The economic 'benefits' of independence
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
If you're still eating your porridge, you might want to wait a minute before reading THIS.
Plaid Cymru's Maldwyn candidate, David Thomas, has written a heavy exposition on the economic case for independence. He's got his work cut out - only 14% of Welsh people agree with him.
posted by Blamerbell @ 8:59 am,
- At 10:17 am, Mr Gasyth said...
Fair play to him for putting the case. Whn you consider that no-one has been doing if for the bast couple of decades, the fact that 14% believe so is amazing in itself.
If supporters of Independence put forward the arguments for, as do their Scottish counterparts, rather than letting Labour's scaremongering win the argument by default, then I'm sure we'd see that figure rise.
- At 11:18 am, cymrumark said...
the latest poll has support at 19% for independence. The 14% is for those who believe independence would boost the economy.
Support for independence is by 3% in a year since the last poll on the subject.Only another 12 years to go then :)
- At 12:23 pm, Chanticleer said...
He's still acting the typical Plaid apologist - barely brave enough to say "independence" without waffling on about the EU and the UN, and how even the UK isn't even "independent" any more. Plaid need to get a grip and make the most out of these poll results.
- At 1:33 pm, plaid wrecsam said...
The majority of people questioned in recent opinion polls want a full parliament or independence. As Mr Gasyth says that's remarkable given that Plaid isn't prioritising constitutional matters to the same degree as the SNP at the moment.
Anyone who saw Alex Salmond, not my favourite politican, confidently tear apart New Labourite Douglas Alexander on Newsnight last night will know that the arguments for independence are there to be used.
Wales may end up getting independence on the coat-tails of Scotland or due to English rejection. I'd far rather we got it by a confidence that we can run our own affairs.
Implicit in the anti-independence argument is that Welsh people are somehow unable to govern themselves.
- At 6:07 pm, Wynne Jones said...
Interestingly, of the total number of people questioned from Wales - a mere 527 - only 8% came from Gwynedd (which, I presume, also includes Ynys Mon). It's fair to assume that this area contains the highest percentage of nationalists in Wales. Other more anglised areas - Gwent, Clwyd - typically made up about 15% of those questioned.
- At 7:10 pm, Chanticleer said...
a "mere" 527 is pretty good for a 3million population, when you consider most UK-wide polls use 1500-2000 people to represent 60million. Still, polls are what you make of them. All we need know is a politician to blurt out "only one poll counts and that's...." yawn.
- At 2:56 pm, Wynne Jones said...
Well, 527 people may be 'pretty good' as far as most polls are concerned but that still leaves every person polled in Wales effectively representing the views of nearly 5700 people.