Considering that the Labour Party put a ban on folk standing on both the list and constituency for the Assembly, which is questionable... perhaps there is a better case for disallowing list AMs/MSPs from changing parties. While constituency AMs/MSPs/MPs are all elected on their personal merits (supposedly) rather than the party, list AMs/MSPs and MEPs are all elected for the party in question, a key distinction. Ashgar clearly saw Tory success in the Euro elections as being his meal ticket in the near future.Both PC and the SNP can claim to have selected the first Asian/Muslim representatives to the devolved legislatures though. I think an important point here is even if someone comes from either/both of these groups, it doesn't make them a good politician necessarily - e.g Mohammed Sarwar MP, Labour crook based in Glasgow. On the other hand, the SNP was lucky to have the late Bashir Ahmad, who was a genuinely pleasant and decent person that I had the privilege to meet in the Glasgow East run-up - he provided a decent counterpoint to the nutters who attacked Glasgow Airport. It's a shame that Ashgar couldn't be such a good ambassador for Welsh Muslims/Plaid etc.--- On Wed, 12/9/09, Alan Jones
Let Defectors Depart and the Cause is Strengthened.
People have freedom of choice. They are free to switch their allegiance from one country to another, from one political party to another, but can their integrity or their character be trusted? Plaid Cymru is more than a political party. It is an umbrella organisation whose members have various shades of view across the political spectrum; they have been welcomed whatever their ethic origin, their colour or their religion, but the difference is that they all demand self-government for Wales and their hearts are true to the principles upon which the movement for self-determination stands. Their interest and their allegiance are with their nation, with unwavering devotion, and their efforts are directed to achieving their goal. By failing to inform Plaid Cymru officials of his intentions and by joining a unionist party Mohammad Asghar has revealed his true motives and has shown that he is not worthy to be a party to the cause of freedom for Wales. In that sense he may be closely compared with Peter Hain. In the case of Moh. Asghar Plaid Cymru was just the first rung of the political ladder on the ascent to a personal political career in a unionist state. In fact he has proclaimed his support of the Union. Yet his welcome into the Conservative ranks is somewhat muted.The A.M.'s departure, some say betrayal, is no loss to Plaid, as the Party for Wales needs no such political turn-coats in its ranks. Allegiance to the cause of independence must be indisputable and absolute if solidarity and purpose are to be maintained. It is a question of hearts and minds, and the heart must be true and the mind firm and uncompromising however difficult and steep the path may be, and however many set-backs are encountered on the way. Without this kind of unswerving loyalty from all its members and sympathisers the cause for which so many people have struggled over the centuries is doomed. Whether or not the AM for South Wales East stands down he is likely to have taken the road to political extinction, if not now at least in the longer term. alanindyfed Asked why he had stood for Plaid Cymru when he was opposed to independence for Wales, he said his voice had been that of "a little parrot in a jungle", with little chance of changing Plaid's stance on the issue."It is has come as a shock that he has now decided that he shares the same values as those held by the Conservative and Unionist party." Plaid Cymru assembly group chair Dai Lloyd said it would be wrong for Mr Asghar to remain in the assembly as a Conservative. "We now call on Mohammad Asghar to take the honourable decision to resign his seat as a Plaid Cymru AM," Mr Lloyd said. "The people of the South Wales (East) region did not want a second Tory AM to represent the area - they elected a Plaid Cymru AM. "Mr Asghar does not have the political mandate to sit in the assembly as a Conservative member..."A wolf in sheep's clothing no less. An interloper in the ranks.alanindyfed