Saturday 7 April 2007

Wales Green Party - Pro independence?

From Sanddef Rhyferys' Blog, original story from our Welsh language sister blog:

In a reply to my facebook pal Hedd Gwynfor, Plaid Werdd - the Green Party, have affirmed that they support Welsh Independence, making them a nationalist alternative to Plaid Cymru.

Sounds good, but in reality the Greens have still some way to go. For a start, they don't seem to have realised that the assembly has moved to the new Senedd building; and secondly they have to learn that making a website bilingual doesn't mean just translating the titles and links into Welsh -the content has to be bilingual as well.

But I don't think Plaid Cymru will be losing any sleep. Now, if there was a centre right Welsh nationalist party, then that might tempt some voters away (both from Plaid Cymru and the Welsh Tories), but such is not the case. And the Greens -whether we are talking about the Welsh Greens or the UK Greens- have a long, long, long way to go before they can even hope to approach the political quality of the German Greens, or produce a statesman of the same calliber as former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.

4 comments:

Indiehippie said...

The Welsh Greens are committed to a full Welsh Parliament, not an independent nation state. Read the manifesto.

hedd said...

The comments were made by Rhodri Griffiths who is standing for the Wales Green Party at the National Assembly elections. It isn't in the manifesto, as the Green party are obviously not going to push for independence during the next term of the Assembly. It is not in Plaid Cymru's maniffesto for this election either.

Do you support Welsh independence? The Scottish Green Party support independence for Scotland, and Welsh independence certainly fits in with the ethos of the Green party.

alanindyfed said...

There is no reason why the Green Party, or even the Liberal and Conservative parties in Wales should not push for independence. It does not have to be one party's prerogative. They may be persuaded or convinced to accept a move towards independence as it does not threaten their survival, but only the survival of the Union. If they could accept the breakup of the Union, and the formation of four nation-states within Europe, the aim of independence will be realised, and Plaid's mission accomplished.

Alan in Dyfed

Unknown said...

I cannot find any evidence of the Greens supporting Independence anywhere.

Can you please post your source?