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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Picking up the gauntlet

Adam Price MP thinks that the Welsh Liberal Democrats are irrelevant, yet despite that he has now blogged about us on two successive days.

He talks about a process of opposition to the abolition of the tuition fee grant that he and two Plaid Cymru AMs took part in, forgetting that they were operating within the government system. In such circumstances it is not easy for an opposition party to join in that process unless we are invited to do so. There was no such invite.

Nevertheless, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are the only party opposing this policy in the Assembly and continue to do so. Adam should not dismiss the efficacy of our efforts so easily, there is still some time before a final vote is taken.

The purpose of this post is not to reply to Adam Price however, I would not want to bolster his sense of self-importance, it is to highlight a new initiative in the campaign to protect students from the damage that Labour and Plaid Cymru are determined to visit upon them.

Adam effectively invites the Welsh Liberal Democrats to join with him and other dissidents in this cause. It is a call for insurrection within his own party but that is not a matter for us. Now Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader, Kirsty Williams has picked up his gauntlet and asked Adam to contact her to put together a cross-party campaign. I am told that the phones in her office are staffed and ready.
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