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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Under the Radar Plaid

PlMy sources inform me that Plaid Cymru is running their best ever campaign for the forthcoming election. During 2006, the party distributed more leaflets than it has ever done in a year and canvassed more people than ever in its history. Coupled with rebranding the party at a national level, conducting a hugely successful What Wales Wants programme, and professionalizing its policy/political work – Plaid are looking in good shape for May. The lessons of 2003 it seems have been learnt with a far more focus on messaging and political strategy. The new Campaigns Unit has orchestrated a remarkable turnaround in the party’s ground offensive.

With Labour in strategic disarray led by a leader whose power is waning every day as potential successors position themselves in anticipation of any handover, perhaps May the 3rd will be far more interesting than everyone has thought to date.

3 comments:

Blamerbell said...

"My sources inform me that Plaid Cymru is running their best ever campaign for the forthcoming election."

I'm sure they are. It'll be interesting to see how much of an affect it has on the outcome.

And don't forget, they're not the only well organised party these days. The Tories are very slick too.

Chanticleer said...

I think Ieuan Wyn Jones has done a pretty impressive job of undermining four years' hard work thanks to his little performance at the budget.

Plaid have since shown themselves unable to work with any party, with a few AMs holding reign over Ieuan and scuppering any chance of a fruitful coalition in May.

Ted Jones said...

"And don't forget, they're not the only well organised party these days. The Tories are very slick too." -

A little bird tells me the Tories have £440k to spend, but where is the money coming from?

"Plaid have since shown themselves unable to work with any party, with a few AMs holding reign over Ieuan and scuppering any chance of a fruitful coalition in May"

As someone who has been around the plaid circuit for many years, the whole rainbow coalition idea had about as much chance of coming to fruition as Nick Bourne becoming First Minister - zilch.

The way the budget debate has turned out has effectively marginalised the two other oppostion parties and polarised things between Labour and Plaid. The VPGT theme meant that the Tories and Labour were the key players - the nature of the game has changed now!