02/05/2012

Vote Plaid for a fresh start in Ceredigion


I’m not going to suggest that Ceredigion will be transformed into Nirvana if Plaid Cymru win an overall majority in the local elections on Thursday, although some winning candidates may temporarily reach there on election night. But the coalition of Independents and Lib Dems which has ruled the county for as long as anyone can remember, really is due for a change.

Now I don’t like those leaflets that always say, “Only voting for x party can save us from The Tories/The cuts/Planetary destruction”, because there’s usually more than one solution to any problem. But, with the Labour Party only putting up one candidate, the Conservatives inconsequential at local level and the ruling Independents and Lib Dems entirely intertwined, it quite literally is only by voting for Plaid Cymru that a change is going to occur in the running of Ceredigion Council.     

Now there are all sorts of bad things about political parties, but when a council is dominated by people who call themselves ‘independent’, then you start to see their good side. With councillors representing political parties you have people who are at least connected to the wider modern world. Their parties have things like manifestos that people can read and conferences where they work out ideas, principles and policies based around wider philosophies. Not so ‘independent’ councillors who, strangely, considering they are supposed to be independent, always seem to end up reflecting the same grey, small ‘c’ conservative approach to society.

Odd, therefore, that the Lib Dems should have become so comprehensively absorbed into the Independents locally, to the detriment of any of their party’s more progressive ideas, which are supposed to exist somewhere but, like at Westminster, never seem to see the light of day.

Despite being by far the largest party represented on Ceredigion Council (20 councillors), Plaid have always been kept out of office entirely by an alliance of all the rest (12 Independents, 9 Lib Dems and 1 Labour). I’m under no illusions that whoever runs Ceredigion after Thursday will be faced with the same issues of increasing demands and less and less money to tackle them. But the Council  needs a fresh start and it needs to engage with people. I like to think that Plaid Cymru, with an inspirational new leader and with it’s principles of support for public services, local communities, small businesses and environmental sustainability, are now by far the best people to take the communities of Ceredigion forward.

For the many people who want change in Ceredigion, there really is only one answer at this election.

Click on these green highlights to read Plaid’s local and national manifestos for the Local Government elections on Thursday.

11 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 02, 2012

    I recently moved to Cardigan from Essex and there is no way I'm voting for Welsh nats

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  2. Considering I only published this post 10 minutes ago, you're remarkably quick with your comment for someone who has only just moved to the area. I would respectfully suggest that your preconceptions about Plaid may be misinformed (to be fair, I doubt if much information about Plaid reaches Essex). Try reading the manifestos and see what you think about the party's actual policies. We're really very nice.

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  3. AnonymousMay 02, 2012

    I've got enough English friends and neighbours here to tell me how the land lies.

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  4. AnonymousMay 03, 2012

    "I've got enough English friends and neighbours here to tell me how the land lies."

    Yes they pretend they still live in England, and so will you I suppose. Colonialism never dies.

    Brits abroad eh!

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  5. AnonymousMay 03, 2012

    Cardiganshire is not abroad it is part of Britain and we are British

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  6. AnonymousMay 03, 2012

    Cardiganshire ceased to exist in 1974 perhaps you should buy a map and I decide my nationality thank you. As I was saying, colonialism......

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  7. I'm English and moved to Ceredigion five years ago.

    I'll be voting Plaid despite not being a Welsh speaker.
    Have always been a socialist and find a lot to like in Plaid's manifesto.

    Was impressed by my Plaid candidate who seemed an honest man with values.
    He also was not frightened to canvass wearing his Plaid colours.

    His Lib Dem counterpart was as much a stranger to the truth as Nick Clegg.

    She told me that Plaid ran the council, and to vote Lib Dem for change !
    She tried to hide her Lib Dem colours, claiming she was not party political.
    When I challenged why she wasn't standing as an Independent then she got most grumpy.

    Either she is very dense or mendacious, or possibly both.

    Good luck Alun and Plaid.

    Really hope to wake up to a Plaid run Ceredigion.
    As you say, it won't be change overnight but hopefully a move away from the arrogant attitudes at Ceredigion council at the moment.

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  8. Thanks Sandy. I've just popped home from the polling station. The last conversation I had there was with a student from Surrey who has just voted Plaid for the first time. It doesn't matter where you're from, what matters is your political values.

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  9. Hi Alun

    Sad that the breakthrough didn't happen.

    Good to see Keith Evans and two of his cronies booted out though.

    Without being libellous of course, do you think the newly elected Independents are just Tories or Lib Dems flying without party colours or are genuinely independent and of a more ...erm...must be careful here...less self serving type than those that have been booted out ?

    Is there any chance that we won't have to go back to a similar political make up as the previous council ?

    Any way Plaid & Hag Harris might be able to pull something together with any centre centre/left leaning Independents ?

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  10. These are the kinds of questions a lot of people are understandably asking. I wouldn't want to prejudice any possibilities by commenting right now. However news likely soon...

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