Monday, 18 February 2008

La Laborista Partio kaj la Kimralingvo icWales:

Labour has to lance the boil of its “anti-Welsh” attitude if it wants to win in rural Wales and form a majority Assembly administration in 2011, two of its senior figures have admitted.

The comments, from Cabinet Minister Carwyn Jones – a likely contender for the leadership next year – and Euro-MP Eluned Morgan, come as Labour tries to address its waning support west of the rivers Loughor and Clwyd.

Labour lost Llanelli and Aberconwy to Plaid Cymru and Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire to the Conservatives in last May’s Assembly elections, forcing it into a coalition deal with Plaid Cymru...

...She added, “Every time someone in the party attacks the [Welsh] language, it does damage in the west.

“They have to take the blame, to an extent, for keeping us in a situation where we need a coalition.”

Mr Jones said, “What we have to realise is that we are considered in some parts of Wales not non-Welsh but anti-Welsh, and a substantial part of the electorate aren’t going to vote for us.
“We are to blame, in a way. We have allowed Plaid Cymru to say they are the only party of Welsh [speaking] Wales.

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