The Wales we want to create

Plaid Cymru wants to build a nation that thrives and prospers as a result of its own strong and sustainable economy with excellent schools and first-class healthcare. A Wales that can provide a better standard of living for all through hard work, a commitment to equality, fair play and a sense of ambition for family, for community and for the nation. Wales at its best.

After all, our nation has always paid its way. The people of Wales have given their young people to industry, their lives to the army, their talents to the British economy.

We believe that Wales should not be denied her potential and that it is in the interests of all who live in Wales to live in a country that has the self-respect to run its own affairs and control its resources.

We want to make it easier for you to work and earn a decent wage – and we know that providing high quality, affordable childcare and reliable public transport would be a good start. We want the best for every child; that each and every one has the opportunity to reach his or her potential by making sure that our schools are funded properly and that our teachers are expected to inspire.

We don't want you to have to worry about waiting for treatment if you're ill or for an ambulance in an emergency – we want our NHS to be organised in such a way that it serves the needs of our communities properly. If you care for a loved one you shouldn't have to do so without support – we value what you do and we want to make life easier for you.

For our entrepreneurs – achieving success is in your hands – but we can help by making sure that you have the right infrastructure, broadband and transport links, to make your business work.

We, like you, are proud of our two languages and we believe that you, your children or your grandchildren should have the opportunity to speak Welsh whether you're in school, at home, in work or during your own precious spare time.

It's not right if you have to live in fear of crime – you should be able to feel safe in your own home and in your community. We think that the Assembly rather than Westminster should decide how to police our streets and we believe that more should be done to stop people from becoming involved in crime in the first place.

We want to be proud of our town centres so that popping to the shop is more of a pleasure and less of a chore. Whether it's going to the library, supporting the local rugby club or taking the kids to their swimming lessons – we believe in supporting the community and leisure facilities which so enrich our lives.

And sometimes we look but we don't see the beautiful country in which we live – our parks, our mountains, beaches and castles – we may take them for granted but like you we want to protect them for future generations to enjoy and explore."