Only Wales’ party can solve Wales’ problems
Adam Price AM, Leader of Plaid Cymru
Politicians always say that this election is the most important one ever. That now, more than ever, we all need to use our votes wisely.
And of course, it’s true that every single election is important, and we should all use our votes. But today’s election is different.
What hangs in the balance today is not just the central question at the heart of this election about our future in Europe, but so much more: what kind of country do we want to be?
What brought about this election was, of course, the most pressing political issue of the day: Brexit. So let’s recap on that briefly.
For three and a half years, the Westminster parties have gone around and around in circles, arguing amongst themselves about which kind of Brexit they would prefer.
Meanwhile Plaid Cymru has consistently stood firm in saying that there is no such thing as a good Brexit for Wales, and the only way to resolve this crisis is a People’s Vote.
Ahead of the election, Boris Johnson unlawfully tried to prorogue parliament – misleading the Head of the State in the process – to stop MPs having their say, and to attempt to force through a disastrous Hallowe’en exit.
Plaid Cymru, meanwhile, was part of the court action at the Scottish Court of Session which eventually led to the Supreme Court’s ruling that Johnson’s attempt to prorogue parliament was unlawful.
Boris Johnson then brought forward his botched deal, having promised the DUP there wouldn’t be a hard border in the Irish Sea, but that’s exactly what it would do.
We in Plaid Cymru have been clear: a hard border in the Irish Sea would be a disaster for the port of Holyhead and would risk turning Ynys Môn into a car park for queuing lorries. That is intolerable.
And of course, all through this election, Jeremy Corbyn has declined to take a firm pro-Remain position. First, he avoided the question. And then, he confirmed his shocking neutrality.
Plaid Cymru, meanwhile, is showing the leadership our nation requires of us. We will never accept anything that would damage Wales, and that’s why we stand against Brexit.
Throughout this election, what we in Plaid Cymru have done is what we always do: we’ve put the Welsh national interest first.
We’ve demonstrated the kind of ambition that is needed to transform our country. We’ve conducted a campaign of hope based on what we want to accomplish for our nation.
And we’ve shown beyond all doubt that neither Labour nor the Tories are fit to govern Wales – either in Westminster or the Senedd.
Our manifesto has set out a number of policies, such as the Welsh Child Payment of £35 a week for every child in a low-income family, that would help end the scourge of poverty in our nation.
So too, we’ve set out what we would do to make Wales a zero-carbon, zero-waste country by 2030, and tackle the climate crisis, which is the defining challenge of our times.
And we have set out how we would build safe, strong and sustainable communities, where each and every one of us can thrive, no matter who we are or what our background.
Yes, the blueprint we’ve set out is ambitious. And yes, it’s going to take a lot of hard work. But let no one be in any doubt about the need for that work to start immediately.
Plaid Cymru has never been in the business of accepting Wales’ lot. We always want better, we always want more, for our country. That is our very raison d’être.
So let the other parties say we’re ‘dumping’ on Wales. If they’re content with what we’ve got, that’s up to them. We’re not prepared to sit back and accept that the state of our nation is inevitable.
It’s a truth that we, all of us, who call Wales home know in our heart of hearts, that we just can’t trust the Westminster parties to put Wales first.
But in Plaid Cymru, what you’ll get is an unstinting and unapologetic commitment to always putting Wales first, and local champions who’ll fight for our communities and our nation.
Because that is precisely what we are: Wales’ party. And it is only Wales’ party that can solve Wales’ problems.
We’ve had almost a decade of Tory austerity in Westminster, and over 20 years of Labour mismanagement in Cardiff Bay.
Labour themselves recognise they don’t know what they’re doing with the economy. And in our health service, we’ve seen crisis after crisis. And we have a third of our children living in poverty.
There is simply no use in putting our faith in either of the two big Westminster parties and expecting anything to change for Wales. Our nation has put our faith in them for generations, and we’re still at the bottom of every league table going.
There is likewise no use in voting Labour to ‘keep the Tories out’. The dysfunction and inequity at the heart of British democracy means that Wales doesn’t decide who becomes Prime Minister.
Voting Labour in Wales won’t stop Boris Johnson. But a vote for Wales’ party means sending the largest ever group of Plaid Cymru MPs to Westminster to fight for our country.
So, today, let’s recognise the opportunity before us and seize it with both hands. Let’s vote for hope and ambition. Let’s vote for a better, brighter, European future for Wales.
Because Wales, our communities, our future, it’s us. It’s each and every one of us who calls this place home. It’s you. It’s your family. It’s now.
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Agree. Let’s give Brexit the elbow.
“Meanwhile Plaid Cymru has consistently stood firm in saying that there is no such thing as a good Brexit for Wales, and the only way to resolve this crisis is a People’s Vote.”
Yes she did; and so as I recollect did Dafydd Wigley. Thank goodness for the new leader! Excellent article.
That article is dated 4th July 2016. Is your opinion now the same as it was then ? Has nothing of the last 3 and a half years of shambles made you think that there may be a better way ?
I certainly do and I wouldn’t be surprised if Leanne’s opinion plus that of millions of others has changed..
Oh I’m glad the policy has changed, but to say “Plaid Cymru has consistently stood firm” is complete rubbish.
no its not just about Wales. We are also part of Britain. Wales can lead through innovating in a better and totally different way to run its economy, its democracy and its society, building on the roots of Plaid Cymru, the compassionate cohesive community of communities. Plaid in Westminster is regularly a leader. Who was key in the coalliton to oppose Boris Brexit shambles? Why was Adam shipped in to help lead this? That was not just about Wales it was Welsh polticians giving a helping hand to Britain. If we turn our back on Westminster as we will have… Read more »
That presupposes that Westminster gives a gnat’s tadger about Wales. Of course Plaid Cymru have to compete in this and every other British election while we are part of the UK, but it will only be when the party has succeeded in conquering most of Wales (as the SNP have done in Scotland) that Westminster will sit up and take notice of this country and the party. The problems facing Wales — the REAL problems — have been highlighted and discussed on this and other websites; they nearly all centre around the fact of Cymru’s colonial status. Plaid could sweep… Read more »
Any kind of arrangement with the LibDems looks increasingly sick. Check out their stance on Cardiff North.
With a bit of luck SNP will leave Swinson’s political career face down in a deep puddle by the morning, and Ben Lake will have overcome their treason in Ceredigion.
I know Adam Price is desperate to make Wales better, however, this kind of of “only we can make Wales better” is heavy with the implicit idea that anyone who’s not plaid, wants and is actively working to make Wales worse. Efficient, fair systems of governance are not hard to achieve unless they are in a culture of polarisation. It is the political parties that create and feed off that polarisation.
At the moment it is practically impossible for Labour to win a GE. what with the SNP taking so many seats and much of southern England entrenched with the Tories. In reality we’ve gone from a two party state to a one party state which the Tories have no plans – ever- to change. Our voting system favours them and they’ve even been eager to change the electoral boundaries to even further help them stay in power. As a result, the only way Wales is going to prevent more suffering inflicted by the Tories is to gain independence.
With fttp results now in, we have Lab 40%, Con 36%, PC 10%, LD 6%, bxt5%, grn1%.
As another one “thinking it over”, I would like to see Adam giving us a little more room.
Quite a few people out in the wilderness who could be very useful to Plaid’s growth.
Unionists on the retreat in NI and swamped in Scotland. Interesting times ahead.