Sunday, October 25, 2009

Eisteddfod Powys

Fush i'n Eisteddfod Powys ddoe, a wnesh i wir fwynhau. Dwi wir wrth fy modd gyda eisteddfodau - un o'r pethau sydd yn fy ngwneud i'n falch iawn o'r ffaith mod i'n Gymraes. Do'n i'm yno ar gyfer yr orymdaith yn y bore yn anffodus gan mod i'n siopa ar gyfer Nain felly welish i mo Glyn Davies na Mick Bates, ond fe fush i'n gwrando ar y cystadlu drwy'r dydd. Roedd y safon yn ffantastig, ac awyrgylch gret yno. A pawb mor glen a chroesawgar hefyd - wir teimlo'n rhan o'r gymdeithas ym Maldwyn erbyn hyn.

Yn anffodus, gafodd fy Ewythr Hywel, brawd Nain, ddim llwyfan yn y gystadleuaeth canu emyn er iddo ganu'n wych yn y rhagbrawf. Ond dyna ni. Chwaeth y beirniad ac ati!

Wnaeth yna nifer ddod fyny ata fi yn ystod yr egwyl rhwng y sesiwn prynhawn a nos i ddweud bod nhw'n cytuno hefo'r hyn roeddwn wedi ei ddweud am y BNP yn y County Times. Mae hynny'n sicr yn codi calon rhywun a ninnau mond chydig filltiroedd o dy Nick Griffin ar y pryd. Mae pawb ym Maldwyn dwi'n ei nabod yn ei gasau o a'i ddaliadau - a dwi'n hynod falch o hynny.

Felly eisteddfod wych mewn ardal sydd ddim mor Gymregaidd a hynny tua Trallwm. Prawf bod yr iaith dal yn fyw ac yn iach ym Maldwyn, hyd yn oed mewn ambell ardal annisgwyl. Hefyd yn galanogol o ran yr ymgyrch cael nifer o bobl yn dweud unwaith eto bydda nhw'n pleidlesio i Blaid Cymru am y tro cyntaf erioed yn yr etholiad nesaf, hyd yn oed ambell i Dori a Rhyddfrydwr rhonc! Calonogol iawn!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Last night's Question Time...

Well, did you watch? And if so, what did you make of it?

I had been in two minds over whether to tune in or not, but in the end, decided to go ahead and see what the idiot had to say. I honestly don't think the producers had any choice but to invite the BNP to participate after their success in the last European Election, but still, I did feel uncomfortable about it.

Whilst Griffin did come across as the despicable racist that he is, with his anti Islam, anti homosexuals and pro KU Klux Klan comments, I do not think the BBC handled it well. By turning it into a 'BNP special' they over sensationalised his presence, and made Griffin a focal point. I felt at times like I was watching a medieval trial, and I'd hate to think that the mob mentality displayed by the audience might incite some people to feel sorry for him. I think it would have been far more effective if the programme had followed its normal format. Griffin's view would still have become apparent - in fact, I think he'd possibly have been more extreme if he wasn't constantly on the defence.

What politicians need to do now is target those people who have supported by the BNP and persuade them through reasoned debate, policies and logic why theyir loyalties should be placed elsewhere. The BNP don't deserve support and other parties need to prove why that is the case. That's the challenge we're all facing when campaigning in the run up to the next general election, and with Nick Griffin living in Montgomeryshire, I'll definitely be working hard to prove why they don't deserve any kind of support.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Launch

This is the first time I've had the chance to sit down and write about the campaign launch that took place last Friday night. The evening took place in Machynlleth Rugby Club, and luckily a large crowd turned up, with over sixty in total. Needless to say I was delighted. I was very lucky that Dafydd Iwan, Dafydd Wigley, Elfyn Llwyd, Hywel Williams and Gwenllian Lansdown all to came along to say a few words of support and the members certainly enjoyed hearing from them how Plaid Cymru can and will increase the vote in Montgomeryshire at the next General Election. No pressure on me then!

I honestly felt extremely touched by all the support and kind words. To have such giants of Welsh politics pledge their support to my campaign was such an honour, and I truly appreciate the fact that they've always been very generous with their time in terms of giving advice and so on. Also, the members in Montgomeryshire have been tremendous and have really fired me up for the campaign ahead. Some travelled for an hour or more away to attend the night, and I'm grateful to them for that.

My Mother also came along, which was brilliant even though she did embarrass me my producing a Plaid Cymru placard I'd made in 1988 when I was seven yeard old! Proof that I've been committed to the cause from a very young age. It's the first time I've ever been totally lost for words in public and I went bright red - I'll get my revenge somehow!

Gwibdaith Hen Fran played later on in the evening and they were fantastic. Unfortunately, I had to leave at half eleven as I was working the following day but I hear great fun was had by all who stayed on. I'll definitely be there to the end next time!

So, to summaries, an encouraging, positive and fun start to the campaign. Yes, we are facing an uphill struggle but I am determined that I'm running to win. I have a great team of people supporting me, and I don't want to let them down. As I said before - bring it on! The next few months should be very interesting...

Friday, October 16, 2009

Committed

I've just been reading Glyn Davies's blog, something I haven't done for a while. One comment struck me from a person questioning my commitment to the campaign in Montgomeryshire since I don't live there full time. It was nice of Glyn to stick up for me, but still, I think it's something worth addressing here as well.

No, I don't live in Montgomeryshire and I've never lied about that. I'm based in Cardiff, and work across Wales. I try to be in Montgomeryshire every weekend during which I stay with my Grandmother in Newtown, and at least one night a week for meetings. Is this ideal? Well no, obviously not. All the travelling can be quite tiring and I haven't been able to catch up with many of my friends for a few months. But am I complaining? Well obviously not as it was my choice to apply to be a candidate in the seat and I'm truly enjoying the campaign. Unfortunately, in order to be able to develop my career, and more importantly, pay my bills, I can't afford to move to Maldwyn and campaign full time. I wish I could, but the reality is that very few people can afford not to work and just focus on trying to be elected. I truly envy those who can as it definitely gives them an advantage. I did look for jobs in Mid Wales before being selected as a candidate, but couldn't find anything at the time as the recession was just starting. So I went for another job that I'm really enjoying and which brought me closer to Montgomeryshire so I could be there regularly.

I can assure everyone that the moment the election is called, I'll be campaigning full time and taking unpaid leave. Until then, I'll do as much as I possibly can and I am running to win. The relaunch will hopefully send a clear message that we're taking the seat and the election seriously. I am totally committed to Mongtomeryshire and the campaign. It means a great deal to me, and I feel honoured to have been selected by the local party to fight the seat. I'm determined not to let them down.

And the campaign continues...

Well, finally I get to go to Montgomeryshire tonight for the first time in two weeks. Unfortunately, car trouble stopped me from being able to attend quite a few events and I feel awful for missing them. The truth is, after my car broke down and had to be fixed, I just couldn't afford to get a hire car in order to get there as well as pay the costs for a new clutch. But at least everything's sorted now, and I can hit the campaign trail once again. Phew...

I'm really looking forward to the fundraiser/campaign launch/relaunch of Plaid now. Ticket sales have been going well and we should have quite a crowd! I've also received some lovely letters from some members who can't attend, and I feel truly touched. I really appreciate all their kind words, and offers of help, especially given the fact that I haven't had a chance to meet all of them yet. It's such a huge county but I will get round to all of them between now and the election! And that's a promise.

Will let you know how it goes this evening, and remember, if you do want to attend, it all kicks off at 7pm in Machynlleth Rugby Club. I'd be delighted to see you there.

Dau o'r Bae

Jest nodyn byr i ddweud byddai ar Dau o'r Bae amser cinio heddiw. Edrych mlaen yn arw! Mi fydd hi fy nhro cyntaf i ar y rhaglen - braf cael y cyfle a dwi'n ddiolchgar i'r BBC am ofyn. Dwi'n mwynhau cael gwneud mwy a mwy o bethau rwan a trio codi proffail ymgyrch y Blaid ym Maldwyn drwy Gymru. Dwi di bod yn deud ers dipyn bo ni am redeg ymgyrch gadarn tro yma, a gobeithio bod pobl yn dechrau gweld hynny!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nos Wener/ Friday night

Wel helo pawb. Jest eisiau eich atgoffa ynglyn a noson ail-lawnsio'r Blaid a hefyd lawnsio fy ymgyrch nos Wener yma, 16eg o Hydref yng Nghlwb Rygbi Machynlleth o 7pm ymlaen. Nifer o wleidyddion Plaid - Dafydd Wigley, Elfyn Llwyd, Dafydd Iwan, Hywel Williams, Gwenllian Landsown a fi - a hefyd y band ffantastig, Gwibdaith hen Fran. Tocynnau yn £5 - cysylltwch gyda mi ar heledd@gmail.com os ydych eisiau prynnu un. Gan obeithio eich gweld nos Wener!

Well hello all. Just to remind you that the re-launch of plaid Cymru as well as my campaign launch takes place this Friday, 16th October at Machynlleth rugby Club from 7pm onwards. A number of Plaid politicians will be present - Dafydd Wigley, Elfyn Llwyd, Dafydd Iwan, Hywel Williams, Gwenllian Landsown and me - and also a fantastic band, Gwibdaith Hen Fran. Email me for a ticket - heledd@gmail.com. They're £5 each - hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mewn cariad...

...hefo fy iphone newydd sbon. O waw - am declyn! Pam na nesh i brynnu un fisoedd yn ol? Mae'n ffantastig! Jest gobeithio bydd o'n gweithio yn Sir Drefaldwyn - ga'i weld penwythnos nesa!

Finally...

So Parliament starts back this week - finally. Seems to make no sense that recess lasts quite so long. It's been great to see the Senedd back to business over the past few weeks putting the UK parliament to shame!

Sorry for the light blogging - down to technical problems. My laptop is dying and since I rely on it to be able to blog, it's been a bit of a nightmare. Hope to have a new one by the end of the week, fingers crossed! Campaign still going well though. Don't forget about the campaign launch this Friday (16th October) in Machynlleth rugby club. More details to follow tomorrow but send me a message if you want to reserve a ticket.