2:48pm Thursday 24th October 2013
KIRSTY Williams AM, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the Assembly is calling for the number of county councils in Wales to be substantially reduced, the UK’s Changing Union project and the Electoral Reform Society Cymru calling for the number of AMs to be increased by 40 at a cost of £10million and slash the MPs and councillors to pay for the extra cost of the additional AMs.
The First Minister, Carwyn Jones is also calling for the reduction in the number of county councils.
‘Turkeys do not vote for Christmas’.
County councils and Westminster members are accepted by the electorate as essential parts of our democratic system, but the Assembly was created with only 25% of the electorate voting for it and only 23.5% voting to give them the extra power.
Ask the other 75% and 76.5% of the electorate what are their views on the Assembly?
Since we have had the Assembly, Wales is bottom of the UK in education, health, employment and road building, and I must ask why do we need this talking shop where the standard of debate often leaves a lot to be desired?
I do not suggest that our county council or Members of Parliament are perfect, but I have more faith in them looking after the affairs of Wales that what comes out of Cardiff Bay.
I believe it is time we pressurise the Westminster Government to decide the future of the Assembly as they are calling for more power and will eventually unless they are curbed, or we will have home rule.
If there is the need for an extra tier of government in Wales why not have the elected Welsh members of Parliament meet every Friday to discuss special matters relating to Wales at little or no extra cost?
SIR ERIC HOWELLS CBE Llanddewi Velfrey
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