An unlikely purchase, perhaps, from a book store in San Francisco specialising in gay pulp and Trotskyism - but what a nice pamphlet!
The striking cover is what first attracted me. It was designed by Ivor Owen - whether this is the children's book illustrator of the same name, I don't know. The pamphlet dates from 1955. Gwynfor Evans was at that time the president of Plaid Cymru (the party of Wales), and a local councillor - in 1966 he became the party's first MP.
The issue behind the pamphlet is an interesting one - Plaid Cymru's battle to be allowed party political broadcasts in Wales.
Only parties putting up at least fifty candidates in a general election were entitled to a party political broadcast. But there were then only thirty-six Welsh constituencies in total. So you can see the problem.
The Welsh Broadcasting Council proposed that any party fighting at least three seats in Wales should have political broadcasts, two a year between elections not simply at election time, either in Welsh or English. The Post Master General took the highly unusual step of vetoing this initiative, abetted by the London national HQs of the main parties.
'It is worth noting', Gwynfor Evans argued in this pamphlet, 'that in words and action the Parties refused to acknowledge Wales as a national entity whose needs and rights may differ from those of English regions.
'The length to which they were prepared to go, however, demonstrates the extent of their fear of allowing a Welsh party to state its case, on the most effective means of reaching, and therefore influencing, the public.
'One can detect a fear not oly of allowing Plaid Cymru to broadcast but of having themselves twice a year to expose on the air the bankruptcy of their policies for Wales.'
Plaid Cymru currently holds three of the forty Welsh seats in the House of Commons, and eleven of the sixty seats in the National Assembly for Wales.
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