In a damaging (if anyone takes the Mule seriously) Chief Reporter Martin Shipton does a hatchet job on Leanne Wod headlined
,,.When she stood for the party leadership she had no expectation of winning. The safe, party establishment candidate Elin Jones was seen as the obvious favourite, with Dafydd Elis-Thomas, the third candidate, looking rather optimistically for a new major role after losing the Presiding Officerâ€™s post he had held for 12 years.Ms Wood was thought of as something of a rebel; she had called the Queen â€œMrs Windsorâ€� and was unequivocally on the far left of the party. It was not unknown for her to be referred to in political circles half-jokingly as a â€œTrotâ€� â€“ short for Trotskyist.
The old saying “If you want to drown a dog a dog, first call it a Jacobin” comes to mind.
Nation Cymru covers the same article and points out that …..
….Plaidâ€™s incumbent leader â€“ who faces a leadership challenge by AMs Adam Price and Rhun ap Iorwerth â€“ has so far gained the support of one Assembly Member, Dai Lloyd.She has also been supported by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Arfon Jones.Four AMs and the partyâ€™s sole MEP have yet to back any of the candidates.
Taking that three of the AM are standing out of 10 that means onlyl three have declared for any candidate
One not backing Leanne is Ceredigion AM Elin Jones who tweeted
…The leadership election in which Ms Wood is being challenged by Adam Price and Rhun ap Iorwerth has the partyâ€™s generally uninspiring electoral performance as a backdrop.
But there are additional, more pressing reasons why she hasnâ€™t got the support of parliamentarians in Westminster and Cardiff Bay.
For public consumption, Plaid politicians will say the party is fortunate to have three such talented leadership candidates, and that any of them are credible as potential First Ministers.
Privately, itâ€™s a different story.
While preceding their criticisms with the assertion that Leanne is a lovely person, they set out in detail why in their view she is not up to leading the party â€“ and in no way could be seen as a credible First Minister.
One senior Plaid source said:
â€œThe reason why Leanne has so little support among elected national politicians is because we are the ones who work with her closely and see how she approaches the job.
â€œWe are moving towards the next Assembly election in 2021 when it is vital that we have the opportunity to form a government.“Yet she has shown no leadership in tasking people to bring together ideas and craft them into practical policies that will help us win the election. This kind of work needs to be done well in advance.â€œItâ€™s also important to take professional advice from outside the party, but she decided not to renew the services of the SNP adviser she had been working with.â€œThe Assembly group told her they have no confidence in her, but she refused to stand down as leader and just carried on.
I bet if she had done the reverse, the response would be that Leanne spent to much time listing to advice from outside the party . Indeed I suspect it will come .
â€�Another party source said:
â€œItâ€™s no wonder she has no support from the MPs. There has been no communication from Leanne as to what she expects them to do in Westminster, and therefore they make their own decisions.â€œIf you have a meeting with her, she has no ideas of her own, but wants whatever is under discussion to be sent to the National Executive Committee and sometimes for wider debate at the National Council.â€œShe doesnâ€™t offer any guidance, but will be critical if she doesnâ€™t like what youâ€™ve said.â€œThe party is in desperate need of vision and leadership, but its present state is sclerotic.â€�
BUt she just doesn’t fit into the mainly boys club of Welsh politicians , for who actual beliefs come only second or even third to winning public office and who can shift any olicy according to the polls or more likely the latest Tabloid Heading.
Personally if the Wasting Mule think Leanne is doing a bad job of leading Plaid it proves that she is actually doing the reverse.
Maybe what she really needs (if she wins) is the support of her colleagues , who should put their knives away,