Nationalists approach to Hung Parliament

The BBC report on Plaid and the SNP’s hung parliament strategy. From Ieuan Wyn:
“”In their race for the keys to Number 10, the London parties have forgotten about what really matters to voters in Scotland and Wales, but the SNP and Plaid Cymru have not.
With the prospect of a balanced Parliament becoming more likely by the day, we believe that an election that gives no single party an overall majority would be the best possible outcome for our nations…..
We would demand fairer funding for Wales and Scotland to protect jobs, our schools, our hospitals and the most vulnerable in society……
At the heart of our platform there would also need to be a real commitment to grow our economies through fast transport links and additional support to create thousands of high-quality jobs in the green and creative industry sectors.”
4 Wales, 4 Scotland. – Quite a snappy slogan from Plaid’s site.
And here’s the Guardian’s take.
From Betsan interestingly: “Will either Gordon Brown or David Cameron come knocking? Haven’t there been signs that Mr Cameron, in particular, would rather look to parties in Northern Ireland, or, of course, to a deal with the Lib Dems?”
And Brian makes the similar point: “…Or would, say, the Tories prefer to strike a deal with the Liberal Democrats or parties in Northern Ireland?”

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  • someone

    Or in other words:

    “Big Issue! Spare change please? Spare change please?”

    Not content with their already generous subsidies from the good taxpayers of the South-East of England the nationalists want even more!

    Lets see who does that remind me of in NI… Oh yea its the Ulster Nationalist Party, a.k.a. the DUP.

  • Cynic2

    The forecast was that the run up to the Olympics would see a rise in prostitution in London.

    I see its come early

  • Drumlins Rock

    its funny how they are calling for “fast transport links”, I persume these links are through England, and such links would be great, maybe even of use for us over here too, but they certainly are alot more likely to happen under a Uninted Kingdom, than the independant states they both want.

  • Dewi

    “I persume these links are through England, and such links would be great..”

    Not particularly – it takes 5 hours on the train from Cardiff to Bangor….twice as long as from Seville to Madrid…

    As to the subsidy point I wonder if anyone can tell me how much we subsidise transport in London?

  • Dewi

    To answer my own question:

    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/28/2862.asp

    £700m a year for buses.
    £600m a year for the tube.
    £81m a year for overground rail.

    That’s £1.4bn a year of which £150m generated by congestion charge….guess who pays the rest?

  • Reader

    “We would demand”
    Where’s the demand for higher taxes and public sector cuts to pay for all of this?
    “create thousands of high-quality jobs in the green and creative industry sectors”
    I.e. the sort of jobs that attract subsidy, not the sort of jobs that generate wealth.

  • Brian Walker

    I should have thought the austere Lib Dems are a better bet for a limited understanding for any minority government than the Nats. And more votes too. But it’s early days..

  • someone

    Dewi,

    That is easy – it is paid for by tax revenue generated in London and the south east, by those who employ those using aforementioned public transport.

    But what about the money Wales gets? How much of that comes from Wales and how much from those lovely tube-subsidising&using; Londoners? Same for Scotland, NI and parts of the North of England. You think we’d be grateful, eh? But nothing like a bit of narrow nationalism to help with the selective reading of the facts 🙂

  • Dewi

    No someone = it’s London that’s the subsidy junkie. Government, Defence, Queens, Museums, Libraries, Opera Houses, Olympics, CRossrail (£16bn – have a think about that..) oh and the banking sector bailout – how much? Did I read £6 trillion?(I really don’t know how much that it…)- you’vb ebeen brainwashed pal.

    Brian – maybe, especially if they get the debate advantage – I reckon the Lib Dems could gain 20 seats (and keep their vulnerable South West seats) as long as Clegg doesn’t fart on the tele…

  • Prionsa Eoghann

    someone is talking shiite!

    >>Not content with their already generous subsidies from the good taxpayers of the South-East of England the nationalists want even more!<

  • Prionsa Eoghann

    Oh and btw the 4 Wales 4 Scotland poster is a belter!

    It sends just the right message that together we can achieve and our votes count. Which of course the London led unionists wish we they could keep us in the box marked ‘irrelevance’……….but to whom, certainly not the constituents of Wales and Scotland.