Give us the tools to do the job.

Tomorrow sees the referendum on a slicker law making process for Wales’s devolved powers.
Two polls, one for the Western Mail and the second for Y Byd ar Bedwar (analysed on Syniadau), show 2:1 majorities for the Yes vote. In the Yes camp the spin is we’re winning but need a good turnout.
In their annual obsevation on Wales the Guardian gives it’s support.
It’s quite a good assessment to be fair.

It is frustrating that it is necessary to hold a referendum on such matters, especially since almost all political opinion in Wales is in favour anyway. This week’s vote cheapens the currency of referendums. But, since there is to be one, it is also clear that the vote should be in favour of the proposed changes. Laws which only affect the people of Wales should be made in Wales. The Welsh assembly has proved itself competent but a bit hamstrung. It has worked hard to carry Welsh opinion – no small task given the historic scepticism of many Welsh voters over devolution. It needs this extra power. With Wales now due to lose 10 of its 40 Westminster MPs under boundary revisions before 2015, it is more than ever reasonable for the assembly to take effective control over the devolution settlement. Wales should vote yes.

To prove my lack of bias I need to refer to today’s big “No” story:
Lord Touhig to vote No- (from the BBC).……I blame the obviously dodgy ancestry….

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  • qwerty12345

    George Monbiot had an interesting piece touching on the Welsh referendum the other day

    http://www.monbiot.com/2011/02/28/in-love-with-the-state/

    heres hoping for a good turn out.

  • Brian Walker

    Once started, the devolution project should be completed. The existing half way house was absurd.

  • Dewi

    Agree at the absurdity of the current situation…by completed you must mean independence Brian?…I never would have thought it!

  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    Dewi,

    Havent we another bet on this – I think I said lower than 35% ?

  • Dewi

    yep Sanmmy,,,

  • Dewi

    All my instincts are telling me it’s going to be a lot closer than the polls predict so all Yes supporters please get out to vote.

  • Greenflag

    Dewi .

    Have to agree with BW above -once started devolution should be completed . Half way houses and being hamstrung can lead to diversions and disappointnent. But it doesn’t have to end in complete independence . The historical experience of Ireland with it’s first attempts at ‘devolution’ i.e the Home Rule movement ended as it did largely because it was allowed to drag on for too long and then ‘events’ i.e WWI intervened .

    I hope the turnout is high although on what would constitute high in this context I’m uncertain.

  • Cynic2

    “Give us the tools to do the job” ……… so we can waste your money even more efficiently

  • Dewi

    Turnout in the 30%s – looks like pretty comfortable Yes win.

  • Dewi

    Rumours of 75% Yes vote in Rhondda Cynon Taf…

  • Dewi

    First Result: Blaenau Gwent. 68.9% YEs – game over..

  • Dewi

    ..and fairly astonishingly it looks like Flintshire has voted Yes.

  • Dewi

    I love talking to myself – fantastic result – Yes votes in Pembrokeshire and Newport – both big no majorities last time.

  • Dewi

    35.2% national turnout – not as bad as I (and many others) feared.

  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    Dewi,

    Yes great result – I now owe Slugger £20.

    The No campaign didnt really have a case.

  • Dewi

    Flintshire votes Yes: 21,119. No: 12,913

    That’s the single most astonishing election result I have seen in my life.

  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    Dewi,

    Steady on.

    Very low turnout and contrasting motivation between the Yes and No camps. No campaign, probably wouldn’t even attract those against devolution completely.

    Suprise, suprise Monmouthshire says no.