A lot of coverage has been given to the recent opinion polls leading up to the Welsh General Election. The suggestion is that Labour are heading for a significant majority while Plaid Cymru are losing some ground.
Firstly, be they true or false, the fact that these opinion polls receive ‘news’ coverage feeds into a narative creating an impression which feeds back into other opinion polls creating, for better of worse, a sort of self-fullfilling prophecy.
Also it must be remembered that they are primarily a reflection of the political opinion regarding the current financial situation, after all this is what is on most people’s minds and is what’s in the news 24/7, and people are obviously concerned about their jobs, but it’s an issue that is nearly entierly out of the hands of the National Assembly.
When a specific question has been asked about which party people would like to see in Government (Western Mail last week) the response shows that any combination of the favoured outcome includes Plaid Cymru, at least as part of the Government.
But regardledd of all of tehse things, I’ve walked the streets of Rhos, Chirk, Coedpoeth, Cefn Mawr, Corwen, Llandrillo, Penley, Llangollen, Glyn Ceiriog, Brymbo and many other places and spoken to hundreds if not thousands of people. Their response? A complete disillusionment with Labour, and a desire for change. You’d expect me to say this in the middle of an election campaign, but I’m only saying it as it is. The response that we are getting on the door step in Clwyd South at least is considerably different to the picture drawn by the Opinion Polls.
I’m really enjoying this campaign, and am looking forward to every day of it! (except for last Thursday and Friday when I was bedbound with fever, but that’s another story!)
This is going to be a great election battle, and I’m going to enjoy every second of it! For Wales!