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Wales voters' panel: John Thorne

John Thorne
Name: John Thorne
Age: 58
Lives: Neath
Works: Administration officer
Current voting intention: Plaid Cymru
In 10 words or less:
"Left-leaning, pro-European"
I find that Labour is too broad a church for me.

Claiming to reconcile the views of Llew Smith and Peter Hain within a party is to my mind ridiculous, and I can't recall a single Labour MP resigning the whip over Blair's Iraqi debacle.

The Conservatives of course remain unelectable, even in England, because of the dreadful Thatcherite legacy.

They will poll their core vote, it's just depressing that they still have one.

I empathise with some Lib Dem views, most particularly the PR argument.

But frankly, in Wales, Plaid do a better job of forwarding the radical agenda as they are an acceptable alternative in Labour heartlands.


Plaid Cymru suffers from London media exclusion, as does Wales itself of course.

While I am a little disappointed with their visibility as the assembly opposition, I realise that much day to day work remains unreported.

I want a specifically Welsh agenda to address the fact that we are Western Europe's poorest nation and I want to avoid careerists like the plague.

For both these reasons I will probably continue to vote Plaid Cymru.

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