Rising cost of living. War in Ukraine. 1 in 5 people on a Welsh NHS waiting list. Low salaries. Stagnant school performance. Farms in operation dug. The endless housing crisis. Covid recovery.
The challenges facing Wales could take a generation to resolve and need a government with the courage and focus to meet them head on.
However, you can always count on the Cardiff Bay bubble to sideline their navel-gazing responsibilities as they prioritize more politicians. Once again, the constitution and elections in our decentralized legislature have become the focal point rather than responding to public priorities.
I can’t quite express how angry some people, myself included, are with Labor’s plan to create more jobs for bay boys and girls by increasing membership Senedd (MS) from 60 to 96, never mind all the trimmings that come with them. How does adding 36 more politicians to the public bill address these lawsuits?
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Labor and Plaid could highlight the public mandate they have. Between them, they make up the super majority of MS needed to pass this pointless nonsense. But where were those calls during last year’s elections? Plaid went hard on independence and backed down. Labor barely talked about it during the campaign. However, as soon as the polls close, now cannot be silent on this subject.
But above all, there is no need. The argument for expansion argues that there are not enough member states for the legislature to effectively control the Welsh government. Well, Labor backbenchers and Plaid MPs would have more free time if they didn’t spend all their time commenting on the events and actions of the UK government, and start enabling a prosperous Wales.
Indeed, since last summer, Chief Plaid has used less than half of Prime Minister’s Question Sessions to question Mark Drakeford exclusively about his responsibilities. They have abandoned any pretense of being an opposition party and now claim that there are not enough of them to do the job. The Welsh Conservatives can achieve this – why can’t they?
And don’t think that the expansion of the Senedd will be enough for them. Calls for more powers will continue. Labor even has a Constitutional Commission drawing up plans on their behalf and on behalf of their nationalist friends on what powers should be…
Read the full story at: Politico.co.uk.