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My grandfather was a politician,
very involved in traditional Labour values and politics
in the valleys of South Wales, so that dominated my upbringing.
He opened the library and the library is where I did my study,
the library is where my mother worked,
the library is where I got my education.
You know, the famous song of The Manic Street Preachers,
"Libraries gave us power". You know, it was seen as something,
that knowledge, together with the exercise of political choices,
would together give power
and I think that's still true for politics now.
We have a unique set of circumstances here.
We're a bilingual nation, we have a great interest in culture
and the wider sense of self-improvement and education.
Ready? Do it together. Ready?
Un, dau, tri, pedwar...
Every time we invest in a young person in Wales,
we're making a statement that says we believe in the future,
we believe that things can get better
and we believe that if we give people the skills and the energy
and the ideas and the knowledge,
they can shape the future for themselves
and be part of shaping our own future then, as a nation.
I lost my mother a few months before the opportunity arose
to go into politics and she'd always worked very, very hard
for community and for Wales.
So losing her made me realise
that the time to talk,
the time to think,
had to come to an end and that it
had become a time to take action.
When you lose somebody close to you,
that makes you see the world in a different way.
Now, we've had a look at what we've put together with
'We need to help small businesses,
'through cutting their business rates.'
It's confident, it's ambitious...
'We need to invest more public money with Welsh companies,
'give more contracts to Welsh companies.
'These are some of the ideas that can'
form the start of a new chapter in Wales's economic history.
Change that culture within Wales, bring that confidence back,
bring that joint ambition back,
that we can go places if we put our minds to it.
I remember being concerned about political issues
when I was quite young.
My grandmother in particular was a very strong character
and she'd experienced quite severe difficulties growing up
in the 1930s,
and she was also quite moral.
She wouldn't be fazed or persuaded to do something
that she didn't want to do.
It certainly helped shape a lot of my early thinking, politically.
Well, when they first done the first procedure, we didn't know
and we were told initially that everything's fine...
We've put together a programme which tries to tackle
some of the problems that we have within our health system.
Our contract for cancer will give a diagnosis or the all-clear
within 28 days, and that will make a big difference
to many people for whom cancer is a big problem.
We're going to end the postcode lottery in new treatments and
diseases and we're going to end the anomalies between
health and social care, where people have to pay for some elements
of social care, where they get other aspects for free.
These are some of the challenges that we face in the health service
that can be put right with a Plaid Cymru government.
There's nothing inevitable about the next government.
It's in people's hands, and it's in people's control.
If people want to do something differently now,
they have an opportunity to do so.