Hello there. Hope you’re feeling well today.The byelection last week notwithstanding you are getting a sense of momentum towards Plaid Cymru at the moment in Wales. Local government by elections have resulted in the party gaining seats where they have never gotten them before.
Yesterday (Thursday) it was the turn of the Court Ward in Barry. Plaid won the seat (for the first time) with 47% of the vote. Easily beating Labour with just 34%.
Now no one, least of all me will say that there wouldn’t be obstacles and setbacks along the way. But what these by election results show is that Labour’s biggest fear in Wales, that Plaid will eat into it’s core vote, is beginning to happen.
What is happening, I would argue is a combination of things, but primarily no longer do Welsh voters accept the Labour core argument of looking at their past performance and not their current one of the arrogant incompetence of the establishment. They are looking for an acceptable alternative and that is what Plaid represents.
It is why Labour attack Plaid Cymru often. They know this.
Labour in Wales have lived off the mindset of the past for years. The fact that, albeit slowly, it’s being chipped away is good for Wales let alone Plaid Cymru.
And if you add Plaid Cymru’s local council by election successes across Wales with the attack on their Caenarfon office yesterday what you’re getting is a sense that no longer are people looking at them as an irrelevance. They are taken seriously.
This might be the moment where people will look back and mark the date as when the march towards independence truly gathered momentum.
Until the next time.