Saturday, 18th October, 2014.

Media Mistake

     Or is it?   For some reason, the media have leapt upon the news of the Scottish National Party’s new Leader.   The journalists and broadcasters have all been calling the lady “the first female leader of a major political party” (or something similar).

And that information is not true – surprise, surprise!

We have had Leanne Wood as Leader of Plaid Cymru for quite a time now.   She is a sensible and balanced person and comes out with some very useful and practical comments.   I have passed on some of her statements and pronouncements in this column.

But, in Wales, that fact that she is a woman seems to be ignored – and so it should be.   It is qualities of leadership and the way a leader conducts her- or himself which counts.

Not that I am ignoring the fact that both of these ladies have shown that there is now an attitude of gender-equality when it comes to electing a party leader.

Confusion In Wasteminster

     I’m sure those two ladies will agree with me on this one.

The whole of the Wasteminster government down there in far-away London seems to be in upheaval on who should vote of which issues.   This applies mainly to MPs who represent English constituencies.

Should those MPs, the question goes, be the only ones who are allowed to vote on matters which pertain only to England?

Seems a logical question to me.   And I have an answer.

Why is Mother England the only nation in the “United” Kingdom to remain without its own Parliament?   Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and even the Isle of Man and the Channel Isles have their own Assemblies or Parliaments.

Why not, therefore, allow Mother England to have the same?

Then, Wasteminster could ease out of such wrangling, allow each of those national governments to . . . er . . .  govern their own patches, leaving the London lot to concentrate on matters such as defence and similar programmes which concern the whole UK.

Political Laxity

     The General Election – the one where we use our democratic votes to put our representatives in Wasteminster – is closer than most of us realise.   Each of what we are taught to call “the three major parties” are splashing out on publicity and using some interesting rhetoric in public speeches (though that rhetoric seems to contain very little in the way of policy-statements!).

As I travel around in Wales, many people in our nation are fed up of getting pieces of paper stuck through their letter-boxes telling them how wonderful one or other political party is.

Often, the voters have never before heard of the candidates.

A friend of mine who lives in a small town in Mid-Wales summed up the situation.   “I’ve not had a single candidate knock on my door so that I could ask him questions about the things which concern me,” he said, “And I’ll vote for the first one who gets out of his or her comfort-zone and does that.”

So come on, you potential MPs – let’s get to know you personally without us having to attend one of your political rallies!

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About Archie Lowe

Though not born in Wales, I have lived and worked here for many years now. I love the place and love that mercurial thing "Welshness". I have been accused of being "a Taffophile" - which is pretty near the truth. The question I ask whenever some idea comes up for the whole of the UK is: "What's in it for Wales". I believe in an independent Wales and am so pleased that our Assembly is a big step on that road.
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