The Druid sets out his reasons why he thinks that Plaid Cymru 'flatlined' in the election and failed to make any gains. The Druid disagrees with Welsh Ramblings's assessment that it was down to the Leader's debates. The Druid argues that it was Plaid Cymru's policies that let them down, particularly the Pensions policy where Plaid Cymru intended to raise pensions by 30% which the Druid thought was a 'cynical' ploy and that the public wouldn't be taken in because it was unaffordable. The Druid also claimed that Plaid Cymru would never be in a position to deliver on its promises.
What has happened since proves the Druid wrong, Plaid Cymru's Pensions policy is no less affordable than Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems policy to increase personal tax allowance from £6,500 to £10,000, which would cost £26 billion to implement. Whilst Plaid Cymru flatlined the Lib Dems LOST 6 seats and still ended up with five cabinet seats and a real opportunity to implement their personal allowance tax plans albeit in stages.
Perhaps the Druid should ask himself why Plaid Cymru had a hard time over their pensions policy in the Western Mail when the Lib Dems went about their business unchallenged as regards the affordability of their tax plans!
It could quite as easy been Plaid Cymru and the SNP in the coalition had they both not 'flatlined', and they would then have stood a real chance of implementing this pension policy.
I believe that Plaid Cymru's problem in Westminster elections is convincing the electorate of our relevance and that a vote for us is not a wasted vote, especially because of the problem the electorate seem to have in distinguishing, policy wise between Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats.
It would have been interesting had we had Single Transferable Voting in this election and to see how many second preference votes Plaid Cymru would have had from Liberal Democrat AND Labour voters.
In concluding can I just suggest to the Druid that one can rely too much on statistics especially as 'correlation doesn't automatically imply causation.'