Adam Price to leave Westminster

The political star of his generation, Adam Price MP, has announced that he will be leaving Westminster at the next election. The Western Mail reports that he’s been awarded a $40,000 Fullbright scholarship to study for a year in the US. He then intends to become an Assembly member at the 2011 elections. Betsan speculates on potential successors in what is that unusual beast, a relatively safe Plaid Cymru seat.
I’m more interested in how Adam can get into the Assembly as is Vaughan. (via GT). The man himself has yet to comment on his blog but has a go at everyone’s favourite – Peter Hain

Adam’s plan is fraught with dangerous risk. No current Plaid constituency AM is thought to be retiring so Adam could:
a) Seek nomination to fight a seat such as Neath or Carmarthen West. Winning either would not be straightforward (that’s the nomination never mind the seat!)
b) Stand for election as head of the top up list in South Wales West maybe. The risk here is that if Plaid win Neath then they might not win a top up AM.

I think he’ll go for Neath – it borders Carmarthen East, his current seat, and is an ex-mining valley – Adam’s from that tradition. To win the nomination and meet the people is spending the next year in the USA the best preparation?

  • willis

    My first introduction to Adam Price was when he chaired a session of the Westminster Media Forum on Nations and Regions and you knew he was good.

    Is it a wise political decision? Who knows. Is it the sort of decision that 90+% of ordinary voters applaud? I think so.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Main focus for Plaid seems to be the assembly – but will probably seem like a bad decision if Plaid lose the seat.

    ps Connacht beating Kaydiff and Ospreys still looking like less than the sum of their parts against Leinster, Munster to mash Llanelli at least poor-boys-Dragons are providing some respite.

  • susan

    Thanks, Dewi. I admit I had to click on the links for background, but this jumped out at me from the Western Mail piece:

    “Mr Price, who, before becoming an MP was managing director of an economic consultancy, said he wanted to study the relationship between devolution and economic development – and that there was nowhere better to study it than the United States.

    “Someone said that’s where the sovereignty atom was first split – it was the first country in the world where federalism and devolution were at the basis of the constitution. I’m very interested in how some of the rural towns in states like Nebraska and Colorado have become economic success stories over the last 20 years.

    “It’s not very often that elected politicians have the opportunity to stop and think. My intention is to learn and develop ideas in the United States and then come back and seek to apply them for the good of Wales.”

    Anyway that line about splitting the “sovereignty atom” jumped out at me, because it reminded me of a quotation from Adams — not Gerry, but John, the second president of the US — I read recently in a textbook for young people that made me think about the American revolution in a different way.

    What Adams said, or wrote, to Thomas Jefferson in 1815 was this:

    “As to the history of the Revolution, my ideas may be peculiar, perhaps singular. What do We Mean by the Revolution? The War? That was no part of the Revolution. It was only an Effect and Consequence of it. The Revolution was in the Minds of the People, and this was effected, from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen Years before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington>”

    I’d always assumed the American Revolution was inevitable, given the size of the Atlantic, the fact that the Royal Navy of that time was still dependent on wind power, and that the RAF wouldn’t exist for more than another century. So that quote made me reconsider that.

    Good luck to Adam Price!

  • susan

    meant to say “the success of American Revolution was inevitable,” not “the American Revolution was inevitable.” Sorry if I rambled off topic!

  • Mmmmmm, Good luck to Adam, but I fear he will come back full of shit, I can think of few ‘British’ politicians who made the crossing and gained from the experience.

    $40K for mosying around small town America for one year, nice work if you can get it. Remind me who sponsors these scholarships?

  • Dewi

    Siwsan – look after him whilst he’s over there will you – like invite him round for tea?

  • Dewi

    “Remind me who sponsors these scholarships?”

    Fullbright Mick

  • susan

    Of course, of course, Dewi. But if he lands in some place like Nebraska I can’t even locate on a map I’d better just send him bimonthly red boxes of Barry’s and hob-nobs.