04/05/2010

Plaid Back Greens in England


Cynog Dafis, Plaid Cymru’s former MP for Ceredigion, has written to green-minded electors urging them to vote Plaid in Wales whilst fully backing Green Party leader Caroline Lucas in her bid to win the Brighton Pavilion seat on the south coast of England.

Lucas is currently 11/8 favourite to win the seat from the Conservatives in what would be the second major Westminster breakthrough for the Greens following on from Cynog’s historic win in 1992 on a joint Plaid / Green ticket.

Cynog (seen here with Plaid's Ceredigion candidate Penri James) also argues that the model of proportional representation strongly supported by Plaid could eventually result in Green seats in the National Assembly.

His pitch to green voters in Ceredigion points out,
“Environmental activists agree that since Plaid became a partner in the One Wales Government there has been a step change in implementing green policies, including,

* A target for Wales to become self-sufficient in renewable energy by 2050 and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3% per year from 2011.

* A green jobs strategy

* A new farm support scheme, Glastir, with environmental protection at its heart.

* Emphasis on improving public transport and the rejection of the M4 upgrading plan.”

He points to the marginality of green issues to the main parties and the various prominent Greens, like George Monbiot and Professor Peter Midmore, who have expressed support for Plaid Cymru.

This blog’s favourite election outcome would be a tight hung parliament with a strong showing for Plaid, the SNP and the Greens in England to gain real concessions out of any new government.

2 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 05, 2010

    But Green voters know that there is a real deep green to the Green Party - Plaid seems to ignore it when it suits. Killing badgers is just one example of how Plaid is totally ungreen.

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  2. I might agree with you about the badgers and, yes, the Green Party are certainly the greenest. But the centrality of climate change in Plaid's manifesto and specific green policies and targets for Wales place them above all the remaining parties on sustainability. It's because of Plaid that the Welsh Assembly is the only parliament in the world with the principle of sustainability in its constitution. Plaid's Euro-MP, Jill Evans, is vice-chair of the Green/European Free Alliance group containing the Green Party's MEPs. Last year she won an award from an animal rights organisation for her perfect voting record on animal welfare issues. Yes, Plaid could still improve on green issues. Totally ungreen? I don't think so.

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