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'Power first' politics.

SIR - Plaid Cymru is leading the agenda as we run up to the National Assembly elections.

All the London-based parties seem to be obsessed with different forms of coalitions after the election, which says everything we need to know about their 'power first' approach to politics.

Labour in particular, which has run the Assembly for the past eight years, seems to be falling apart at the seams, with senior AMs in revolt about the lack of leadership and vision of their own party.

Plaid Cymru has announced the most exciting and innovative policies to date - pounds 5k to help first-time buyers get on the housing market; laptops for schoolchildren to help create the most IT-literate workforce needed to compete in the knowledge economy; affordable childcare to help tackle child poverty and allow young parents to re-enter the workforce; plans to help reduce student debt to reverse the brain drain;, and a new national citizens service to help build community cohesion and tackle anti-social behaviour.

While the London parties offer more of the same, Plaid is showing it has the policies to help create a modern and successful Wales. BRIAN J HANCOCK Plaid Assembly Candidate for Newport West Constituency, Clyde Street, Pontymister, Risca, Gwent
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 18, 2007
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