Welsh Assembly Election 2016: 06/04/16 Party Election Broadcasts: Plaid Cymru


Welsh Assembly Election 2016: 06/04/16

A party election broadcast by Plaid Cymru for the Welsh Assembly election on May 5.


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My grandfather was a politician,

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very involved in traditional Labour values and politics

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in the valleys of South Wales, so that dominated my upbringing.

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He opened the library and the library is where I did my study,

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the library is where my mother worked,

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the library is where I got my education.

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You know, the famous song of The Manic Street Preachers,

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"Libraries gave us power". You know, it was seen as something,

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that knowledge, together with the exercise of political choices,

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would together give power

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and I think that's still true for politics now.

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We have a unique set of circumstances here.

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We're a bilingual nation, we have a great interest in culture

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and the wider sense of self-improvement and education.

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Ready? Do it together. Ready?

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Un, dau, tri, pedwar...

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Every time we invest in a young person in Wales,

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we're making a statement that says we believe in the future,

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we believe that things can get better

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and we believe that if we give people the skills and the energy

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and the ideas and the knowledge,

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they can shape the future for themselves

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and be part of shaping our own future then, as a nation.

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I lost my mother a few months before the opportunity arose

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to go into politics and she'd always worked very, very hard

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for community and for Wales.

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So losing her made me realise

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that the time to talk,

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the time to think,

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had to come to an end and that it

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had become a time to take action.

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When you lose somebody close to you,

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that makes you see the world in a different way.

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Now, we've had a look at what we've put together with

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Welsh businesses...

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'We need to help small businesses,

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'through cutting their business rates.'

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It's confident, it's ambitious...

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'We need to invest more public money with Welsh companies,

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'give more contracts to Welsh companies.

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'These are some of the ideas that can'

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form the start of a new chapter in Wales's economic history.

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Change that culture within Wales, bring that confidence back,

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bring that joint ambition back,

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that we can go places if we put our minds to it.

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I remember being concerned about political issues

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when I was quite young.

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My grandmother in particular was a very strong character

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and she'd experienced quite severe difficulties growing up

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in the 1930s,

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and she was also quite moral.

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She wouldn't be fazed or persuaded to do something

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that she didn't want to do.

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It certainly helped shape a lot of my early thinking, politically.

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Well, when they first done the first procedure, we didn't know

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and we were told initially that everything's fine...

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We've put together a programme which tries to tackle

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some of the problems that we have within our health system.

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Our contract for cancer will give a diagnosis or the all-clear

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within 28 days, and that will make a big difference

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to many people for whom cancer is a big problem.

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We're going to end the postcode lottery in new treatments and

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diseases and we're going to end the anomalies between

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health and social care, where people have to pay for some elements

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of social care, where they get other aspects for free.

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These are some of the challenges that we face in the health service

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that can be put right with a Plaid Cymru government.

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There's nothing inevitable about the next government.

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It's in people's hands, and it's in people's control.

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If people want to do something differently now,

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they have an opportunity to do so.

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