Plaid Cymru leader snubs ‘neo-liberal’ SNP to speak at Radical Independence Scotland rally

The leader of Plaid Cymru has snubbed the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) by deciding to speak at a rally organised by a group that is openly critical of SNP policies.

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The leader of Plaid Cymru has snubbed the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) by deciding to speak at a rally organised by a group that is openly critical of SNP policies.

Leanne Wood’s visit to Scotland yesterday evening will have raised the eyebrows of many Scottish nationalists in Plaid Cymru’s sister party, after she decided to speak at a rally organised by Radical Independence Scotland (RIC), who have publicly called for Scottish nationalists to oppose the SNP at future elections.

The group also describe the SNP’s economic policy as ‘neo-liberal’ and based on Margaret Thatcher’s model of ‘trickledown, free market economics’.

Wood’s speech was on the transformative power of an independent Scotland in terms of social justice. However RIC have previously criticised the SNP for seeking to distance themselves from the idea that independence could be a vehicle for a fundamental shake up in the social, economic and geopolitical system’.

RIC have also criticised the SNP’s independence referendum campaign for ‘tending to be on the backfoot’, lamenting the SNP-led Yes Scotland for campaigning in ‘quite a vague, limp sort of way which didn’t emphasise key issues’.

The pro-independence RIC also back Alistair Darling and Better Together claims that the Swinney Report was a ‘hammer blow to the SNP’ and was ‘damaging’ to the Yes campaign.

The greatest criticism, however, is reserved for the SNP’s plans for the Scottish economy. Describing the SNP’s economic discussion paper as ‘frustrating’, RIC slam them for failing to think boldly about Scotland’s economic future and remaining ‘defensive about out [economic] prospects’.

While much of the SNP’s claims about the economic stability of an independent Scotland are based on revenues from North Sea Oil, fellow nationalists are less optimistic. RIC states:

“One thing we know with certainty about the future price of oil is that we don’t know what it will be.” That assertions from the SNP that “independence will coincide with a North Sea Oil ‘boom’ which will enable Scotland to be significantly better off should be taken with a large pinch of salt.” And that SNP claims on future oil prices is nothing more than “attempting to predict the unpredictable”.

Slamming the SNP for their ‘centralising tendencies’, RIC state they would ‘would rather have a Panda than a President’ in an independent Scotlan

Responding to Wood’s decision to distance herself from the SNP-led Yes Scotland campaign, Welsh Labour’s Ann Jones AM, said:

“The Radical Independence Campaign, are vehemently opposed to Plaid Cymru’s sister party, the SNP – accusing them of following Thatcherite economic policy and undermining their arguments on the economy, currency and North Sea oil.

“Many in the SNP will be asking themselves why Leanne Wood is standing next to an organisation that is actively encouraging people not to vote for them at the next Scottish Parliament elections.

“Leanne Wood needs to make clear whether she agrees with RICs criticisms of the SNP and is making principled stand, or whether this was a huge political gaffe. Not least we need to understand what the new Plaid position on the currency union is – do they want separate currencies for Scotland, and Wales?”

14 Responses to “Plaid Cymru leader snubs ‘neo-liberal’ SNP to speak at Radical Independence Scotland rally”

  1. Paddy Daley

    What did Leanne say in her speech when she got there? You never know it might be interesting. http://t.co/d9w97Uq6la

  2. PlaidCymruPartiBach

    Oops…. “RIC have previously criticised the SNP for seeking to ‘distance themselves from the idea that independence could be a vehicle for a fundamental shake up in the social, economic and geopolitical system’.”

  3. TN

    Coming from the same blog that talks up capitalism (just look at the article below), now using it to bash the SNP with. Suggests not only where LFF stands on Scottish independence but quite contrarian too.

  4. glynbeddau

    I doubt that the Blue Labour apparatchiks at LFF are even interested in Social Justice .
    But lets ask the question . What would they prefer an independent Scotland dny a Left leaning party or remain as part of a UK under the current coalition or Labour who will continue attack on the poor and disposed.

    If you want to put a Left Foot Forward then back those who support the campaign for Social Justice.

  5. Paddy Daley

    It’s ok to talk to people who disagree with you or your friends.

  6. robertcp

    I am not s supporter of Plaid or Scottish independence but this is a non-story. She spoke to a rally that supports independence! Do we know if the SNP thinks it has been snubbed?

  7. robertcp

    The comments by the Labour AM are just partisan claptrap!

  8. RolftheGanger

    Just more “divide and conquer” nonsense from the Red/Blue Unionist imperialists.

    Ask the SNP, but plenty of evidence to the contrary, because:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/scotland-should-show-solidarity-wales-3896988

    “An independent Scotland would be “a beacon of social justice” to counter the “spiteful right-wing rule” of the UK Government, the Welsh nationalist leader will say in a speech for the Radical Independence group in Glasgow today.

    Ms Wood is expected to say: “Devolution has started to address the political imbalance of the UK, but without the economic levers that come with being independent, there will always be a limit to our ability to deliver just prosperity and social justice.

    “We can point to Scotland already as an example in terms of the different way they have prioritised public health and free education.

    “Scotland gives us in Wales and our progressive friends in England opportunities to point to demonstrable examples of an alternative to neo-liberalism and the politics of austerity”

    The last two sentences endorse the SNP Government and its policies.

    “Just imagine what we could point to if Scotland emerges as an independent country” Leanne Wood, same article.

  9. mike davies

    Left Foot Forward criticising left winger for talking to left wingers…
    Funny snub given that Leanne Wood yesterday met with SNP ministers John Swinney and Nicola Sturgeon as part of her visit.
    Ann Jones AM is a joke in Rhyl, which she has misrepresented for 15 years without much evidence of progress. Is that the best you can do?

  10. TN

    LFF criticises plenty of left wing views that doesn’t fit into its own narrative. Usually “hard left” being one of them (though they have no problem bashing UKIP on the side of the political spectrum as they don’t fit into their metro pro-EU narrative). It seems to comes off as a glorified New Labour blog at times.

  11. keaton

    It’s quite impressive that, after all this time, LFF still don’t know what “SNP” stands for.

  12. Paddy Daley

    Here’s a pic of Leanne snubbing some SNP women.

    http://t.co/JCYB4Ck4O3

  13. Dave Ballard

    We know oil is declining, since 1999 and the jolly fm has
    been lying about its wealth ten time over.

  14. Guest

    So stand against the SNP? Quite.

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