Leanne's IWA interview, and article on poverty

For any who haven't seen it, this is the video of a discussion between Leanne Wood and Lee Waters of the IWA hosted by Prifysgol Glyndwr last week. The audience was quite small, but the quality of the questions they asked at the end more than made up for it ... and the answers weren't too shabby either.


Lee mentioned an article Leanne had recently written for Prospect magazine on poverty. That was news to me, but just click the image below to download and read it.


Leanne's article is entitled Plaid Cymru, independence and closing the wealth gap. It's always good to see the argument for independence put into the context of what we need independence for.

As Scotland's Future highlights, under the Westminster system we are locked into one of the most unequal economic models in the developed world. Since 1975 income inequality among working-age people has increased faster in the UK than in any other country in the OECD. The increasing geographical imbalance concentrates jobs, population growth and investment in London and the south east of England, but no action has been taken to address this by successive Westminster governments. The only way to change this is to take responsibility for ourselves.

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Anonymous said...

But if only those in Plaid took the time and bother to engage with the 'institutions of state' the matter of independence would become an irrelevance.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to have to tell you that we don't take your discredited "institutions of state" as seriously as you do, Mrs Windsor.

Anonymous said...

Anon 15:26, Agreed. And this is precisely the reason why the vast majority in this country would never vote for independence, let alone Plaid Cymru.

If you really think such institutions are discredited then tell people why and where such discredit lies and what you and your party can do to help restore them to former glory.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the Empire. It was truly glorious – when viewed through spectacles tinted by that "special" shade of rose that only comes from the wiping them on the butcher's apron.

Jac o' the North, said...

I see Prospect believes that the Republic of Ireland is somehow part of the UK. When I see a mistake like that I wonder if it's worth bothering with the article.

MH said...

As any Prospector will tell you, Royston, you have to sift through a lot of mud and silt before you get to the nugget of gold.

Anonymous said...

MH, very good!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I also thought the fact they'd put coins on Ireland was the most important point to make about the piece...

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