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Leanne Wood, Bae watch (December 2014)

(December 03, 2014)

Bae Watch; with Leanne Wood

Leanne Wood

There has been widespread debate about future powers for Wales since the independence referendum in Scotland. This will continue as we head for the 2015 Westminster election.

What is clear is that whatever the outcome, Wales needs to build a democratic economy, one which is accountable to people and communities.

This will require legislation at a UK level to place a legal duty on the Westminster Government to promote a levelling-up of wealth per head, to spread prosperity rather than concentrating it in the hands of the few, mainly around the ‘square mile’ in London and the south-east of England.

Plaid Cymru’s democratic economy would mean that investment is channelled to areas and sectors in most need of growth, not to where wealth is already.

There is a need to move away from dependence on financial services, where the bankers continue to wreak havoc, but get away with it. Manufacturing must be strengthened so that high end, innovative products can be traded and exported across the globe.

Investment must not continue to be sucked into the London City State black hole but channelled to communities and business everywhere.

And our regeneration must be green, sustainable and people-centred. Our democratic economy needs to be built on three firm pillars with no one left behind or excluded. These are geographic fairness, fairness in conditions for workers, and fairness in the environment we create for indigenous businesses to flourish.

Plaid Cymru believes that every worker should receiving a living wage, currently set at £7.85 an hour to be introduced over the next five years– which would mean a pay rise for around 250,000 workers. A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. Surely it is not asking too much to give people enough to live on, not just survive. No one should be expected to work a 40-hour week and not be able to make the basic ends meet.

Rogue employers have been driving down local wages by exploiting migrant workers. We have already introduced legislation in Westminster to ensure that terms and conditions do not put the local workforce at a disadvantage in any way.

Plaid Cymru wants Wales to be a beacon of economic fairness and that also means HM Revenue & Customs taking legal action against those employers that abuse the National Minimum Wage system in Wales. It has been in existence for 15 years so there is really no excuse for any employer not knowing what they are required to pay by law– and if they flout the law they should be named and shamed as well as having to pay money owed to their employees.

The Westminster model of how we do politics and economics is broken and that has become more widely recognised after the Scottish referendum. The tired, old model of politics and economics in the UK cannot continue. People have had enough.

Wales under Plaid Cymru wants to see a level playing field, parity with Scotland for our people, so we can start to build our economy up, so our nation can stand on its own two feet.

In just a few months the people of Wales will have the opportunity to cast their vote in the UK General Election.

Commentators are increasingly talking of a hung Parliament with the SNP, The Greens and Plaid Cymru having a major say in the future government of the UK.

This election provides a fantastic opportunity for the voice of Wales to be heard loud and clear in London with a strong Plaid Cymru group of MPs.

Wales will only be strong and relevant with strong support for Plaid Cymru. If there is any doubt about that – look at Scotland. People have had enough of the austerity politics of the Conservative-led Coalition which has depressed living standards. It doesn’t have to be like this.

Plaid Cymru has got what it takes to transform Wales and it is vital we build a new government which works for Wales. With support from you, we can start that journey in May.

Leanne Wood,
Leader of Plaid Cymru and South Wales Central AM, December 2014

Also from Leanne Wood:
     Bae Watch; September 2014

     Bae Watch; June 2014

     Bae Watch; March 2014

     Bae Watch; December 2013

     Bae Watch; September 2013

     Bae Watch; June 2013
     Bae Watch; March 2013
     Bae Watch; December 2012
     Bae Watch; September 2012
     Bae Watch; June 2012
     Bae Watch; March 2012
     Bae Watch; December 2011
     Bae Watch; September 2011
     Bae Watch; June 2011

Leanne Wood's contact details:

     Facebook: Leanne Wood
     Twitter: @LeanneWood

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