Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Yes campaign focused on giving power to the people

Press release for Yes for Wales campaign:

Welsh Rugby Union chief Roger Lewis will chair the launch of the official Yes campaign for the March referendum in north-east Wales on Wednesday (January 5).

The public meeting at the Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, will hear speakers including local Labour AM Lesley Griffiths, Plaid honorary president Dafydd Wigley and council leader Aled Roberts unite to support a Yes vote on March 3. A speaker from the Conservative party has also been invited. The campaign also has the backing of trade unionists and local community campaigners.

Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths said: “This referendum is about how we can improve things for the future of our country and its people. It is vital we communicate this message to the people of Wales, so that they know exactly what they are voting for and why a Yes vote is important to them.”

Dafydd Wigley added: "Under the current Government of Wales Act, if the National Assembly want to change the law in Wales on devolved matters such as education, housing or local government, they can only do so if they get the advance permission of the House of Lords. It is an affront to democracy and an insult to Wales that an unelected chamber in London can veto the wishes of our democratically elected Assembly.

"Those who have had to work with the present system are agreed that there needs to be a Yes vote on 3rd March. With all four parties in the Assembly supporting this change, I hope that Welsh voters - whatever their political allegience - will give the Assembly the tools they need to make devolution work effectively for Wales."

A local campaign spokesman said: "This referendum is about giving power to the people. The Yes campaign is one that is going to be delivered in this part of Wales by ordinary people on the ground. This meeting is a chance to bring people together and get the local Yes campaign off to a great start.

“The people of Wales are no less capable of making their own decisions than those in Scotland or Northern Ireland, yet our system is lacking in comparison.

“People in Wales deserve to have the rights to decide how they want their country run. It is time this expensive and long-winded system is ended and instead people in Wales, not committees in Westminster, took control.

“A Yes vote would be a clear sign that as a nation we are ready to take greater responsibility in shaping Wales for future generations. March 3rd is our chance to say Yes for Wales and give ourselves and our children the best possible future.”

The meeting starts at 7pm and everyone is welcome.

21 comments:

Cegog said...

Roger Lewis addresses Yes for Wales launch in Cardiff earlier today and the empty seats in the room is very telling.

Park Wall said...

Plaid Councillors decided tonight to allow a development outside the settlement limit.

Hypocrits after what they did with Brymbo and Rhostyllen!

I bet they were like kids in a sweet shop at the thought of promoting their ideology in Gwersyllt.

Plaid Whitegate said...

So providing a Welsh-medium school is "promoting their ideology"... sounds like the paranoid rantings of someone who lost the vote to me.

Plaid Queensway said...

I wish people would get their facts right, for a start the vote for the school was 10 - 0, as far as I know there are only two Plaid Cllrs on the planning committee!We do not own it.

Development outside settlement and therefore departures from the UDP should be for developments with a direct local benefit, bog standard housing development does not fall into that category, a school providing for a proven local need however does. By the way, the National Trusts new village in Rhostyllen was not outside settlement, just completely inappropriate.

'Promoting our ideology', Providing a good standard of education through the medium of choice for local people is our ideology, shame it's not the same for Labour.

Anonymous said...

Didn't all the Labour w****** who spoke say they supported Welsh Medium education. That is bollocks, they came over as nasty vindictive prats and the public saw them for what they were. How often do the public boo anyone in a council meeting. That is what happened to Cllr Michael Williams last night, its ok for his kids to go to Welsh School but not the rest of Gwersyllt.

Park Wall said...

Interesting how there would have been an even greater local benefit with the Brymbo development and they argued against it. Labour County Councillor Clive Wilkinson dreamt up the link road idea in the 1980s and now Plaid have condemned Brymbo to dereliction for another 5 years.

Anonymous said...

Plaid are again using bullying tactics against Councillors to get their own way.

Plaid Whitegate said...

@ParkWall - Perhaps you weren't present at the planning committee that decided on the Brymbo housing application. If you had been, you would know that the two Plaid cllrs were joined by Labour, independent and Lib Dem cllrs in voting against.

Plaid Whitegate said...

"Plaid are again using bullying tactics against Councillors to get their own way."

Yes, we must stop using logic, facts and persuasive argument in committee meetings. Would you like to explain what "bullying tactics" were used by Plaid?

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Anonymous - Where is your evidence of bullying? Planning decisions are supposed to be made on the basis of the validity of the application and not on party politics like the Labour bloc vote last night.

Penrhyn Drive! said...

Park Wall - Why don't you go away and stop pretending you represent the people of Park Wall because you don't.

Penrhyn Drive said...

Ted George and David Griffiths will have a real fight on their hands in May 2012, two more redundant Labour Councillors.

Grango boy said...

What about Mr Personality himself Michael (the boo) Williams, he should be challenged. What he was saying last night was so outrageous he was booed by the public.

Anonymous said...

The Assembly's such a huge success! Ha! What about the North Wales heart patients who won't get treated in Liverpool or the worry of neurosurgery patients who faced travelling for hours to the south because of our Labour-Plaid government? Think what the millions wasted on the Senedd could have provided for the taxpayers.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Think what the millions wasted in Westminster can have done to Welsh taxpayers. I don't condone waste anywhere but there is a lot less in Cardiff than in Westminster and a YES vote will make the legislative process less cumbersome AND costly. You need to be careful you don't throw the baby out with the water. Darren Miller said why abolish the National assembly for Wales because some think that the Welsh Government is doing well. What the Assembly want is the tools to do the job and you can't do a proper job with one hand tied behind your back.

John Broughton said...

Anonymous 14:45 - What a stupid think to say! So we vote no on 3rd March and things will improve, don't be soft. That must rank as True Wales scraping the bottom of the barrell.

Save Wales said...

A Yes vote will give too much clout to a minority party rejected by many voters. We're on a dangerous path to splitting up the UK and creating tension between English, Scots, Welsh etc.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 14:45 - I should have mentioned maternity services, Ms Hart showed what she really thinks of the troublesome public!
This vote is for the chattering classes in Cardiff (no doubt the Kinnocks will jump on this gravy train) - where's the public clamour?

Rob said...

Save Wales.....
A yes vote will give power to whatever party (or parties) the Welsh people vote for in Mays assembly elections. At the moment most of that power lies with a secretary of state which not one Welsh person voted for from a party which most Welsh people rejected in last years elections.

I believe maitaining the current status quo is a bigger threat to the union than granting Wales parity with Scotland & NI. How can the union survive if all its constituent nations are not treated equally?

Plaid Whitegate said...

@Anon 19.01 - The Kinnocks, bless em, are against devolution because they're True Brits, just like the other self-haters who make up the True Wales campaign.

As for the maternity services review, if you disagree with it (and I do) then campaign against it and vote for a party that supports retention of the SCBU in its current form in Wrecsam.

Anonymous said...

Save Wales must be thick if he doesn't see the irony between the name Save Wales and the bile he/she spouts. Save Wales from what? itself? How can you claim to save Wales when all you do is undermine Wales's ability to self determination. How can you claim to save Wales when everything you do and say point to the fact that you think Brit good, Welsh bad!