wind-farms and Independence

Blwyddyn newydd dda! Happy New Year! Agree completely with strong leadership but what I feel Plaid are seriously lacking at the moment is community engagement, certainly here in mid-Wales. There are two burning issues in Montgomeryshire, windfarms (rejected by 80% of locals) and school reorganisation where excellent education is under threat of tinkering pointless reforms.…

Irish pay for European greed

Tens of thousands of Irish people descended on Dublin over the weekend in protest at the Irish Government’s severe economic policies – slashing the minimum wage; cutting unemployment benefits; raising VAT to 24%; raising property tax and much more. However there was no attempt at raising corporate tax, which is amongst the lowest in Europe…

VAT Injustice

Hat Tip (as they say in the blogging world) to Valleys Mam for reminding us that luxury items, such as antiques, private education, private health, helicopters etc., have a different level of VAT to those of other goods. With VAT set to increase to 20% the difference will be that much more stark.  Once again…

Controlling alcohol

The SNP run Scottish Government recently proposed a minimum price on every unit of Alcohol. This was rejected by the other parties with spurious arguments, even though the policy was supported by health and alcohol related charities and organisations, the Police, and had popular grass roots support.  Plaid Cymru passed a similar motion at Conference…

Schools reorganisation

Denbighshire County Council have started on the process of reorganising education in Denbighshire. The schools under consideration are: Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Cynwyd; Ysgol Bro Elwern, Gwyddelwern; Ysgol Llandrillo; Ysgol Carrog; Ysgol Glyndyfrdwy; Ysgol Betws Gwerfil Goch; and Ysgol Caer Drewyn, Corwen. The Cabinet decided to support the option that is being referred to as ‘rationalisation’.…

Ploughing profits into public services

Plaid Cymru have floated the idea of creating an all-Wales rail service with a not-for-profit company controlling the service when Arriva’s contract comes up in 2018.  My immediate reaction to this was, brilliant! A policy that puts the people first, and ensures a balance between the needs of the passengers and the needs of the…