Dafydd Elis-Thomas should join Labour – Kevin

CLLR KEVIN MADGE:

CLLR KEVIN MADGE: "Plaid are fighting like two cats in a bag."

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FORMER Plaid leader Dafydd Elis-Thomas should cross the floor of the Senedd and join the ranks of Welsh Labour, according to Carmarthenshire County Council Leader Kevin Madge.

Labour's leader at County Hall claims Plaid's top brass are "fighting like two cats in a bag" after a turbulent week which saw Lord Elis-Thomas lose his Assembly committee chairmanship and party portfolio responsibilities after he was critical of leader Leanne Wood’s speech during the party’s spring conference.

Lord Elis-Thomas said in the aftermath of Ms Wood's speech that equating a vote for Ukip as a “vote against Wales” was “facile”.

Ms Wood said she had moved to discipline Lord Elis-Thomas after he “publicly opposed” her position “without raising any concerns in advance”.

Saying he strongly supported Lord Elis-Thomas, Cllr Madge accused the Plaid leader of being "out of touch". He added: "We live in an open society where people hold a lot of different views.

"Plaid seem hell-bent on attacking each other like a couple of cats in a bag. Now they're even attacking their former leader. and people are getting fed up with it.

"I believe that Lord Elis-Thomas should join the Labour party in Cardiff Bay – what has happened this week may persuade him to do so." Were Lord Elis-Thomas to defect, it would give Welsh Labour a majority of one.

Cllr Madge claimed that Plaid's sole MEP, Jill Evans, was "odds-on" to lose her seat at the European elections in May and again claimed the party were "scared stiff" of Calum Higgins, Labour's Parliamentary candidate for Carmarthenshire East and Dinefwr.

"Calum has an excellent chance of winning the seat – one of my great ambitions is to see this seat recaptured by Labour after we lost it in 2001," he said. "What we're hearing from the public suggests to me Plaid are going to lose."

However, MP Jonathan Edwards said he fully supported Ms Wood's assertion that Ukip would never stand up for Welsh interests.

"There's a choice of two futures: the narrow, isolated, little England future of Ukip or our vision of a worldwide-looking, modern Wales," he added.

"Lord Elis-Thomas is a hugely inspirational figure who has made a huge contribution to both the party and Wales over the past 40 years – he would be completely undermining that legacy by joining the Labour party."

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4:25pm Fri 14 Mar 14

Max Blunt says...

Fact is the Labour party are London centric, do not be fooled by these trickster redtories.
Fact is the Labour party are London centric, do not be fooled by these trickster redtories. Max Blunt
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10:33am Sat 15 Mar 14

Meirion says...

I often ask myself, what would these politicians be doing if they were not politicians. Also, why are these politicians that are throwing their toys out of their prams and flicking peas at each other having so much oxygen in this paper?
Is there not more worthy things to report.
This is not a supplement to the Carmarthenshire rag surely!
I often ask myself, what would these politicians be doing if they were not politicians. Also, why are these politicians that are throwing their toys out of their prams and flicking peas at each other having so much oxygen in this paper? Is there not more worthy things to report. This is not a supplement to the Carmarthenshire rag surely! Meirion
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5:17pm Sat 15 Mar 14

HeolYGat says...

The only thing Kevin Madge and Dafydd Elis Thomas have in common is the amount of time they've spent as elected representatives. Kevin Madge is on another planet if he thinks he has the credibility to even associate himself with Dafydd Elis Thomas.

Saying that, he must be on another planet if he thinks young Higgins has a chance here. Mr Madge himself has seen to that with the unlawful payments to the chief executive.
The only thing Kevin Madge and Dafydd Elis Thomas have in common is the amount of time they've spent as elected representatives. Kevin Madge is on another planet if he thinks he has the credibility to even associate himself with Dafydd Elis Thomas. Saying that, he must be on another planet if he thinks young Higgins has a chance here. Mr Madge himself has seen to that with the unlawful payments to the chief executive. HeolYGat
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10:40am Sun 16 Mar 14

Meirion says...

The culpability of where we are today lies with every Councilor entering that chamber on jail hill. Why have they allowed Carmarthenshire to degenerate to this low level.
The answer lies in the pea flicking blame game as we see rolling on here.
It is disgraceful that the common man is forced to pay taxes for those that draw money from the public purse under false pretenses to enjoy such willful blindness rather than follow their public duty as per the seven principles of public life.
The culpability of where we are today lies with every Councilor entering that chamber on jail hill. Why have they allowed Carmarthenshire to degenerate to this low level. The answer lies in the pea flicking blame game as we see rolling on here. It is disgraceful that the common man is forced to pay taxes for those that draw money from the public purse under false pretenses to enjoy such willful blindness rather than follow their public duty as per the seven principles of public life. Meirion
  • Score: 2

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