The decision not to include Plaid Cymru and the SNP in the leaders debate in the run up to the General Election is proof that Wales and Scotland will always be treated as second-rate within the current UK system of governance. It's a complete and utter disgrace, and what's being proposed is insulting not only to the parties themselves but also the people of Wales and Scotland. Their excuse in pathetic and I find it surprising that anyone can keep a straight face when they say that Nick Clegg could become the next Prime Minister and that's why he's been included!
All the polls are currently pointing to a hung parliament - which could well see Plaid Cymru and SNP playing a key role in the next parliament. Something which the Lib Dems can only dream about. Why then exclude them from these debates? The broadcasters have a duty to give the people of the UK an accurate reflection of the choices they face and by not doing so, they are acting unfairly and undemocraticaly.
The truth is that in Wales the vast majority of people watch UK network programmes and read UK newspapers. By not giving Plaid Cymru and the SNP a voice on UK wide programmes the broadcasters are actually showing bias towards the parties who are involved. Even UKIP, the BNP and the Greens will have more of a voice which seems unjust to anyone from any party who believes in democracy.
I am dreaming of the day when we have a proper parliament in Wales with full law making powers so we don't have to send anyone to Westminster. Wales and the people of Wales will never be respected under the current set up, and the attitude of the broadcasters to this debate is evident of that. Personally, I won't be watching them and rather, will be hitting the campaign trail to ensure the people of Montgomeryshire will at least have an opportunity to hear what Plaid Cymru has to say.
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