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Just two Welsh Labour MPs decided to vote in favour of the ban. Martin Caton represents one of Wales' most scenic constituencies (Gower) and also has the prospect of underground coal gassification one side of him in the Loughor Estuary and fracking the other.
Paul Flynn on the other hand might just be taking the threat of the spokesperson for the Welsh regional branch of the Englandandwales Green Party seriously as Pippa is standing against him in Newport West. Although since Flynn is 1/100 on and Pippa is 100/1 that doesn't look likely.
So this recent turn up does lead me to ponder the following.
- Did Labour abstain against banning fracking on the basis that they knew they would be announcing their jam tomorrow promise of devolving powers over fracking to Wales just a couple of weeks later?
- If Wales, Scotland and Cornwall (do you honestly expect Carlo to allow fracking in his precious fiefdom?) can ban fracking then this means that England will be the only place on this island where fracking will be able to go ahead. Do Labour really think it is a good idea to screw their voters in England over just to score some points in Wales?
- Since Labour do not want 'The Crown Estate' devolved this means that any devolved powers will only be for onshore fracking and not for any fracking that is offshore.
- As all hydrocarbons are owned by The Crown, how will devolving fracking work when the very items they want to be 'fracked' are the property of the UK government?
And then we have the claim that both the GMB and Unite unions put pressure on Labour to not ban fracking.
All in all this is quite a positive turn up, should the English be stupid enough to give us a Labour government then either Wales will have fracking devolved or it'll be another Labour lie. If it is devolved it'll either turn out to be meaningless when they start drilling under our sea bed or it'll also have extra powers to stop this. And most importantly if all this happens it will either lead to England also banning fracking or it will piss off the English massively. But like all promises of jam tomorrow we have to remember why it is the freshest jam and that is because it is only available tomorrow and never today.
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