Plaid Cymru

WE Hold YOU to Account: Why the Broadcasters Need to Send a Clear Message to David Cameron

David Mooney | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Mooney

The situation surrounding Prime Minister David Cameron and the will-he-won't-he with the TV election debates is fairly amusing from the outside, but it provides a huge insight into how politicians actually view the press.

Tory Austerity Stoking Up Resentment Not Seen Since Days Of Thatcher

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics

David Cameron's Government is stoking up the kind of anger among voters not seen since Margaret Thatcher's days, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has sa...

Europe Must Challenge Austerity

Leanne Wood | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

A lesson we might learn from Greece is for the need to challenge the centre and to be bold. There is an alternative and it is up to those of us on the peripheries of our states and unions to stand up for our interests.

Peer Causes Outrage With This 'Unbelievable' Auschwitz Comparison

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics

A senior Plaid Cymru peer has apologised for "any offence caused" after making comparing the Trident submarine base to the Nazi concentration camp Aus...

The Welsh Nationalists Want People In England To Vote Green

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 28.01.2015 | UK Politics

Plaid Cymru has told Welsh people living in England to vote for the Green Party, in order to increase the chances of a hung parliament after May 7. ...

Why Cameron Is Right to Refuse an All Inclusive Televised Debate

Simon Phillips-Hughes | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Phillips-Hughes

While the broadcasting establishment may think they are being clever calling out Cameron and becoming the story, they are really cooking up even more voter dissatisfaction. Inclusive government, not inclusive TV debates, is the key.

The UK's Nuclear Future

Harry Saville | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK Politics
Harry Saville

Moving forward, we need to recognise the important role our nuclear deterrent plays internationally. Despite the global security environment having changed markedly since 1940, to abandon our deterrent now would only serve to undermine our own security, the security of our allies and that of liberal democracy globally.

The Green Party Must Get a Fair Hearing From Ofcom and Broadcasters

Natalie Bennett | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Politics
Natalie Bennett

Obviously, as leader of the Green Party, I'm deeply disappointed by this decision, but as a voter and citizen I'm also gravely concerned about the possible impact on British democracy if this stance is maintained in the final guidance.

TTIP's Threat to Democracy

Leanne Wood | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

TTIP will subject Europe to American-style 'light touch' regulation for corporate take-overs and practices. It will drape a constant shadow of uncertainty over public services in the form of possible aggressive private take-overs.

Cameron Must Set Out What He Wants From EU, Says Ex-Tory Cabinet Minister

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been warned by one of his former cabinet ministers that he must set out his "red lines" and "spell out" what he wants in his attempt...

Hope Must Overcome Despair Following the European Elections

Leanne Wood | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

In all corners of the European Union, a significant proportion of those who voted last week opted for parties that provided a vehicle for expressing deep dissatisfaction. That dissatisfaction - despair even - is complicated and sincerely felt and should not be dismissed. It should be confronted.

On Language and Nationalism: A Letter to Wales

Leigh Jones | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Leigh Jones

To my dearest Wales, Cymru, cartref. I use the word "cartref", Welsh for home, despite not having lived there for six years or more. Somehow one's heart is always located deep in one's roots.

EU Needs To Change In Order To Benefit Wales, Says Plaid Cymru MEP

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has acknowledged the EU needs to change in order to benefit Wales. In a speech at her party's conference in Cardiff, the...

Plaid Cymru Carries the Mantle of Progressive Politics

Leanne Wood | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

The Party of Wales is the only party left that is unashamedly committed to European cooperation. That doesn't mean we don't recognise the need for the EU and its institutions to modernise and meet the aspiration and needs of its citizens, but we have no doubt that Wales, and Europe have benefited from European union.

Ban Smacking of Children... Now

Lindsay Whittle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lindsay Whittle

I hope fellow Assembly Members will ensure that legislation is introduced speedily - and not allowed to drift while more young people are victims of physical assault. It is never acceptable to impose violence on children and it's time we acted to stop it.

There Is an Alternative to Royal Mail Privatisation for Wales

Leanne Wood | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

I am proposing a Welsh way forward. Plaid Cymru is not a party to shout "foul play" from the side-lines. The Party of Wales is determined to meet the aspirations of our people with alternatives. I've written to the UK Business Secretary calling on him to follow a precedent set in the Post Office Act of 1969. That legislation implemented far-reaching reforms, and within it, the UK Government surrendered its postal interests in the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, offering them to the governments of those territories.

A Rainbow Alliance for a Radical and Rebalanced Future

Leanne Wood | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

It seems that the role of the Deputy Prime Minister in every Government is to speak in vivid terms about how much they are committed to ending the wealth gap between the rich south and an impoverished north. But as far as actual practical solutions are concerned, we have had 80 years of failed policies...

An Open Letter to Gwynedd County Council and Plaid Cymru

Shan Ellis | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics
Shan Ellis

For several years now Gwynedd County Council have been reorganising and federalising small rural schools to save on the Educational budget (a grant I might add from the government which is ring-fenced specifically for use within the educational department).

Maybe the Welsh Should Call for an English Parliament

Eddie Bone | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Politics
Eddie Bone

In reply to the Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood's The Huffington Post article published on the 28 January 2013 "what is best for Wales?...

EU Referendum: What's Best for Wales?

Leanne Wood | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

In Europe and Britain, if we are to accept the line from London that the UK is a political union of equals then the UK has to accept that it can only move so far and so fast as is agreed by all of its members. Isn't that the very essence of subsidiarity? The arguments for staying part of the EU - certainly with steps to make it more efficient and more responsive to the diverse needs of European regions - are more clear-cut here in Wales than as seen in England. On balance we in Wales would probably prefer to stay put.

Steps Must Be Taken to Halt Market Rigging

Leanne Wood | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

Leaving aside the alleged and unresolved illegalities, what we are witnessing is an ongoing transfer of wealth upwards, often from those who cannot afford it to those who do not deserve it. It cannot go on forever, and steps need to be taken now to stop this flow.

Veterans Deserve Better

Leanne Wood | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

We need to do far more in identifying problems earlier such as ensuring mandatory mental health assessments as part of the discharge process and funding specialist support workers for veterans. They deserve better than relying on volunteers shaking buckets in Cardiff Airport at 5am.

Now for UK Constitution Talks

PA | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK Politics

Prime minister David Cameron should set up talks on the United Kingdom's constitution before it is too late, Wales' first minister Carwyn Jones has sa...

Plaid Cymru's Plan C To Get Wales Back On Track

Leanne Wood | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK Politics
Leanne Wood

The UK remains in the midst of the deepest recession in living memory with few predicting a change in fortune anytime soon. People in Wales are particularly feeling the pinch. Unemployment is higher than the UK average and the cull of the public sector has, and will continue to, hit us especially hard since it employs a higher proportion of our workforce than in England or Scotland.

Plaid Cymru Leadership Shock Win For Leanne Wood

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.03.2012 | UK Politics

When Leanne Wood announced she was standing in the Plaid Cymru leadership race, she was regarded by many as the rank outsider, given her more junior p...