A victory for Welsh Labour — but what about the others?

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Plaid Cymru

Things are not going to change for Plaid until they accept an unpalatable truth about the last twenty years. Welsh Labour don’t keep getting lucky — they keep making the right choices. Plaid Cymru don’t keep having bad luck — they keep making the wrong choices and talking about the wrong things. They simply don’t reflect back to the nation a version of Wales that most Welsh people recognise. Ambition and aspiration are great qualities, but they need to be anchored in the daily reality of Welsh life. A first bold step to show they get it would be to adopt Angus Robertson’s recommendation to rename themselves the New Wales Party. The post-election statements so far have not been promising.

Welsh Conservatives

Natasha Asghar — screenshot of BBC Wales news coverage

I think they will long lament losing gifted politicians (and the supporters they attracted) like Suzy Davies, Angela Burns and David Melding in the race to shore up the Abolish/UKIP vote. In the final analysis it seems that vote did not rush to them in numbers enough to make a transformative difference, or make that sacrifice worthwhile. They now face five long years where they (and we) will feel the absence of that skill, experience and intellect in the Senedd. That said the addition of Peter Fox, the long-time Monmouth leader, is a boon for them. He’s a pragmatic politician interested in getting things done. The new younger intake will give some freshness to the group — and the election of Natasha Asghar as the first woman of colour in the Senedd is an historic moment worthy of celebration across the country.

Welsh Liberal Democrats

This will all be second order stuff at the moment for the Welsh Liberal Democrat leader. Her priority in setting up her office and setting out her stall, will be to utilise this foothold to bring her party back from the brink. This result was one bright spot in an otherwise torrid election which saw previous strongholds swamped by the Tories. The Liberals really need to consider if they’ve got the reach and resource to be a truly national party for the foreseeable future — a policy platform and organisational rethink that digs back into the cities, ward by ward, might be their best bet.

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Matt Greenough

Former Chief Special Adviser and Speechwriter to the First Minister of Wales. Now run Words Matter, a communications consultancy - https://WordsMatter.uk