Tuesday, 18 September 2007
The Benefits of Devolution
Devolution has given to Wales an enhanced sense of nationhood, and has assisted the movement towards a Welsh Parliament along the lines of the Scottish model. Wales, as Rhodri says, has certainly grown up as a nation, and there is a renewed confidence and pride at large throughout the country. It is now the duty of the Assembly to bring about economic and social cohesion and unity throughout the regions, and address the conditions in north Wales in particular with regard to access and provision of health services, as well as employment and affordable housing. This will involve decentralisation of administration which should be devolved from Cardiff Bay and the south-eastern corner for the benefit of the areas of the country which suffer deprivation.