The poverty statistics for Wales really do make grim reading. 1 in 4 people in Wales lives in relative income poverty, and the figure is rising. 1 in 5 pensioners lives in relative income poverty, and it’s risen in the last 4 periods. 28% of children in Wales tragically lives in poverty. If you want the Welsh Government stats they’re here.
Poverty has been a problem in Wales and the UK for centuries. But what’s different now is that the establishment’s past methods for dealing with the ‘unwanted’ poor largely no longer exist.Read more
The Plaid leadership debate is now well underway and the most positive aspect so far has been to see Welsh independence being talked about again.
Over the past six years it hasn’t been mentioned much. The Plaid leadership was simply more interested in, what Jonathan Edwards has called, ‘niche issues’ rather than Welsh sovereignty.
This rejection of Welsh nationalism by Plaid has been an abdication of responsibility to our nation, and it must not continue. We need to be upfront with people about our aims for Wales.Read more
New Group Propel held its first public meeting last Monday, following its launch last month. The event was held in Narberth, Pembrokeshire and was a real success.
There were a range of people in attendance. This included a lot of new people, some who were not members of Plaid Cymru and others who felt motivated to re-join Plaid Cymru.
It was really positive to see so many people coming together to discuss ways forward for their community and their nation. These are the foundations in which Propel is built upon. The Group is a grassroots movement that campaigns for individual, community and national sovereignty.
The event was chaired by Gretta Marshall who spoke of her enthusiasm of the new Group Propel. She also touched upon her recent experiences of learning Welsh. She is a proud Welsh learner and wants Welsh culture to be celebrated and more widely promoted.
Local activists referenced housing as a particular issue in Pembrokeshire. Others were unhappy with the lack of public consultation in Welsh affairs. They talked about wanting the Welsh Government to connect more with people in Wales. This was evident with the campaign set-up to voice concerns of the potential closure of Withybush A&E.
Following its successful launch at the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff this month, inspired activists have rallied together to set-up a Public Meeting in Pembrokeshire.
The meeting will be taking place at 7pm on Monday 4th June 2018 at the RAOB Club in Narberth.
This will be the first public meeting following Propel's official launch event in Cardiff this month. The launch saw hundreds of people coming together from all-over the country to discuss ways forward for Wales.Read more
Successful Launch of New Group Propel
Last Monday was an exciting night for Welsh democracy as the new group Propel officially launched. Propel is a grassroots movement that campaigns for sovereignty on an individual, community and national level.
A diverse audience of one hundred and fifty people from all across Wales filled the Grand Hall of the Exchange Hotel, Cardiff. Guests came to find out more about Propel and listen to what each of the speakers had to say on ways forward for Wales.
The event was opened and chaired by Secretary of Plaid’s Women’s Section, Jacqui Hurst. She thanked the Exchange Hotel for hosting the event and welcomed the audience to the event.
Bethan Phillips, an activist from Neath commenced the speeches. She talked about her experiences of growing up knowing nothing but devolved Wales. She stressed the importance of having a range of opinions, both on an individual and national level.
“What is really exciting about this evening, is that we each have our own individual story, and I am inspired to see such a diverse audience here.
“A range of voices and opinions are essential ingredients to any flourishing modern democracy. Different ideas take us forward. They contribute to our development as an individual, as a community and as a nation.
“I believe that politics in Wales needs to be shaken up, because in my lifetime and in devolved Wales, there has only been one Party governing Wales. A reshuffle of ideas and administration is essential to Wales reaching its full potential.”Read more
A new political movement within Plaid Cymru will be making its first move with a meeting at the Best Western Diplomat hotel, Llanelli (Wednesday March 28, 7.30).
Neil McEvoy AM, speaking on behalf of the group, will set out its aims and he'll be joined on the platform by Gwyn Hopkins, the former Secretary of Llanelli Plaid Constituency, who will speak about natural justice and the history of the party in Llanelli.Read more