Labour’s Lack of ideas Shines Through Again

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Labour’s Programme for Government is lacking in detail and falls short of expectation, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has said.

The Plaid Cymru leader noted her disappointment that the document failed to detail how it intends to deliver on its aims.

She also said that many of the policies included in the Programme for Government were ones that Plaid Cymru had driven through in its one vote agreement with the government.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:

“We were led to believe that the Labour government was unveiling a ‘five year plan to take Wales forward’ today and as such I had hoped to learn in greater detail how the government will do that. As was the case with previous Programmes for Government, we are offered an exhaustive list of objectives and priorities, but little detail as to how they would be achieved.

“Who would not want to enable the people in Wales to “live healthy and fulfilled lives,” for them to live in a “more prosperous, healthy and united” country or to build a Wales that is “more confident, more equal, better skilled and more resilient?” The question is after seventeen years of a Labour-led government why are we not yet prosperous, healthy, equal or even united?

“The little detail that has been included in the Programme can be recognised as some of Plaid Cymru’s policies agreed during the post-election one-off Compact with the government. A new drugs and treatments fund, a Welsh Development Bank, a National Infrastructure Commission for Wales, more free childcare for three and four year olds, and additional high-quality apprenticeships – are all matters we agreed as part of the ‘Compact to Move Wales Forward’.

“Beyond this, the document gives us little detail of what the government intends to do or how it intends to do what it says it wants. People in Wales do not look to their government to reiterate the many challenges that they face describe the problems we face. What they expect from their government is leadership and answers.

“What we want is more detail. We want to know more about the ‘how’, not just the ‘what’.”

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