Irrespective of the issue involved, yesterday’s discussion was an uplifting and refreshing experience and showed that the county council is capable of sharing a common vision and sound leadership. It gave us a glimpse of what could be achieved if all three political groups worked together as a coalition. Unfortunately, the destructive system which gives all the power to the Labour-Independent group while denying formal input from Plaid Cymru (the largest group on the council) often results in us being at each others throats in Full Council meetings. While accepting the need for robust internal political scrutiny, it means that the experience and expertise of Plaid members go to waste. In this rare example of pooling cross-party talent through the Welsh Language Census Working Group, Cefin Cambell’s professional expertise in the linguistic field proved priceless. Yesterday’s event also showed that the Welsh language can be an issue which unites people of goodwill, whichever language(s) they speak and irrespective of party politics.
Cllr Alun Lenny