As previously noted Albert Owen MP promised via email to reply in full to the People's Manifesto for Ynys Môn jointly created by commenters to this site. After a long wait Albert's reply finally arrived at the end of last week by snail-mail and you can see it below:Albert Owen's reply to people's Manifesto
Firstly, all praise to Albert for taking the time to engage. I can tell you that Albert was the first person to reply via email regarding the Manifesto, and, judging by the timestamps on his emails, obviously works late into the night.
Ignoring paragraph four which refers to a completely unrelated matter, Albert basically recommends that in order to build momentum behind the manifesto it is necessary to (a) open it out so that it can be seen as "representative of the people of Anglesey" and (b) for the authors "to engage openly in the process" and "meet with council group leaders and others".
I agree with his comments up to a point. However, I feel there is little point in holding meetings with either Albert or Council Group Leaders without a clear purpose or a desired outcome. To my mind the reason behind the making of the People's Manifesto was to provide a template which could be used as a reference by the groupings of Independents in the council when putting together their own "Documents of Aims and Values" (as they are now required to do by the Recovery Board). So far only Clive McGregor's Llais i Fôn group have subsequently made their Manifesto public -- none of the other Independent groups (Original Independents, Menai Group, Anglesey Forward) have yet done so. Until we are able to see all of the Independent's manifestos and compare them it seems to me that there is little point in seeking any face-to-face meetings. However as always I welcome your comments below.