Why exactly have we got devolved administration? And what are we doing with it?

Robin Wilson in the BelTel today: It is not practicable for Northern Ireland, Scotland and/or Wales to elaborate distinctive welfare systems, though the Executive should at least have taken a passing interest in the profound debates which have taken place in Scotland and Wales about enhanced fiscal autonomy. And it is utterly pointless to tilt at political windmills by thinking the juggernaut of welfare “reform” can be stopped at the Irish Sea. This especially so as Sinn Fein has supported …

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Concerted Opposition from the Devolved Institutions

Betsan points us to a pretty significant joint declaration of the three devolved institutions. “That the three devolved administrations believe the impending cuts in public spending run the risk of delivering economic and social harm shouldn’t be news to you.That the leaders of the three devolved administrations have signed a joint declaration saying so, very bluntly, is, as one senior source in Cardiff Bay put it, “massive”.” And: “They say, “We believe that promoting economic growth is the best way to …

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