I’m not going to tackle the merits of Plaid’s stance on the Greens and vice versa. Suffice to say that some voters will be torn between two party with solid left-wing, anti-austerity, pro-democracy ideals.
This post then is simply to provide a guide. If you want to back an anti-austerity party, based on the turnout for each party in the 2010 UK election, then this is who you should vote for to have the biggest impact:
- Aberavon – Plaid (Plaid 7.1%, Green no candidate)
- Aberconwy – Plaid (Plaid 17.8%, Green no candidate)
- Alyn and Deeside – Plaid (Plaid 3.9%, Green no candidate)
- Arfon – Plaid (Plaid 36.0%, Green no candidate)
- Blaenau Gwent – Plaid (Plaid 4.1%, Green no candidate)
- Brecon and Radnorshire – Plaid (Plaid 2.5%, Green 0.9%)
- Bridgend – Plaid (Plaid 5.9%, Green no candidate)
- Caerphilly – Plaid (Plaid 16.7%, Green no candidate)
- Cardiff Central – Plaid (Plaid 3.4%, Green 1.6%)
- Cardiff North – Plaid (Plaid 3.3%, Green 0.8%)
- Cardiff South and Penarth – Plaid (Plaid 4.2%, Green 1.2%)
- Cardiff West – Plaid (Plaid 7.0%, Green 1.8%)
- Carmarthen East and Dinefwr – Plaid (Plaid 35.6%, Green no candidate)
- Carmarthen West and Pembrokeshire South – Plaid (Plaid 10.4%, Green no candidate)
- Ceredigion – Plaid (Plaid 28.3%, Green 1.8%)
- Clwyd South – Plaid (Plaid 8.7%, Green no candidate)
- Clwyd West – Plaid (Plaid 15.4%, Green no candidate)
- Cynon Valley – Plaid (Plaid 20.3%, Green no candidate)
- Delyn – Plaid (Plaid 5.0%, Green no candidate)
- Dwyfor Meirionnydd – Plaid (Plaid 44.3%, Green no candidate)
- Gower – Plaid (Plaid 6.6%, Green no candidate)
- Islwyn – Plaid (Plaid 13.0%, Green no candidate)
- Llanelli – Plaid (Plaid 29.9%, Green no candidate)
- Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney – Plaid (Plaid 5.1%, Green no candidate)
- Monmouth – Plaid (Plaid 2.7%, Green 1.3%)
- Montgomeryshire – Plaid (Plaid 8.3%, Green no candidate)
- Neath – Plaid (Plaid 19.9%, Green no candidate)
- Newport East – Plaid (Plaid 2.1%, Green no candidate)
- Newport West – Plaid (Plaid 2.8%, Green 1.1%)
- Ogmore – Plaid (Plaid 9.6%, Green no candidate)
- Pontypridd – Plaid (Plaid 7.3%, Green 1.0%)
- Preseli Pembrokeshire – Plaid (Plaid 9.2%, Green no candidate)
- Rhondda – Plaid (Plaid 18.1%, Green no candidate)
- Swansea East – Plaid (Plaid 6.7%, Green 1.0%)
- Swansea West – Plaid (Plaid 4.0, Green 1.1%)
- Torfaen – Plaid (Plaid 5.3%, Green 1.2%)
- Vale of Clwyd – Plaid (Plaid 5.8%, Green no candidate)
- Vale of Glamorgan – Plaid (Plaid 5.5%, Green 0.9%)
- Wrexham – Plaid (Plaid 6.2%, Green no candidate)
- Ynys Môn – Plaid (Plaid 26.2%, Green no candidate)
So there we have it. Out of 40 constituencies in Wales, the anti-austerity progressive voters should plump for Plaid in 40 of them.
Are things as simplistic as this? Of course not. There are many factors other than past performance that will sway us one way or the other. Syniadau helpfully provides his analysis here.
I’ve thought long over this section of the post. But it’s worth posting, if only to get a definitive response from Green Party chiefs. Because, with thanks to WelshNotBritish for highlighting it, my attention was recently brought to a rather stunning confession (if true) from the Wales Green Party.
If that’s the attitude of the Wales Green Party then it’s worrying for a number of reasons.
Firstly, it suggests that the Wales Green Party believes the Welsh language and culture to be ‘regional’. That means they consider Wales to be a region – presumably of England and Wales – not a country. That puts the Wales Green Party to the right of most political parties in the UK, including UKIP.
Secondly, it indicates that they couldn’t give a monkeys about the Welsh language. In fact, their interest in the Welsh language is clearly displayed for all to see. Just click on the ‘Cymraeg’ tab at the top of the Wales Green Party website to see just how much content is in Welsh. To save you the trouble, I can tell you. The entire ‘news’ section is in English. Then there’s one subtitled English language party political broadcast from the European elections, a 3-page manifesto for the 2014 European elections plus 2-page flyer, and a rather more comprehensive manifesto for the 2012 National Assembly elections.
Thirdly, that the Wales Green Party considers irrelevant all the time, effort and money that committed individuals across Wales expend on securing a thriving future for the language. That’s because it’s not one of the things “we really must get right”.
Fourth, that a ‘democracy that works for everyone’ clearly doesn’t include the Welsh language. Which begs the question: how can democracy work for everyone if non-English languages don’t form a part of it ‘for the future’?
Progressive? Left-leaning? If that’s the opinion of the Greens in Wales then you don’t need to know any more detail.
Of course, the Wales Green Party doesn’t exist as a separate entity from the EnglandAndWales entity. And you can imagine just how prominent Wales is in the eyes of the party top brass. Or you can see for yourselves by putting ‘Wales’ into the search engine on the website. Why search engine? Because Wales doesn’t feature anywhere on the home page, other than being described as a ‘sister party’. Which is bizarre, since the Green Party is the Green Party of England and Wales. How can a sister party be a miniscule sub-section of the same organisation? Now that gives a bad name to sorority!
This recent exchange on Twitter might clarify things:
According to the Wales Green Party, it is “as independent from the England and Wales Green Party as Wales is from England”. That would be “not independent at all”, then.
You might be confused by all this. Me too.
Until the Green Party can sort out its internal mess and get to grips with its colonial attitude to Wales it’s not going to pull many votes – or members – from the indigenous population. Its apparently 19th Century approach to the Welsh language is horrendously out of kilter with the polling that indicates, time after time, that the people of Wales – bilingual or not – are hugely supportive of it.
So for the sake of completeness, if you’re a progressive left-leaning voter there really is just one party in it.