“Wales can take control over economy, or watch continued decline”
Leanne Wood will issue a challenge to anti-austerity campaigners at a meeting of The People’s Assembly in Pontypridd tonight. Speaking a year ahead of the Scottish Independence referendum, she will say that Wales has an opportunity to plough its own furrow and develop an alternative to austerity.
The Party of Wales leader, Leanne Wood, will say:
“The system is broken and we have two choices.
“Try to fix it, or accept that it is broken beyond repair and start again.
“I’d say let’s start again, on a different basis, on new values.
“The Welsh way.
“We have an opportunity to create, from new, a system which puts people at its heart, and that is an opportunity too good to miss.”
She will go on to say:
“Another term of deep austerity will be too much for too many people in Wales. Our Assembly can be the shield to protect people from these cuts, but it needs to be empowered to do that.
“We need tax raising powers now to provide a direct incentive to the Welsh Government to create jobs. Tax powers would also unlock borrowing powers.
“Ploughing more of our furrow is the only realistic chance we have as far as I can see of tackling the vast inequalities in wealth which are the cause of so much unhappiness and distress, and Plaid Cymru has consistently made the case for that to happen.
“We want to build a better Wales, one that is based on fairness and responsibility. These are solid foundations for an achievable alternative to austerity.”
Read the full speech on The Slate blog.