Leanne Wood has been elected Plaid Cymru leader by the party faithfull. Interesting choice as she’s from outside the party’s Welsh language heartlands and is very radical from anyone’s perspective – anti both Labour and Conservative UK fiscal policy (favours a Keynesian approach), very green (favours a green revolution) and has a left wing politics that she developed during Thatcherism.
Also she describes herself as a political activist rather than a politician. So far so intersting, but what is most striking is that she describes herself as a feminist on her Twitter biog which reads:
Plaid Cymru. Welsh Socialist & Republican. Environmentalist. Anti-racist. Feminist. Valleys.
Which is remarkable in itself, as calling yourself a Feminist still isn’t a fashionable thing to do. The Lib Dems may have had Kirsty Williams as leader for a while now, but never has she identified herself so strongly with a set of ideas (as fierce and as fearless as she seems). Here’s a fascinating insight on the Institute of Welsh Affairs website to how Plaid’s new leader sees Wales’ future:
A combination of legislation and public education has changed acceptable public attitudes towards racism, sexism, homophobia, disability. It remains socially acceptable to ridicule and discriminate against people who speak Welsh. Our vision is of an inclusive Wales, where all of us who live here have the right to live in a society which is as equal as we can make it.
Lets hope it pans out.
On another note, I blogged on Linda Grant yesterday for the Inspiring Women blog. Because she is one. click here to find out more!