Disgusted of Llandrindod Wells

Stories you might have missed
21/08/2009, 8:59 am
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The successful policy of Cardiff Council to gridlock the city during weekdays is extended to the weekend.

The gender gap in A-Level results reporting continues (97% of pretty girls were photographed celebrating their results, while only 65% of photogenic boys appeared in newspaper coverage).

The All Wales Convention deadline for responses closed. Skies all over Wales responded in biblical fashion with torrential rain.


Convention says yes, sort of (redacted version)
19/06/2009, 9:39 am
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Sir Emyr Jones Parry, ex-diplomat and professional fence-sitter, has said in an interview with the Western Mail that the current devolution settlement is a bit foggy.

He said,

Good law should be clear, it should be capable of being implemented, it should be accessible, comprehensible. And what we have is an arrangement which, I think, clearly all our work shows, for most people in Wales the constitutional settlement is a fog – very difficult to understand. And at any moment, who is responsible for what isn’t obvious. Is that good for democracy and accountability?


In this you might say it fails the ‘Tony Benn test’. Decisions are currently taken across Assembly, WAG, in London and furtively in other back rooms and corridors. Who’s responsible for what? The Benn test questions are,

“What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you use it? To whom are you accountable? How do we get rid of you?”



Back to Emyr Jones Parry, this seems like a very clear public endorsement of the full (sic) law making powers that would come with a yes vote in a referendum. (Or, it could be an endorsement of going back to the centralised system where everything resides in the UK Parliament.) ████████████████████████ I’m sure critics of the convention will not be surprised; they’ve been using the phrase ‘publicly funded yes vote’ since it was established. Critics, that is, like David Davies, who has paid  chunks of public money to a firm run by a Peter Davies (or ‘dad’, as David Davies likes to call him).

Supporters will seize on the comments of course but they have yet to make a convincing case. Plaid, for example, keep going on about how things will be much better when run from Wales. Will they be better or just badly run closer to home? Show us the ideas!