Election 2017: Plaid Standing Strong

The second part of our analysis on the 2017 General Election. Please see post text before complaining about bias.

So a lot of you may not be aware of what Plaid Cymru stands for, how they do in elections or why you’ve never seen them before, but bare with me.

Plaid Cymru are the basically the Welsh SNP, but less popular. They share a lot of common left-wing politics with Labour and the SNP, but pursue Welsh Independence. Recently, their success has been a viable interpretation of the appetite for independence in Wales. Out of 40 Welsh MP’s returned to the commons, Plaid’s record is 4, and they equalled that record this Election after snatching Ceredigion from the Lib Dems.

You might be wondering why this is an important result. At a time of complete and total uncertainty, it’s essential that Wales has a team of ‘strong and stable’ Plaid MP’s that will stand up and fight to protect Welsh Interests. For too long has Wales been put to the side of UK politics, been taken for granted by Labour as a guaranteed seat keeper, but this election heralds a change in the Status Quo. Now, I understand that Plaid’s vote share actually decreased around 2% since the last election, but there’s a reasonable explanation for this. Tactical Voting definitely came into play this Election, with millions of voters rejecting Theresa May’s power grab by teaming up to kick the Tories out. This might not have worked how it should have, but it explains why the third party vote was down on 2015.

Nevertheless, I know Plaid will continue to stand strong in the face of austerity and fight to keep Wales prominent in the upcoming Brexit talks and secure equal funding lost from the Brexit process. In terms of the future, I hope Leanne Wood stays, she is an excellent leader who shows her commitment to Wales, and she has taken the Party in the right direction, allowing the traditional Labour Voters a viable alternative to fight for Wales on the National level.

Plaid Cymru FTW

Plaid’s Promise

Cymru am Byth

Archbishop of Banterbury, MG

 

Please note: All opinions are my own and do not reflect those of other admins, or politicalbantersite as a whole. Your vote is your choice, you can support who you want, don’t let a small blog influence you in any way, this is just a piece of analysis on what this election means for Plaid.

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Results 2017: The Fall of UKIP?

The first in a series of analytical pieces on the 2017 General Election.

Many political commentators predicted the demise of the UK Independence Party during the most recent election campaign, but few understood the extent to which this inevitable drop would go. UKIP lost nearly 11% of their national vote in 2017, and the country is better of for it. This ‘party’ was a one trick pony, always drawing political debate back to the EU and Immigration, and were a representation of everything wrong with modern politics. Don’t get me wrong, vote for who you want, but vote for a party that actually has more than one policy and wont die out from one election. People abandoned UKIP like we knew they inevitably would, (yes you could argue the FPTP voting system should take some blame here), they were never a serious political option for anyone who actually took politics seriously.

So can we just agree that UKIP are no longer a viable political option, can we proclaim the death of UKIP, can we move on from a politics of hate and lies…. No, no we can’t. Even with no MP’s, no leader, few council seats and their support in tatters, they will rise again, *sigh*. If Theresa May doesn’t Brexit properly (what does that even mean?), if voters become disillusioned once more, or if we abandon common sense and vote them into a 100 seat majority for the lolz, we will see a return to UKIP.

And for heavens sake, we’ve just opened the door for Nigel Flipping Farage to come back into British Politics, could this election have gone any worse.  But for now at least, it’s safe to say we won’t have to take them too seriously for a while.

 

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No more UKIP

The Archbishop of Banterbury, MG

 

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General Election 2017: Your right to vote! Don’t waste it.

With just about 12 hours left until the polls open, I can’t stress enough the importance of using your right to vote. There is no wasted vote, every single vote counts! If you don’t vote you don’t get to complain about the outcome!

No matter who you want to vote for, be it Labour, Plaid Cymru, the SNP, Conservatives, Greens, or even UKIP (I mean really tho?), please go out and use your hard earned right to vote!! We will publish the results on ‘politicalbantersite’ as soon as they become available.

TH-girns-at-DMir

Strong and Stable?

Archbishop of Banterbury, MG

 

When will this end?!

Obama has said, in a conference meeting in Washington today, that nearly 10,000 troops will remain in Afghanistan despite his promise to end this war over his watch.

It is believed that the troops will provide assistance, to the Afghan government, with fighting back the resurgent Taliban.  Obama said that while Afghan forces have made progress, the security situation in the country remains fragile.

But when will the Afghan government be strong enough to keep the Taliban- or any other terrorist groups- at bay?

How long will troops have to remain in Afghanistan?

I think that many years will pass before that region of the world is in peace. Therefore, I don’t think that Obama will be able to keep his promise of ending this endless war.

Banterlicious, MTM