Here's a quick #Senedd2021 thread, if anyone gives dau gachiad:
As an active anarchist, I organised Vote Nobody campaigns & spoilt my ballot at election time. By the time Social Campaign Group had control of the Labour party leadership, I was so politically inactive it seemed...
... almost childish not back their tilt at government in 2017. I was never so naive as to think it could change any of the fundamental problems of this society. But if you don't recognise what a unique opportunity the possibility could have been; for a more peaceful world...
... improved redistribution of wealth, increase in working class power etc, then I don't know what to say.
Things have changed a lot since then, that moment has passed.
I say all that to say this; I was a non-voter, Corbyn made me break a habit of a lifetime, now it's ...
... time for #SeneddElection2021 & I appear to be a voter.

On the regional list for South East Wales most of the options are various types of tory right wing chancers, so it's a case of voting for whoever has the best chance of keeping them out. That means #Plaidthistime...
... the maths for the rest of the left - the Greens, Communists or TUSC - just don't add up.

This isn't some enthusiastic #PlaidFirstTime message. I'm not a convert to the cause of Welsh Nationalism. But it's a straight choice between Plaid or some form of tory or other...
... Considering I'm doing the lesser evil argument on the list vote, what about the constituency. I'm in Newport West - Labour incumbent, Conservative target. Same choice right?

I'm not going to vote for a party that couldn't bring themselves to oppose the #spycopsbill, no...
... matter what. I can't even consider it, seems poetic to abstain. I agree it would be shit to have a tory representative, and I'm fully aware policing is not a devolved issue, but they are the same party, and they're done a poor job of distancing themselves from Starmer...
... As for the #pccelections - every platform is antithetical, the entire concept is a bad joke, it's been spoiled with #DefundThePolice.

Postal Vote was sent last week, I'd always encourage everyone to do exactly the same as me politically, otherwise I wouldn't do it myself,...
... this doesn't mean I'm committed to the cause of #indywales or anything. Though to be clear, if there's a serious prospect of #annibyniaeth, I'm up for it. I don't think it would deliver the kind of society I want to see, and like everything else in life, it's a distraction...
... from imminent #climatechange. But it would unquestionably be better that the current situation.
Other than that, I really hope @LeanneWood wins in the the Rhondda, with @bethanjenkins standing down, she's the only reliable genuine left republican that's left in the #senedd...
... thanks to anyone who's bothered reading this far. As you can probably tell, I've had trouble sleeping. The outcome of the #seneddelection on Friday will be interesting, but as far as Wales is concerned, our best chance of representation is the Lions announcement on Thursday.

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