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Green Party leader outlines vision of independent Wales

09 Oct 2023 3 minute read
Leader of the Wales Green Party, Anthony Slaughter.

At the Green Party conference last weekend Wales Green Party Leader, Anthony Slaughter used his keynotes speech to outline his vision for an independent Wales.

Addressing delegates in the hall and those attending online he said: “As Greens our vision goes beyond flag waving and anthems. Our vision is of an independent Wales working together with other nations, including our nearest neighbours, to build a truly, equal sustainable future.

“A nation committed to a zero carbon future, in control of its abundant sources of clean, renewable energy. An independent, diverse, welcoming, cosmopolitan nation committed to equality.

“We believe that independence is a vital step towards devolving power to the lowest possible level and empowering communities across the country. An independence that simply shifts the Westminster power base to Cardiff Bay is not one that I would campaign for.

“Independence is meaningless if people can’t afford a safe, secure and warm home. Independence is meaningless without a radical reform of institutionally racist public bodies.

“Independence is meaningless if society continues to tolerate transphobia, homophobia and all other bigotries.”

The conference took place in Brighton on Sunday (October 8) and whilst there, Mr Slaughter reflected on his experience ten years prior when he attended his first Green Party conference.

He described it as a “life changing experience” and he recalled how “enthused and excited” he felt on his journey back to Wales.

During his keynotes speech, the Wales Green Party leader referenced the recent Conservative conference which he dubbed a “circus”.

“Incompetence”

Mr Slaughter said: “Minister after minister proudly paraded their cruelty and incompetence, it is impossible to understate the scale and urgency of the crises facing us, a situation made all the worse by a Labour Party that appears to stand for nothing and unquestioningly echoes Tory lies.

“These multiple crises, climate, energy and economic all impact most heavily on the most vulnerable in our communities, locally and across the globe.”

Mr Slaughter said the Greens were the only party to have the “genuinely joined up policies” to tackle climate challenges and create a fairer, greener future.

He said: “Now is the time. When this tired and cruel Tory government finally faces up to reality and calls the general election the UK so desperately needs we will be poised and ready to significantly increase Green representation at Westminster, quadrupling our number of MPs.

“In Wales we will be running our biggest and boldest General Election campaign to date, standing candidates across the country and campaigning tirelessly to deliver our biggest ever vote share across Wales, all in preparation for 2026 when we will make our own historic breakthrough and getour first elected Green representation in Senedd Cymru.

‘Like Westminster, our Green voice is desperately needed in the Senedd, holding the government to account, delivering real scrutiny and helping to make Wales a truly fairer, greener country.”
On Senedd reform, Mr Slaughter said it was an opportunity that would put the Wales Green Party “in touching distance of real influence” in the next Welsh Parliament.

He said: “It’s an opportunity that we are more than ready to seize. We can win Senedd seats and we will win Senedd seats.”


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Morris Dean
Morris Dean
6 months ago

Good to have the greens in the mix, particularly indy-positive

Richard E
Richard E
6 months ago

Unfortuatly not Indy Positive about themselves 🗳️🤔

David
David
6 months ago

Do the Greens in Wales have similar views on self-id as the Greens in Scotland?

max wallis
max wallis
6 months ago
Reply to  David

No. They are part of England&Wales Green Party, who’ve fallen out with the ScottishGP on it. The Wales lot share responsibility for England’s shannigans.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
6 months ago

It’s all good and well the Greens in Wales talking about independence but if they don’t become a stand-alone party like their Scottish counterparts how the hell can they argue independence for Wales when they are merely an appendage of the English Greens? Practice what you preach!

Last edited 6 months ago by Y Cymro
max wallis
max wallis
6 months ago

Living in cloud cuckoo land! The Green Party is currently riven by bitterness and infighting, says the Critic mag. https://thecritic.co.uk/it-isnt-easy-being-a-gender-critical-green/ Tthe issue is sex and gender — specifically how women’s rights and trans people’s rights can be balanced.  A doiminant faction is set on bullying and expelling gender-critical women; “getting rid of transphobes – you cannot oppose self ID and not be transphobic”. The GP has been unable to control the abuse of GC women, while their legal advice says they are an association liable of direct discrimination for treating members holding GC beliefs less favourably than other members. The GP… Read more »

Rob
Rob
6 months ago

In other words independence is only meaningful if the Welsh electorate adhere to the Green Party’s values.

Quote: “Independence is meaningless if society continues to tolerate transphobia, homophobia and all other bigotries.”

So what do they think of Uganda then?

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
6 months ago

Is it still the Green Party of ‘England and Wales’?

hdavies15
hdavies15
6 months ago
Reply to  Mr Williams

Eco Fascist vision with Wales as a junior province.

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