During the last election Plaid Cymru proposed two policies that I would have expected every decent person to support. The first was for a fair pension, the second was for a living wage rather than a minimum wage. Both policies were opposed and ridiculed, not because they were bad policies, but because they were policies suggested by the wrong party.
I don't understand what the Labour Party has against the idea of a living wage. Surely such an idea should be a core Labour principal!
I don't understand why a Conservative should oppose such an idea either.
If an employee has less than a living wage s/he becomes a burden on the state, and has to have topup benefits out of the state's purse to give her/him a wage – his/her job is subsidies by the tax payer in the same way as his/her unemployment would be subsidised – what's the difference?.
If a person works his or her guts off for 60 hours a week but still needs state benefits to make ends meet, who is the scrounger? The mean employer, or the hard working employee?
There is nothing Conservative in underpaying an employee because you know that the benefit cheque will take up the slack in the wage bill.
The benefits bill needs to be reduced, without a doubt, but it needs to be reduced in a way that looks at the full picture.
I can't see a Socialist or Conservative value that should oppose Plaid's living wage, idea, so why don't both parties welcome Plaid's suggestion as part of the answer to a very big problem, rather than opposing it for opposition's sake just because it is a Plaid proposal?