OK, so at least the great debate about how we have a great debate has been settled at last – but I still have one great big burning question about the whole thing. What exactly are the Welsh Nationalists being included?
Now, I can understand why the Conservatives, Labour, the Lib Dems, UKIP and the Greens are being included because they are nation wide parties – and by ‘nation’ I mean the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to give it its full and correct title. I might even be forced to include the SNP at a pinch even thought they fail the first criterion because after they have devastated the Labour vote in Scotland they just might be a major part of Westminster and propping up any semblance of government we have after May. Only maybe, mind you…
But Plaid Cymru? FFS! This is a party that finished in fourth place in the European elections in Wales. Not in the UK, in WALES! Even their our people didn’t vote for them and let’s remember that the Euros were held un proportional representation.
This is a principality – not a country, but a principality – that opted not for a full parliament but for a fudged assembly. This is party that insists on having interpreters in its assembly to translate everything into a dead language, Welsh, even though every single person present speaks perfect English. This is a party that has nothing meaningful to offer, has no chance whatsoever of ever holding the balance of power, has a massive inferiority complex and chip on its shoulder, has limited control over policy even in Wales, and is unlikely to ever get a majority in Wales, let alone in the UK as a whole.
So why the fuck are they taking place in a seven way debate? UK debates should be limited to UK wide parties. The Scots should have a separate debate. The Welsh should have a separate debate. The Northern Irish are having a separate debate. In fact the only part of the UK not having a separate debate is England.
The Ulstermen threatened a legal challenge for exclusion in the debate. In my view, if the Welsh are included then they are quite right. If you’re going to let these nonentities in, then you should let all the nonentities in.