May 3rd sees the third time for elections to the National Assembly for Wales. In stark contrast to the notion that since the inception of the Assembly in 1999 it is becoming an increasingly confident, capably lead nation the letter boxes of people across Wales will again be crammed with election addresses from all parties eager to highlight the deficiencies of a tired and complacent Labour Assembly Government. There is nothing unfamiliar with this scenario – insults and counter insults dressed up as policies stain every election; what sets the Welsh Conservatives apart is the agenda for real change that we offer this May.
Our recently launched manifesto is without question the most radical, ambitious and comprehensive platform for government the party has ever produced in Wales, contrasting greatly with the output of our political rivals. Tony Blair looked exhausted at Labour’s conference in Llandudno, his energy levels presumably further sapped by his Welsh colleague’s producing only tired, re-packaged versions of the policies that have, for the most part, failed to deliver for Wales. Plaid Cymru meanwhile approach the elections eager to publicise jut how buoyant they are despite having lost seats at every national election since 1999 - perhaps hoping their enthusiasm will distract voters and the media from the deep divisions that exist within their party over its future direction and a failure to coherently outline their real goal of separation.