"The arms that you wield now are not such as your forefathers wielded; but they are infinitely more effective, and infinitely more irresistable" ~ Cymru Fydd leaflet, 1890

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The gift that keeps on giving

So it finally happened then, Cameron and Clegg came down to Cardiff in their ties matching their parties (or possibly the colour of their blood) and gave the Senedd the gift of borrowing and tax raising powers. The tax raising powers are "only if they want them" and they also have the ability to hold a referendum if they so wish.

You can read about it in more detail from Syniadau or The Guardian if you like but here is the highlights of the hand over and our First Ministers response.
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Carwyn has, or course, refused to give the people of Wales what they want. Two thirds of us want tax raising powers but denying us this opportunity allows the Red Tories the chance to hold one in future, perhaps as a bargaining tool for a future budget or coalition deal. Regardless which it is, Wales wants these powers. By not taking these powers Carwyn is reducing the effectiveness of one of his two campaign tools. The first of course is the "we are not the Tories" mantra and the second one is "blame the Tories".

Now whenever Carwyn or any of the Labour in Wales AMs/MPs try and blame the Tories, the rest of Wales will be perfectly within our rights to tell them to grow a backbone and give us our referendum. And before anyone says "not another bloody referendum" the more used to saying yes we become as a nation the easier it will be when we get the big one.

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