Liz does in for Ieuan Wyn ?

Cynog thinks it’s time for Ieuan Wyn Jones to step down as Plaid Cymru leader (from Wales Online):

Former Plaid MP and AM Cynog Dafis said he could see a “compelling” case for Mr Jones to go so that the party can secure a power-sharing deal with Labour.
And there are others within the nationalist community who want Mr Jones to relinquish his position as leader so the party can move on.
The Plaid leader came under fire this week for choosing to remain on holiday in France rather than attend the Queen’s opening of the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Mr Dafis said the prospect of five years of a Labour Welsh Government was “depressing” but a new leader could take Plaid back into power with its former partner.
He said: “The argument for Ieuan leaving soon is to enable a new leadership to lead Plaid Cymru into coalition with Labour. That seems to me a compelling argument.”
He continued: “I think a Plaid presence in a coalition government on the right terms would offer a far more progressive and productive and radical few years of government in Wales. My assessment of this is leading me to the conclusion it shouldn’t be too long a delay before a leadership contest takes place.

(That was written by David Williamson, an Ulsterman, you can tell by his use of “nationalist community” – the first time I’ve read that phrase in a Welsh context).
Betsan thinks he’s vulnerable.

Forty eight hours on from the moment it became clear that the Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones had chosen a holiday in France over attending the Royal Opening and the dust is far from settling.
People in the Bay and beyond are genuinely baffled at why Mr Jones has decided to do something so obviously political damaging and so public. Not one of those who stopped yesterday to talk to my colleagues in Llangefni offered a word of support, or just didn’t mind very much. They were all quite clear that he’d got it wrong.

I was never a fan of Ieuan’s decision to resign “sometime in the next two years” – Durkan tried that and quickly realised that a lame duck leader isn’t good with elections to fight. It is, however, the irony of all ironies that missing a Queen’s visit should bring down a Nationalist leader. What.A.Strange.World.


  • Dewi

    I know this is sandwiched between Zombies and child homosexuals but it is interesting honest. gospel.

  • Now, just let me get this right and do the maths …

    This Assembly has significant additional powers. Actually, it can now make a real difference to Welsh life. There are now a full score of areas in which Llywodraeth Cymru has devolved responsibility. Good.

    There was an election, just a few weeks back. 950,000 Welsh votes made their mark.

    Labour didn’t win an overall majority (43⅓% of the votes, up 10%, but took half the seats), yet, by the same wonders of the electoral system which Dewi applauds in Scotland, now directs the Assembly.

    PC (19⅓% of the vote) won the same number of seats as the Tories (25% of the vote). That’s democracy. Ahem!

    Five of the PC AMs found “other business” to which they absolutely must attend, rather than the “Official” opening of the Assembly to which they had been elected (and were being paid).

    Now, I’m a fairly-aggressive (small c) republican, both sides of the Irish Sea. So let me, in this context, consider the options …

    ✔ Turn up and shut up (because my political mentors said you’d always need to be there — “Tha needs t’know wha’ t’enemy’s dooin'”).

    ? Abstain on principle. And be brash about it.

    ✖ Tell the Press I’ve got “family commitments”.

    All of those would be a bit less noxious and “Pass the sick-bag, Alice” than this:

    Leanne Wood, the party’s spokeswoman on housing and regeneration, said she would spend the day talking to businesses in Bridgend in south Wales about how they are coping with the economic downturn.

    In a blog headlined Boycotting Mrs Windsor, Wood said she supported the abolition of the monarchy. She argued: “In the modern Wales people should not be subjects, we should be citizens. The monarchy represents a hereditary class system which perpetuates inequality. The royals are an unaccountable, privileged elite.

    “The income they can expect to make from the crown estates land in Wales in future years is money that could be well used by the cash-strapped Welsh government. Since I want her gone, I’ll be elsewhere when she comes to open our Senedd.”

    Pity nobody in PC could inform Ms Leanne Wood about the British Nationality Act 1948. Had she consulted her relative, Elle Wood [see, she might appreciate the legal status of her fellow citizens.

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  • Dewi

    Tories beat us I’m afraid Malcolm – 14-11….