One councillor in particular has been very busy trying to get fellow councillors to sign up to this hysterical attack on the Plaid group. We didn't realise we'd upset him so much!
The councillor in question, Cllr Phil Wynn, did not attend the recent full council meeting at which Wrecsam councillors voted 34-7 in favour of supporting a yes vote.
Is Cllr Wynn by any chance related to the Cllr Wynn who expects the Welsh Government to provide money for the purchase of the Racecourse?
As citizens of the county of Wrexham we wish to outline to the people of Wrexham ours reasons why we personally be voting "No" in the forth-coming Welsh referendum on the 3rd March 2011:
1. The professional politicians of Wales, who are all publicly backing the "Yes" campaign, have yet to demonstrate how Welsh legislation emanating from the Welsh Assembly will be scrutinised effectively.
2. We fear that allowing the Welsh Assembly Government to pass primary legislation will result in fast-tracking of Welsh legislation, ultimately resulting in the introduction of poor laws, which will impact negatively on the lives of the people of Wrexham.
3. Whilst we agree that the current method of referring Welsh legislation to the Houses of Parliament for ratification is cumbersome, no alternative method of scrutiny has been advanced, other than the Welsh Assembly Government grasping more power for itself.
4. None of our Assembly Members are explaining the consequences that are likely to follow a successful "Yes" campaign i.e. The Richard Commission’s Report advances the argument for twenty additional AMs, the civil servants that support them and tax raising powers for the WAG. Talking about our nation being on a journey allows the professional Welsh politicians to deny the electorate a view of the final destination they are taking us all to.
5. Whilst Baron [Dafydd] Wigley of Caernarfon [at the launch of the Wrexham "Yes" campaign] stated that a "Yes" vote is a vote of confidence in Wales, we believe that a "Yes" vote is really about providing the Welsh Assembly with a vote of confidence, which at this moment in time we are not prepared to give. The South Wales-centric political apparatus has done little to dispel the genuine concerns of North Walians ,that we are a South Walian after-thought.
6. The Welsh Assembly, since its inception in 1999, has failed to engage the Welsh people's interest in our fledgling democracy. Whilst 65% of the Welsh electorate are motivated to vote in General elections, sadly only 44% of the Welsh electorate have ever voted in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Welsh Assembly elections. We argue that the Welsh Assembly ought to focus on better engagement with the Welsh electorate, in particular here in Wrexham.
7. The economic well-being of the residents of Wrexham is closely linked to our ability to trade freely with our neighbouring Welsh counties to the west and English counties and cities to the east. The attitude of the Nationalists in Wrexham is one of automatic challenge to any joint initiatives that Wrexham County Borough Council enter into with its English counter-parts. Moreover, our Welsh Assembly Government Ministers seem solely focused on transport links north-south within Wales, rather than east-west between north Wales and the north-west of England.
8. Peter Hain [Shadow Welsh Secretary] has confirmed that the Welsh referendum is being held in March at the insistence of Plaid Cymru, inevitably resulting in a poor turnout and thereby weakening the legitimacy of the referendum . The referendum ought to have been held on 5th May 2011, at little additional cost to the taxpayer, alongside the Welsh Assembly election, thereby ensuring an electoral turnout of closer to 50%.
9. A "Yes" outcome in the referendum will feed the Welsh Nationalists’ agenda in Wrexham to deliver an independent state of Wales and our departure from the Union, the consequences of which will be economic suicide for the people of Wrexham.
Our wish is to see Wales better governed and s of the people of north Wales and Wrexham at the Welsh Assembly. A "Yes" vote means more of the same, whereas your "No" vote will send a clear message to our professional politicians in Cardiff Bay that we want a better deal for the people of Wrexham and an unequivocal rejection of the Nationalists’ agenda of an Independent Wales.
Whatever the outcome of the referndum vote in Wrexham we hope that the voters turn out in numbers, so as to give legitamacy to the result.
Cllr Phil Wynn