Thursday, 25 September 2008

For Queen, Country and Leanne Wood

Leanne Wood AM does seem to bang on about certain issues until we're all sick to the back teeth of her lack of focus on devolution in Wales. It's all very well having a strong opinion. As an AM that does seem to have a lot of time on her hands, there are more important subject matters to bring to the discussion table.

In a recent post she discusses her plans on the Oath of Allegiance:

The Assembly Chamber can be a perfect place to draw attention to campaigns that politicians are involved in outside of the Assembly. For some time I have been a member and supporter of Republic, the campaign for an elected head of state, and
I am also supporting their Challenge the Oath campaign.
Always one to protest when a crowd is seen to gather, perhaps - like Bethan Jenkins AM who seems to involve herself in a wide range of campaigns - it is high time that Leanne concentrates on those matters that the Assembly does have responsibility for.

I suggest one of the following for starters:
  • Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and rural development
  • Ancient monuments and historic buildings
  • Culture
  • Economic development
  • Education and training
  • Environment
  • Fire and rescue services and promotion of fire safety
  • Food
  • Health and health services
  • Highways and transport
  • Housing
  • Local government
  • Public administration
  • Social welfare
  • Sport and recreation
  • Tourism
  • Town and country planning
  • Water and flood defence
  • Welsh language


Anonymous 25 September 2008 at 09:52  

I personally agree with Leanne on this. I can't see why you would be so enraged with the idea that leanne or indeed any other AM would prefer to swear an alligence to their constituents rather than the Queen?

alanindyfed 25 September 2008 at 10:13  

Following independence and the establishment of the Republic I am quite sure that Leanne would be happy to take on any of the briefs you have listed.

Anonymous 25 September 2008 at 11:00  

I think your flippant remarks about Bethan Jenkins involving herself with a wide range of campaigns, and your insinuation that this is merely to play to the gallery is ludicrous and quite offensive.

Had Bethan not involved herself in the eating disorders campaign, there would be no cross party group on the matter, and frankly no voice for sufferers of eating disorders at a national level.

Because of Bethan's commitment and determination we are getting closer to a cohesive national strategy on eating disorders in Wales, helping sufferers and their families cope with this life-threatening condition. Shame on you for making light of the campaigns of those AMs you mention.

Crushed 25 September 2008 at 11:11  

On the other hand it could be argued she uses the best forum possible to make such a point.

I guess some of Sidney Silverman's constituents probably tired of hearing abot the death penalty.

Maybe Cobbet's consituents even tired of hearing about slivery?

Miss Wagstaff 25 September 2008 at 12:33  

Anonymous 11:00

You've been mistaken. I happen to have a lot of respect for Bethan Jenkins and her work ethic.

I'm saying that perhaps Leanne should concentrate on more deserving campaigns - ones where you can make a difference - like Bethan Jenkins.

Miss Wagstaff 25 September 2008 at 12:36  

Crushed, That's the first time I've heard of the death penalty, slavery and the oath of allegiance in the same sentence.

Anonymous 25 September 2008 at 13:37  

Could combine all three!

Last person out of Wales, please switch off the lights.

Tower Raven 25 September 2008 at 14:07  

This young woman should be imprisoned in the Tower of London for these comments.

Dr. Christopher Wood 25 September 2008 at 14:31  

I find myself agreeing with Miss Wagstaff.

Not meaning to put words in MW's mouth, it seems pretty clear now that Plaid is more wrapped up in matters of form than substance as typified by Leanne Wood's focus on something so stupid instead of focusing on things that really mean something like the very poor state of the Welsh economy.

Plaid Cymru have turned out to be a great disappointment, they blather on about stupid stuff instead of doing concrete things to improve the Welsh economy. It's like get off on some weird distraction exercises to avoid facing, what is for them, the awful truth: there can't be meaningful independence for Wales absent major improvements in the Welsh economy.

The stupid-Plaid thing about all this is that Wales has the means/assets at is disposal to build a strong economy, but Plaid is blind to them and instead spends its time in Welsh government focused on fluff, not substance.

Plaid has to do more than act like they care, they have to DELIVER.

Anonymous 25 September 2008 at 15:03  

I think it was Walter Bageot who described Britain as a "crowned Republic" and the United States as a "Uncrowned monarchy". I suppose Leanne chooses this cause as one that is important to her. The difference between Britons being subjects instead of citizens!

Anonymous 25 September 2008 at 16:07  

Anonymous 25 September, 11:00: are you Bethan Jenkins?

Freda S 25 September 2008 at 21:20  

At least we do hear leanne doing something more than can be said for a lot of silent and work shy AMs

Anonymous 25 September 2008 at 21:50  

i'm surprised you didn't add wrobgly dismissed bloggers to the areas leanne should look into........

Anonymous 25 September 2008 at 21:59  

I totally agree with you. While Ms Wood is blabbering on about Republicanism, an issue that means so little to the majority of Welshies, the Welsh economy remains weak.

Dr. Wood: Your right. It's just a distraction from PC's primary aim.

Anonymous 25 September 2008 at 22:16  

"i'm surprised you didn't add wrobgly dismissed bloggers to the areas leanne should look into........"

What does Leanne Wood know about bloggers or blogging? Have you seen her links? It's 99.9% Plaid.

Anonymous 26 September 2008 at 08:58  

Plaid - Gogs with attitude!

Stonemason 27 September 2008 at 10:27  

Is Leanne Wood writing her own posts, her latest jumps about like a terrier after rats in a barn, very difficult to comment on, I doubt it is her.

Anonymous 27 September 2008 at 10:59  

Is this about the blog content or the blogger - seems that its Ms Wood getting the hassle not her blog content

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