those who attended the meeting unanimously agreed that a new party was desperately needed, as the existing parties were not fit for purpose – and were not serving Wales.
So for the next few months we organized and we talked – we chose our name and logo – we agreed a vision and adopted values – we wrote a constitution – until we were finally ready – and then we held our official launch in Llanelli in August 2018.
People across Wales have realised that despite the promises of devolution, Wales has become poorer – in fact it is now one the poorest nations in Europe, and continues to get poorer by the day. Standards of living have dropped, our health provision is in decline and we have the lowest standard of education in the UK. People who are suffering are waking up to that fact that something different has to be done to rescue us from this dire situation.
There are currently five political parties in OUR National Assembly – but four of which are merely extensions of UK parties – and who continue to take their orders from London – and do not operate in Wales’ best interests.
There is only one Welsh political party in the Senedd – Plaid Cymru – who despite their nationalist claims are only luke-warm to the idea of independence. Their goal in recent years has been to copy the Labour party’s socialist policies (bearing in mind Tony Benn’s famous quote: “Labour is not a socialist party, but a party with some socialists in it“). More recently they have become obsessed with niche issues that have little relevance to the ordinary people of Wales.
Labour (or so called ‘Welsh’ Labour) has continuously formed the Welsh Government in Cardiff Bay for the last twenty years. They have held a monopoly of power in Wales but have consistently failed to use this power for the benefit of the people of Wales. Their prime aim appears to be to keep the people of Wales in poverty, to justify their existence as a party of the poor. If they raised the standard of living, they would jeopardise their hold on power as they lost their poor voters.
The Conservatives have always been considered the ‘nasty’ party of the privileged and wealthy, despite there being only a limited number of privileged or wealthy people in Wales. There is a lot of deep resentment towards the Conservatives due to recent memories of Thatcherite economic policies, yet they have still picked up support in latter years because of people’s disenchantment with other parties.
The Liberal Democrats have suffered heavily by not having clear policies – trying to steer a course between the other parties but managing to please nobody in the process. What do they stand for ? Their flip flopping on policies has made them an irrelevance.
Meanwhile it is not clear if UKIP are actually a party or just a selection of political misfits – but they have clearly benefitted from the public’s disillusionment of traditional political parties – despite them being so openly hostile to Wales.
Wales is in desperately in need of change – a change in the governing party, but also a change in the alternatives. Given the choices it is not surprising that there is so much apathy amongst voters – and the numbers of people who don’t bother to turn out for elections is so substantial that it jeopardises democracy itself.
A common feature of all the above parties is that they are traditional establishment parties – each acting and operating in the same way as political parties in the 18th & 19th centuries. But they are all past their shelf life and like the ‘old’ style parties which have been replaced across in Europe – they will also have to give way.
They will have to give way to an exciting and fresh alternative – To an alternative party that truly cares for our country and her people. To a party that has no interest whatsoever in the dusty old politics of the past or the promotion of party doctrines, dogmas and ideology.
To Ein Gwlad. A syncretic party that has no preconceived ideals or political baggage. We simply share a vision – of a free and prosperous Wales. We are driven by the needs of our country, our people, and nothing else.
We need to save our country – to free it from Westminster’s imperialist rule, and to put it back on it’s feet. We want to improve our peoples standards of living, health and education.
Education and training will will be key to our successful future – we need to be rid of our bureaucratic and elitist education system and replace it with one that benefits our children and our society.
Health and welfare are also key and we need to ensure the well being of our citizens by providing more effective and localized services
We do not have any dogmas or ingrained ideology – we are nether left wing nor right wing nor centrist. We will take ideas and policies from across the political spectrum – from across the world. From academics, business or individuals – and the only consideration in selecting policies will be if they benefit Wales.
We are symbolized by our logo – the Phoenix – a mythical bird that lives forever by rising out of the ashes of a dying fire. Our country’s fire is almost out, but like the Phoenix we shall bring our country back to life and rise to a free and prosperous future.