One of the things that really annoys me about the True Wales No campaign is their claim that those who are elected to serve the people of Wales by the people of Wales are some sort of élite.
I am a fairly common bloke, I was bought up on a Council House Estate, I still live in a Housing Association owned home. The highest "status" that I have ever achieved is a Charge Nurse in the healthcare sector. My father was a railway signalman pre Beeching and then became a building site Labourer and eventually a local authority grounds man. Not a very elite life, but yet I can guarantee that if I were to meet them on the street I could greet about a third of AMs on first name terms and they would greet me back by name.
I can greet them by name because our paths have crossed in such mundane environments as car boot sales, marts, chapels, non league footy games and supermarkets, rather than in some corridors of power.
I can't think of any AM who has had an elite education in one of the top public schools or is a former member of anything like the Bullingdon Club.
I believe that one AM has had an Oxbridge education and that there are two are millionaires in the Senedd, but even they are from mining stock!
Look at the party leaders.
Carwyn Jones – Working Class Parents, Comprehensive education, & Aber Uni, Jobbing Barister
Ieuan Wyn Jones – Father a Minister, grandfather a miner, Comprehensive education and Liverpool Polytech; country solicitor
Nick Bourn – State Grammar School – Aber and Cambridge Universities (a bit posh). Working life a collage teacher (not so posh). Family background never mentioned, (which suggests common as muck in Tory circles), but I understand that Nick is also from a mining background.
Kirsty Williams also with working class parents and a comprehensive education; a degree in American Studies – how élite - from Manchester University!
On the UK level:
David Cameron Public School, Oxbridge Multi Millionaire, privileged upbringing
Nick Clegg, Public school, Oxbridge, Multi Millionaire, privileged upbringing.
Ed Milliband, very rich son of an intellectual, state and Oxbridge educated, a member of a politically elite family, has only worked within professional politics.
Now, if True Wales is really opposed to power being given to the Elite shouldn't they be begging for lots more power to be moved from the posh, rich and truly elite sorts in Westminster down to the rather common earthy sort of lads and lasses who are elected to Cardiff Bay? - As my No campaign will be doing!