The evolution of Plaid's nuclear policy

1997 General Election Manifesto
"Nuclear energy is now a broken dream. The only safe way forward is to reduce the demand for energy and develop the use of renewables."

1999 Assembly Election Manifesto
"We will operate on the basis of a presumption against further open cast mining and nuclear power stations."

2001 General Election Manifesto
"As our dependence on fossil fuels must be reduced and since nuclear energy is not an acceptable option, we shall press for very substantial growth in renewable energy."

2003 Assembly Election Manifesto
"We will call for the devolution of responsibility for large-scale energy projects to the Assembly. This will enable us to block any new nuclear energy stations."

2005 General Election Manifesto
"Plaid Cymru the Party of Wales does not support new nuclear power stations."

2007 Pre-manifesto, Change for the Better
"Plaid Cymru does not support nuclear power."

2007 Assembly Election Manifesto
Zilch. Rien. Nothing. 何にも. Dim byd.

Why the glaring omission?

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posted by Blamerbell @ 1:48 pm,

8 Comments:

At 2:46 pm, Blogger sanddef said...

Because they've already made their views on the matter quite clear? Because it's not a priority campaigning matter? (just guessing here)

 
At 4:33 pm, Blogger Marcusian said...

The official line was that nuclear wasnt a devolved power, but then nor is trident but they are quite happy to have their two pence then!

Its even more galling when Ieuan Wyn Jones supports the Nuclear Power station opening on angelsey. Im not having a go at that view particularly just that it begins to unravel another apparently cornerstone of Plaid Cymru...

We dont support nuclear power (unless there will job losses in my constituency)

 
At 6:42 pm, Blogger sanddef said...

"We dont support nuclear power (unless there will job losses in my constituency)
"

That pretty much sums it up.

 
At 9:26 pm, Blogger Rhodri said...

Plaid, despite this election taking place againt the political backdrop of what should be an almost perfect storm for them, seem to blowing it big-time.

On this issue as with a number of others, plaid seem to be wriggling and writhin rather than capitalising on the electorate's disgust with Labour.

The whole issue of coalition with the Tories (any kind of coalition)is an idea which is sure to make many fed-up, usually labour voting working class people feel very uncomfortable indeed. Plaid coud well pay a high price in terms of faiure to advance for their opportunism.

 
At 12:11 am, Blogger sanddef said...

On the contrary, they are reminding the public that they are pragmatists

 
At 10:27 am, Anonymous cybi said...

Plaid are the least worst option at this election - I will be voting for them. But this kind of double-speak is the worst possible way of dealing with issues... high-minded principles on a general abstract level, grubby vote-grabbing on a local level. It's shit.
Ieuan Wyn Jones says Wylfa B and Anglesey Aluminium are vital for the island because it only has 53% of the UK's GDP. Shouldn't the question be the other way round - is the island so poor because of the lack of economic diversity?
Tying the future of AA with Wylfa B is also a red herring - Wylfa has been out of commission for 2 years at a time and AA has carried on working.
Plaid has really disappointed on this.

 
At 10:05 pm, Blogger Blamerbell said...

"euan Wyn Jones says Wylfa B and Anglesey Aluminium are vital for the island because it only has 53% of the UK's GDP. Shouldn't the question be the other way round - is the island so poor because of the lack of economic diversity?"

Good question.

Also, in terms of GDP, the Gwent Valleys and South West Wales are almost as bad. It would be interesting to ask IWJ whether, using his logic, we should build nuclear power stations there too?

 
At 11:00 am, Anonymous Dutch said...

Is anyone in Wales pro nuclear at all? The conservatives snipe from the sidelines and labour pass the buck?

 

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