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Price flames Labour’s ‘failure’



Carmarthen Plaid: local workers rally behind Helen Mary

Carmarthen Plaid: local workers rally behind Helen Mary

IF DAY ONE of the conference belonged to Helen Mary Jones and Leanne Wood ,then day two certainly belonged to Plaid’s Carmarthen West and Dinefwr AM candidate Adam Price.

He began by using national and local history to set the scene for what may be a hard fought battle for key seats in Carmarthenshire.

Referencing the Llanelli railway riots of 1911 he told the conference: “A hundred years ago railway workers in this town took control of the level crossings on the Great Western Railway. Eighty years before that the Daughters of Rebecca occupied the toll booths on the Carmarthenshire turnpike.

“They held the junction points of history in their own hands for a few brief moments, and risked their very lives in the process. It’s through their struggle and the struggles that followed that we are in the fortunate position as a people that we now find ourselves. For the next nine weeks the levers of our future lie in our own hands.”

Labour will lose

Looking towards the May election he told the conference : “It’s nine weeks out and not a vote has been cast but I think we can confidently make one prediction. Labour will lose in May. And they deserve to lose because they have already lost any sense of direction, any scrap of creativity, of vision, of drive.

“They have put us at the bottom of the league for prosperity, for wages, for literacy, for numeracy and science.”

History, humour and quotations ran throughout Adam Price’s speech.

He observed: “The first wonder of the world is the mind of a child… Yet we are thirty-fifth in the world league of education standards today – thirty-fifth. They say give me a boy at seven, I’ll show you the man at 70. Well give me the education system that is thirty-fifth in the world today and I will give you the economy that is thirty-fifth in the world”.

He told the conference: “That was Anthony Charles Lynton Blair in his 1996 Leader’s Speech to the Labour Party Conference, the last one as leader before he turfed out John Major.

“Well, in Wales today, 35th place, which Labour said then was a terrible indictment of a failing government, ranks above us in the same PISA league table. We are 36th in science, 41st in reading and 43rd in the world for maths.”

Adam Price asserted that Wales is poorer under Labour relative to all our neighbours, British and European, than we were when devolution began. He said : “Remember the devolution dividend. Well, we have had devolution drift and decline. We have the highest economic inactivity rate of any part of the United Kingdom. We have 360,000 people in Wales on hospital waiting lists.”

Wales CAN achieve

Referring to the record of the First Minster, Carwyn Jones he continued: “Carwyn says, of course, that he is only half way through his decade of delivery and that’s true enough. The problem is the decade’s the 1970s. We are going backwards not forwards as a nation.”

Posing the rhetorical question, Adam Price continued to enquire what future monuments there would be to mark the legacy of Carwyn Jones. He suggested the closure of Port Talbot and of Trostre, steel towns without steel, an airport without passengers, an NHS without doctors, young people without a future and a nation without hope.

Taking a positive view of the future under a Plaid Cymru government he said: “We are a talented country. Let no-one doubt what Wales can achieve. It’s not just our own history but our future and our fortune too that we can make here in Wales.

“We’ll establish a National Innovation Body to create that future economy, a new-model development agency to sell Wales across the world, a Bank of Wales to back our businesses, an Infrastructure Commission to lay the foundations of our prosperity not just in one corner of our country, but throughout the land, led not by a Costa Bureaucratica in Cardiff Bay but a new partnership between people, from every sectors and walk of life, who have the knowledge and experience we need and the ordinary commitment that each of us can give to our country.

“We will create a sense of national mission the likes of which we have not seen in generations – to educate the young, to care for the old, to invest in and for each other.”

Mr. Price proposed establishing a National Citizen Service. He said: “It would be worthy of the name for all our young people to have the chance to build up their country, not just to give back but, where they go away, to come back and use for Wales’ benefit the knowledge and the skills they have learned.”

‘Nothing inevitable’ about Assembly poll

Exhibiting an element of caution over the outcome of the Welsh Assembly elections he said: “There is nothing inevitable about the outcome of the next few weeks. Every one of us will have a part to play in the great dream that is about to unfold – every campaigner, reporter and citizen.

“The National Assembly election is the true referendum on which the fate of our nation rests. Who knows what might happen the morning after June 23?

“We may find by the stroke of an English pencil that we Welsh – a nation founded by a Spanish-born Roman legionary, home to the last Roman monument in the western world – will wake up to find we’re no longer European. We will, thankfully at least, still wake up Welsh.”

Llanelli feels the love

Concluding his address to the conference Mr. Price asked: “What is Llanelli but Wales in miniature? Wales caught here in a tear drop, in a sweat drop, in a rain drop. Wales is a thousand Llanellis: are we all to be dust in the wind?

“Working people here in Llanelli, in Wales, in Britain, in Europe have been the raw material for other people’s history, other people’s battles, other people’s wars. It’s time we made our own history, built our own country: forged our own future in this furnace of victory.”

It was when paraphrasing the late great historian Gwyn Alf Williams Adam Price raised the biggest laugh, saying: “We can only truly love Wales if we can put our hands on our hearts and say we love Llanelli bus station in the rain.”

Llanelli did encounter some light drizzle over the two days but the conference ended with bright sunshine and Plaid Cymru painting a sunny outlook for the months and years ahead – if they manage to take control of government at the May elections.

You Need Hands

Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, George Bush, Richard Nixon, Winston Churchill, Charles De Gaulle and many more famous and infamous politicians have used their hand gestures as signatures they have become known for. In fact, if you watch politicians who are renowned as great speech makers, you will immediately begin to notice that they punctuate nearly every sentence with a hand gesture.

Love them or hate them, why do politicians use their hands so much when talking? What do the gestures mean? Does the fact that some do not use their hands mean they are any lesser or greater politicians?

The Herald took a look at some of the photographs from the Plaid Cymru spring conference, which was held in Llanelli recently.

We thought we would get some advice on what all the hand waving, finger pointing and even passive hands meant so we looked at what body language expert Carol Kinsey Goman, PhD, had to say about it in her book, The Silent Language of Leaders.

She suggests that sometimes gestures are used to physically illustrate a point, as when pointing to a particular paragraph in a contract or moving your hand to the right when telling someone to turn in that direction. Other gestures are unconscious signals that give the viewer a glimpse into the speaker’s emotions, motivations or attitude.

The basic idea is to let your hands do some of the talking. Great speakers use hand gestures more than average. Gestures add meaning, they reflect complex thinking, and they give listeners confidence in the speaker.

Gestures can be used to illustrate the size or shape of something, they can show direction or position, or they can reinforce statistics. You can enumerate important points by using your fingers to count.

Carefully choose when and what you want to gesture. The best time to use a specific gesture is when you are making an important point. So pick a few movements that feel natural and weave them in, but don’t go overboard or you’ll appear phony.

However, you also need to keep in mind the size of the room and the line of sight. In general, the bigger the room and the more obstructed the views, the bigger and higher the gestures need to be.

And don’t forget the most effective and contagious gesture of all: Your smile. People who have friendly expressions are rated better or perceived to be nicer.

Star quality

There hasn’t been so much excitement and din at the Theatre Ffwrness since Deny Twp left after his 35th appearance in panto as Deny Twp.

There was not so much as twpnwess on offer but a real sense of ‘he’s behind you’ as Adam Price appeared from behind a curtain to thrill the young and old in the audience alike.

He stopped short of throwing sweeties (lossin dants) into the crowd but he did offer up a memorable performance, which had echoes of the speech made by Gwynfor Evans following his election as MP.

It was in stark contrast to the controlled, hushed tones of Leanne Wood. Her soft and gentle valley lilt didn’t appear to have the impact of the man who called Tony Blair a liar and got thrown out of the chamber at Westminster for his pains.

One couldn’t help speculating that should Plaid not make a significant advance at the Welsh Assembly elections in May, the shoes left behind by Leanne Wood might just be filled by Mr. Price.

Leanne Wood’s personal warmth, evident sincerity, and appeal to the young makes her a formidable electoral asset: Adam Price’s zeal and forcefulness galvanises the more experienced troops.

Both performed well over the weekend.

But there is no denying that for the party faithful at the Ffwrness, it was Mr. Price who appeared to be the star of this show.

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities



WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands



OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at:, by emailing or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at:, by emailing, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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