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Why did David Cameron ignore the devolution question?

WHEN David Cameron decided to host his Welsh question and answer session just down the road in the seaside town of Barry, the topic of Welsh devolution was always going to be hot on the agenda.

So it baffled us when he waffled his way through devolution questions and concluded the issue should be pushed to one side, yet again.
The first referendum about Welsh devolution took place in 1997, leaving Wales with a partly devolved Wales government.

Earlier that day Mr Cameron had said people care more about job losses and home losses at the moment rather than matters like devolution.
These are certainly issues on peoples’ minds but this does not mean other the devolution issue should disappear under the carpet.

He argued that the people of Wales did not care whether Wales had more or less power but only if the legislative power would make a difference. Let us leave the processology of devolution to other people, he said. This leaves us wondering,  leave it to who?

It is surprising that the leader of this government’s main opposition, who seems destined to occupy 10 Downing Street, has failed to understand what is in Welsh people’s minds when it comes to politics.

Given the amount of homework he did on other topics – he managed a few Tony Blair jokes and even managed to drop local colloquialism “lush” in to the answer of one of his answers- it was surprising he failed to do his homework on this particular topic. And you could see the frustration in the audiences’ eyes as he refused to give further clarity on the issue – one man, a frustrated former Tory, walked out.

The issue has been pushed aside too many times. There may be a recession under foot but this does not mean everything else should be stuck in limbo? The recession could go on for another 10 years as far as we know – does this mean the question of devolution will be put off until then?

And once the recession is over, the question everyone is wondering is whether there will be yet another excuse after the recession has ended.
This can be deemed somewhat symbolic. Does Mr Cameron’s dismissive attitude demonstrate his overall disregard for Wales as a nation?
Let us hope not. This country cannot afford to be pushed down the agenda.

This argument has been going on long enough. Wales needs another referendum so decisions can be made. We need clarification so we can make plans for the future.

Perhaps there are worries that decentralisation of the Welsh government is a nostalgic step back into the past. However, it is essential for Wales’ social, economic and political future.

Either way, we need to make decisions now.


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