In his regular blog for Caerphilly Observer, Caerphilly’s Labour MP Wayne David talks about the upcoming Assembly elections in May.
The Welsh Assembly Election campaign is certainly beginning to hot-up. I have been going around talking to people and knocking doors in earnest over the past couple of days and I have to say the feedback I am receiving for Jeff Cuthbert and Labour is very positive.
Two things however have loomed large during the past few days. The first is a ‘document’ on Voter Identification for Plaid Cymru activists which has ‘dropped on to my desk’. The document is fascinating and quite shocking.
There is no doubt about its authenticity and it provides Plaid Cymru activists with a step-by-step set of instructions of how to ‘identify’ Plaid support on the doorsteps.
The advice begins with a bizarre recommendation about how activists should greet voters. It then goes on to say that Party members should take up issues and how Plaid will reply so that the impression is that it is a ‘personal reply’ from Ron.
The next advice is given on how to help members of the public, who are likely to vote for Plaid, fill in application forms for Postal Votes – advice which is contrary to the guidance given by the Electoral Commission and the Local Authority and a practise which is ‘questionable’ to say the least.
The most outrageous part of the ‘advice’ is at the very end where it compares Ron Davies to Jeff Cuthbert. The absurd comparison of a thoroughbred and a carthorse beggars belief. The scurrilous attack on Jeff Cuthbert speaks volumes about the desperation of Plaid who must fear coming third in Caerphilly, behind Labour and the Tories.
The second development relates to local businessman Clayton Jones. Mr Jones is a prominent supporter of Plaid Cymru who has an unfortunate reputation throughout South Wales. Now Mr Jones has been fined £10,000 and lost one of his bus operating licences because of the poor quality of his bus services.
All the more surprising (or perhaps it’s not that surprising) that Ron is prepared to be associated with him and even held his launch party at the club in Trethomas owned by Mr Jones.
Given the poor response that ‘man of principal’, three parties Ron, is getting on the door step, I would have thought that the last thing that he would wanted to have done is cosy up to Clayton Jones. But as they say, birds of a feather….
Labour MP for Caerphilly
Response from Plaid Cymru
A Plaid Cymru spokesperson said: “The people of Caerphilly have been let down by Labour on the economy, health and education. That failure should not be rewarded. On May 5 with Plaid Cymru and Ron Davies they have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who is ambitious for a better Caerphilly and a better Wales.”