6 comments on “Link: Plaid Leader Leanne Wood discusses election result in Ynys Môn (Anglesey)

  1. The significance on this vote is partly to emphasise the continued “One Nation” appeal of Plaid in rural areas, even with a more left wing leader, and a commitment to independence. Interesting.

  2. Jim Monaghan on said:

    Who are the independents. I read somewhere that it is sometimes a flag of convenience for Tories. I hasten to say I just don’t know in this case

  3. Jota on said:

    Good to see socialists like Ioan Bellin emerging as the next generation of Plaid leaders.

  4. Jim Monaghan: Who are the independents.


    It is an island, where everyone knows one another; it has a very particular local culture, where as I understand it independents are elected often due to their local standing.

    The whole council ended up being taken over by central government due to break down of the system – hence the only election outside England

  5. John Grimshaw on said:

    #4 A bit like the fabled Hyperborea? 🙂

    “Never the Muse is absent from their ways:
    lyres clash and flutes cry and everywhere maiden choruses whirling.
    Neither disease nor bitter old age is mixed in their sacred blood;
    far from labor and battle they live.”

    Pindar, Tenth Pythian Ode; translated by Richmond Lattimore.

  6. John Grimshaw,

    closer to home than that: from Tacitus

    On the beach stood the adverse array, a serried mass of arms and men, with women flitting between the ranks. In the style of Furies, in robes of deathly black and with dishevelled hair, they brandished their torches; while a circle of Druids, lifting their hands to heaven and showering imprecations, struck the troops with such an awe at the extraordinary spectacle that, as though their limbs were paralysed, they exposed their bodies to wounds without an attempt at movement. Then, reassured by their general, and inciting each other never to flinch before a band of females and fanatics, they charged behind the standards, cut down all who met them, and enveloped the enemy in his own flames.