Four good reasons to vote for Elin Jones in Ceredigion on Thursday

1/ All outside observers agree that Elin has performed extremely well as an Assembly Government Minister. Having relaxed into the role, she has developed an engaging combination of being utterly committed to Ceredigion, the seriousness and gravitas expected of a minister, alongside a refreshing and sunny informality unusual amongst politicians.

2/ The One Wales Labour-Plaid coalition government in Cardiff has worked well for Wales because it has provided a vital balance between urban and rural areas. If Labour win this Assembly election outright that balance will be lost. Attention will be focussed on the geographically small urban areas of the country and the gains made for Ceredigion in the last few years won’t happen again. Labour are unlikely to go into alliance with any other party. It’s vital for Wales as a whole that Plaid are back in government.

3/ If it wasn’t for Plaid Cymru we wouldn’t even have an Assembly to vote for. If it wasn’t for Plaid activists we wouldn’t have won the Yes vote to devolve more powers from Westminster in March. If it wasn’t for Plaid over the last 80 years the Welsh language would be all but finished. This is a party with vision that achieves things.

4/ I don’t know of any perfect political parties. But Plaid give a much-needed alternative and left-of-centre perspective to the stale, moribund Tory/Labour/LibDem parties who have increasingly coalesced until it’s hard to tell the difference . It’s only us here in Wales who can vote for Plaid Cymru. Let’s make sure we do.


  1. No mention of the BADGER CULL then...

  2. AnonymousMay 04, 2011

    I thought Elin was very proud of her BADGER CULL policy. Why no mention then?
    M Griffiths PAC Supporter

  3. AnonymousMay 04, 2011

    If we had wanted Plaid in government we would have elected them with an overall majority.
    We don't and we didn't. Now stop doing the Labour Party's dirty work.

    Michael Ritchie

  4. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    Elin Jones has done nothing for us. She does not keep her word and she does not even bother acknowledging correspondence.

  5. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    FOUR reasons NOT to vote for Elin.
    1. Inability to understand peer reviewed Science and insist on a badger cull despite the wishes of the majority of people.
    2. Inability to understand statistics showing that measures in place already drastically reduce incidence of bovine TB. Badger Cull could make things worse.
    3. Gullible Easily led by any 'scientific'paper supporting a cull but NOT sadly peer reviewed.
    4. Falls into the Welsh Assembly lackadaisical approach to All things by not measuring outcomes.
    The effect of a badger cull can not be measured WITHOUT a control.
    And one extra - I don't like the woman. This is not a personal attack. Some people you like and trust - some you don't. Instinct I suppose.
    PAC supporter but living in Cardiff. Member of the Badger Trust. Runs an Animal Welfare email service of UK renown.

  6. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    Never met her so will not judge her character, but one thing is clear from the badger cull - she allows herself to be bullied into following the obsessive beliefs of her civil servants and does not understand the science.

  7. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    Elin Jones and her other animal hating colleagues/cohorts are a really bad advert for Plaid.

  8. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    4 very good reasons at the top of this blogpost; 7 increasingly desperate excuses for responses at the bottom.
    I don't think anyone will agree with absolutely everything that any politician has done and to judge an amazing AM on one single policy is a tad too far!
    Certain people could give some thoughts to the other things she's done as a rural affairs minister: improving animal welfare and wildlife protection; taking on vested interests to stop the entire Cardigan Bay seabed from being destroyed by industrial scallop dredgers: how many politicians from lab/lib/tory would have done that??

    And incidentally if Plaid hadn't won an assembly for Wales, we'd be currently facing the Condem badger cull, which is hundreds of times bigger than Elin's version, and a lot less likely to achieve its aims. Why don't certain people take a look at that campaigning on that one before it goes ahead?...

  9. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    I voted Plaid last time around.

    I doubt I will ever vote Plaid again, specifically because of this woman.

  10. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    Can't wait to see the back of Elin and her dreadful badger cull plan. Plaid is too narrow minded for government.

    Plaid's election hoardings along the roadsides. would do justice to any hard sell estate agent and visible from a mile off. Intrusive and over the top compared to the other parties election materials. No wonder some were removed, I'd have liked to have done the same.

  11. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    Hmmn...Six negative comments in one day. Methinks there's a bit of an election day campaign going on here.

  12. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    At least this blog allows comments from all sides. Anti-cull sites supress debate like this.

  13. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    Some time ago I came across a joint letter Elin Jones did with Rhodri Glyn Thomas (dated 29/2/2000) as a response to the Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs. When you think of what she is putting people through (cattle owners and affected landowners) as a result of her bovine TB policy it is rather galling to read this extract from her letter;

    'To ban hunting would not only be contradictory to personal freedoms and societal cohesion; it would also be detrimental to our wildlife and have a negative impact on certain animal welfare.' Later in the same letter her and Thomas go on to say; 'A ban would therefore criminalize a large number of non malicious people. It would be totally contrary to peoples' freedoms and civil rights to introduce a ban on hunting with dogs.'

    Make of that what you will but what hypocrisy!

  14. AnonymousMay 05, 2011


    IF Plaid believed in 'representation of the people of Wales' they might have paid some attention to the recent Public Consultation on the cull - 13450 responses of which 84% were AGAINST the cull. Instead of which Elin Jones carries on ignoring the wishes of the majority of the Welsh electorate. Vote for her as my 'representative'?? HA!

    A note to the 'Anonymous' above re
    'Six negative comments in one day. Methinks there's a bit of an election day campaign going on here.'

    No, just a few of the 84%.

  15. AnonymousMay 05, 2011

    Vote Elin if you want the FUW to rule Wales.