LETTER TO THE EVENING LEADER
It was good to see Mark Brittain in his Evening Leader column (24 Feb, 2010) accepting that Plaid Cymru's current MPs "punch well above their weight".
Their record in exposing the 'cash for honours' scandal as well as impeaching Tony Blair and exposing Labour's shady links with the Mittal brothers marks them out as independent and original thinkers in Parliament. Indeed The Independent's Westminster reporter Simon Carr recently described the three Plaid MPs as more effective than all the 63 Liberal Democrat MPs put together.
Mr Brittain then goes on to argue that smaller parties such as Plaid can't really wield any power because of the big two parties. This is usually a line trotted out by the Tories and Labour (and occasionally the Lib Dems) to argue that a vote for Plaid is a "wasted vote". It's a line that suits the establishment, who want to maintain the status quo of two major parties wedded to the bankers and big business rather than putting the people of Wales's interests first.
As well as perpetuating a failed and discredited political set-up, it also reduces the real choice for voters fed up with paying for MPs' duckhouses, moats and flip-flopping second homes. Plaid offers a strong independent voice across Wales in this coming election, one that is pro-public services and wanting a fair pension for the elderly.
People will vote Plaid in this coming election because they are offering something different to the big three London parties. Voters understand that politics is sometimes about principles and beliefs and not just about power. In the words of the American socialist Eugene Debs: "It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it".