Last month’s general election was a major step backwards for progressive politics in Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom. The parties of reaction, the parties which set one individual against another, substantially increased their vote.
If we wish to promote political values which balance cooperation, fairness and mutual support with those of enterprise, endeavour and innovation then it is not enough to list the words; people must experience community and shared responsibility in their daily lives.
Wales had been considered a haven for progressive political values. This was because we retained communities which came together to support each other and work place trades unions which shared responsibility for successful enterprises.
Sadly Welsh Government seems intent on separating people from power – creating ever larger units of public administration and political control. We will then increasingly espouse political values that reflect our daily experiences – voting for parties which promote inequality, passivity and resentment.
If the Welsh Government confirms its intention to create the largest local authorities in Europe, it will be proclaiming the death knell of progressive politics in Wales.