Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru deal is ‘genuinely inspiring stuff’, says Owen Jones
A proposed deal between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru is “genuinely inspiring stuff”, according to Owen Jones.
The Guardian columnist and political activist was responding to the co-operation agreement between the two parties, which he described as a “shining beacon” in a “bleak political landscape”.
The agreement has been approved by the executives of both parties, but it has yet to emerge if it has been approved by Plaid Cymru members.
It includes moves to establish rent controls, the extension of free school meals to all primary school pupils, childcare for all two-year-olds, the creation of a National Care Service and limits on second home ownership.
It will also aim for a replacement for council tax, the creation of a publicly-owned construction company and an energy company, changes to the Senedd’s size and electoral system, including a statutory guarantee of gender balance, as well measures to promote the Welsh language.
In response to these measures, Owen Jones said: “In a bleak political landscape, the agreement between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru is a shining beacon. Genuinely inspiring stuff!”
The agreement between Labour and Plaid in the Senedd is reportedly set to last three years. The deal is expected to be published in full later on today.