“Stupid time of the year to have an election anyway.”The words of a member of the Holyhead sailing club captured the grumpy mood of the nation in a nutshell. OK – it may not be a “Brenda from Bristol” moment but he made his point. When it comes to politics, we have been unquestionably more Scrooge than Santa in this Christmas campaign. I have been to Ceredigion, Preseli Pembrokeshire, Clwyd South, Torfaen and Ynys Mon over the past month. Five constituencies, all facing different battlegrounds – from the whopping 10,000-plus Labour majority in Torfaen to the knife-edge Plaid majority of 104 over the Liberal Democrats in Ceredigion, as well as Wales’ only three-way marginal seat in Ynys Mon. On a tour for BBC Wales’ news programme Wales Today, we have spoken to year-round sea swimmers in Pembrokeshire feeling increasingly isolated from Westminster, runners in Cwmbran getting worked up about international trade deals and horse-racing enthusiasts in Bangor-on-Dee disillusioned with Jeremy Corbyn. General elections are famously melting pots of issues, and different communities have different priorities. For example, the first three voters I approached in a coffee shop in Cardigan all said climate change was the top issue without so much… Read full this story
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