Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cameron plans less MPs

According to the Financial Times today, David Cameron plans to cut down on the number of MPs if he is elected. This means that Wales could lose maybe 10 MPs or more out of the current 40. Once Wales has full legislative powers, then this, of course makes sense. But until that day, such a move would be premature and would deal a serious blow to democracy and mean that Wales, whose voice is already swamped in parliament, would disappear further from the agenda.

Given that the Tory party refuse to commit to further legislative powers, indeed, they even say that they will re-examine if Devolution is necessary if they win the next General Election, how can Cameron seriously be propsing this? It's just a stupid and populist call, and shows, once again, that proper political representation for Wales isn't important to the Tory party. If I was a Welsh Tory, I'd be ashamed of such a proposal and call on my party leader to state clearly his vision for Wales in the future. The electorate deserve to know the truth about what they would do about devolution and also about political representation in Wales. This matter is fartoo important to play about with after the election, and conservative party members and candidates should push for a decision to be made by the leadership on this issue sooner rather than later. Keeping quiet on this issue is not an option if they ever want the people of Wales to be able to trust them.


Dewi Harries said...

In the modern wonderful business parlance we need a trajectory rapidly approaching zero....Blwyddyn Newydd Dda Heledd.

Aled said...

Is a Labour vote worth more than a Conservative vote ? Thats the current situation, and it's the case in England as well as Wales and Scotland.

Matt Wardman said...

Fewer ;-).

They are not just a quantity of lobby fodder like so much cornflour, even though it may seem like it.

Sorry !

This is worth a look tonight, though:


Harman trying to get AM expenses hidden, too.