Sunday, 27 July 2008

The Wales Office v. A Welsh Parliament

Wales Office is facing the axe
Jul 27 2008 by Matt Withers, Wales On Sunday

THE Wales Office is set to be scrapped as part of Gordon Brown’s long-awaited autumn reshuffle and merged into a new “super-department” for the UK’s nations and regions.....

Nothing is changed - the Wales Office will merely be merged with other national offices into the "super-department". It is purely cosmetic and LCOs will continue to be passed through the department on their tortuous journey into enactment as a law. The government is fond of making these cosmetic changes, which make no difference, drawing attention away from their sorry state it would appear.
Gordon Brown is obviously still hanging on to the belief that Britain is in charge and that the devolved areas of Britain can be administered through a unified department. It is back-tracking on devolution in a vain attempt to retain British identity and not separate national identities. He still refers to Britain as "a nation" and "this country of ours".
That's what it's all about.

Plaid Cymru in the Assemby could condemn the whole unworkable system of LCOs. I don't know who dreamed up the idea but inevitably it causes problems in the speed and efficiency of getting Welsh laws enacted and ratified. I don't know if this was the hidden intention, but it works against devolution and not with it.
The answer is undoubtedly a Welsh Parliament and Labour should understand this and if not Plaid should confront them with some cogent and indisputable arguments.

Alan in Dyfed


Anonymous said...

Hey Alan! Have Plaid got a Parliamentary candidate for Llanelli yet?

alanindyfed said...

It is Myfanwy Davies.
Thinking of joining Plaid, Ryan?
If so... croeso!