7 4 '07 - but have u heard it b4?

September 2006: Plaid announce two key policies to coincide with their Autumn conference. They promise to give first time buyers £5000 towards a new home and to help students with their graduate debt.

January 2007: Plaid launch Change for the Better, a policy document which sets out their aim to "introduce first time buyers' grants" and "help reduce the debt burden of graduates".

February 2007: Plaid launch 7 4 '07, seven key policy ideas "to transform Wales". Party leader Ieuan Wyn Jones announces the first two policies at a press conference in Cardiff. "These are a "First home grant" and "Drop the debt". To help first time buyers Plaid would offer a grant of up to £5000 to help save towards a deposit on a home. To fight student debt a Plaid government would support students from Welsh universities and Colleges who live and work in Wales for five years by paying their student loan repayments during that period."

With 77 days until the assembly elections, how many more times can Plaid 'announce' these same two policies I wonder?

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posted by Blamerbell @ 10:04 am,


At 10:28 am, Blogger Damon said...

They're so busy arguing amonst themselves that they haven't had time to come up with any new ones.

At 12:09 pm, Blogger Ted Jones said...

I know you've got the flu young man but the timeline you so adequately portray shows the development of policy ideas into policy commitments. It's called policy development.

Hope you are better soon by the way. I've notice that your output has falled by over 50%.

At 1:00 pm, Blogger Blamerbell said...

"I know you've got the flu young man but the timeline you so adequately portray shows the development of policy ideas into policy commitments."

I may be feverish but I haven't lost my grasp of the English language.

Change for the Better is a pre-manifesto, and yet it states: "We WILL continue to rule out top-up fees at Welsh universities and help reduce the debt burden of graduates.." and "As part of our affordable housing strategy we WILL introduce first-time buyers' grants..."

Sound like pretty firm 'commitments' to me.

And just to add to the confusion, the press release for 7 4 '07 is still calling them policy 'ideas'!

At 9:17 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't you comment on the policy itself rather than childishly make an issue out of when was the policy announced.

At 10:25 am, Blogger Blamerbell said...

Given that it has been announced so many times, I have already had ample opportunity to 'comment on the policy itself': one in the Guardian in September last year, and again on this blog in January.

At 8:59 am, Anonymous Daran said...

What's wrong with announcing the same policy several times? Evidence shows that repeating something on multiple occasions actually helps it impact on the consciousness of the electorate.


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