Being a Plaid member opens your eyes to the fact that we are indisputably one nation, undivided, north; south; east and west are simply compass bearings.
The map simply goes up and down... even if the A470 can feel like it goes on forever.
Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales, is the only party that puts Wales first all the time, we are not answerable to any Westminster based political masters, we are not running a branch office.
|"Labour are indifferent to the interest of the people in Newport and the nation. It's time for Plaid."|
Our communities face similar problems, the loss of green space, over development, a shortage of affordable housing and sustainable long-term jobs and opportunities.
In Newport we have a self-serving ruling clique that locally mirrors the Welsh Labour government’s indifference to our national and local interests...
Save for public opinion, the Newport ship would be matchwood, the transporter bridge scrap iron, Tredegar House a ruin, and there would be an inner city ring road.
We need to make politics work again, and that starts with making people’s day-to-day lives better.
Plaid does not, cannot and never will write people and communities off, we can think and act for all of Cymru / Wales, all of the time.
We have always wanted our country back, we have not lost our way or an Empire, nor struggled to find a role.
Our focus has always been Wales and the people who live here.
Most of us do not wish to live in some nostalgia drenched fantasy island bedecked with ermine, baubles, gongs and trinkets.
We look forwards to living in a prosperous outward looking nation, one that has much to offer the world.
We recognize that we have to start from the bottom up and that it will be hard work, even the work of years…
Our communities are the literal fabric of our nation - they are the safety net that supports our most vulnerable and give us a sense of place and belonging.
Our planning system and our local government, remains largely nineteenth century in structure and outlook, it does not recognise for our national interests, and with a few exceptions does not recognise the realities of devolution.
Here in SE Gwent, much of the proposed housing in various UDPs (in Newport, Torfaen and Monmouthshire) remains focused on the projected housing shortfall in Bristol.
No offence intended, but that is not our problem.
The Severn Bridge tolls, remain a tax on jobs, on businesses and long suffering commuters.
The failure to invest in infrastructure, stalling over the metro, and the often-dreadful rolling stock used by ArrivaTrainsWales can make the M4 the longest linear car park in Western Europe.
The problems of the M4 are actually a symptom of economic weakness!
Successive Welsh governments (and the Welsh office) been content to live with a Welsh economy that is so weak that many thousands of our compatriots make daily treks across the Severn Bridges to earn their daily bread - and pay for the privilege.
Our focus should be on developing small to medium size local enterprises. SMEs create wealth, employment opportunities and trade with each other. They are unlikely to leave for fresh development grants elsewhere.
If we are serious about changing our country for the better, it starts at a local level. Simply replacing the Labour Party with some sort of Labour Party lite is not acceptable.
We have to show people we are different, we will listen, we will be accountable; we will deliver on our commitments. Only then can change our communities and our nation for the better.
If not now? Then when? If not us? Then who?