Adam Price, Leader of Plaid Cymru
My colleague in Westminster – Liz Saville Roberts – recently thanked the Prime Minister for his contributions towards the recent rapid increase in YesCymru membership. While many described her comment as ‘tongue in cheek’ it’s very hard to ignore the fact that it’s true.
When Wales needed furlough support, Westminster said no, but when it was announced that the south of England would be forced into a nationwide lockdown, suddenly anything was possible.
The people of Wales noticed. They took action. And in a short space of time, YesCymru had gained thousands of new members.
This is nothing short of incredible, and I couldn’t be happier that so many people in Wales are waking up to the fact that Welsh Independence could happen in their lifetime.
Non-partisan organisations like YesCymru can reach parts of society that political parties can’t always do. Seeing pro-Independence signs and symbols around Wales gives all like-minded people a lift. Members can declare their support without ever revealing who they vote for. If they vote.
And here is the crucial step in gaining independence: for Welsh independence to happen, Wales needs a pro-Independence government. Joining a pro-independence non-partisan organisation alone will not get you independence, but it’s a fantastic step.
The next step you need to take is to make a plan to vote in the May 2021 Senedd elections.
For the first time, eligible people age 16 and over will be able to vote in the elections. If you are voting for the first time, you will need to register but the good news is that this can be done online in just five minutes. Once you are registered to vote you only need register once.
The next step is to make a note of when the Senedd elections take place – Thursday 6 May 2021. Nearer the time of the election, you will receive a ‘polling card’ through the post, which will give you details of how you go about casting your vote – usually the choice is in person on the day, or in advance via a postal vote. But for now, you could put the date in your diary. If something crops up that takes you out of the area on voting day, you’ll know that you’ll need to get a postal vote in.
Once you have made plans to vote, you need to vote for a pro-Independence party. This fact is inescapable. I can tell you – as many political analysts have confirmed – the Senedd elections are a three-horse race between Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives and Plaid Cymru. The only pro-Independence party in that list is Plaid Cymru, and it is the only pro-Independence party that has a viable chance at forming the next Welsh Government.
I have seen the polls that say that many members of Welsh Labour are pro-independence – maybe many hope that Welsh Labour will somehow escape the clutches of their Westminster parents – but the third inescapable fact I’m going to give you is that the current Welsh government, under the leadership of pro-Unionist Mark Drakeford, will not give us independence.
It was only this Tuesday, in Senedd Plenary that Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales, categorically said “I don’t want us [Wales] to leave the union that is the United Kingdom.” You can’t get much clearer than that.
So if you are pro-Welsh Independence, and you want to see an Independent Wales in your lifetime, then you need to make a plan to vote, and you need to vote Plaid Cymru.
I promise you that if I become the next First Minister of Wales that I will put independence at the top of my agenda.
Barack Obama once said “History shows that the easiest way to make sure that you and your friends vote is to make a plan. And when it comes to voting… having a plan has never been more important.”
I urge everyone who is pro-Welsh Independence to make a plan to vote starting today.
Obama adds “You can change our direction on every issue. That is the power of your vote.”
There is no Welsh independence without a pro-Independence government.
You have the power to vote one in.