In his second blog for Caerphilly Observer, Caerphilly’s Labour MP Wayne David explains why a Yes vote is needed in Thursday’s referendum.
My, my, what a reaction. When I wrote my first blog the week before last, little did I think there would be such an intemperate response from the nationalist fraternity of Caerphilly.
They are clearly a sensitive bunch when it comes to Ron Davies. The only thing I will say in addition is that clearly ‘the truth hurts’.
A few constituents expressed a thirst for more information about the policies I favour. I would suggest they have a glance at my website and they will find a host of press releases and articles on dozens of subjects.
Today, I’m going to say a few words about the Referendum in Wales on March 3. I am strongly in favour a ‘Yes’ vote, not because I see it as a step to an independent Wales but because I believe it will mean a logical extension of the Assembly’s powers. I believe that the case for devolution has always rested on the desirability of decision-making being as close to the people as practicable. Britain, traditionally, has been a very centralised State; the devolution of power to the nations of the UK has now changed that, and a good thing too.
The election of a Conservative-led Government in Westminster has meant that there is now a clear political division between the politics of the Labour-led Government in Cardiff Bay and the Government in Westminster. In all likelihood, Labour will emerge from May’s election either as a majority Government or as the largest partner in a coalition, and it is therefore important for that Government to have enhanced powers to protect the people of Wales, as far as it can, from the reactionary Tory-led Government in Westminster. Obviously, it will always be impossible for Wales to insulate itself against a hostile Government in London but a strong ‘Yes’ vote will do two things.
Firstly, it will send a clear message to the Tories and their Lib Dem cronies in Westminster that Wales rejects their slash and burn policies. And secondly, it will give the Assembly the ability to make laws itself without having to secure the agreement of Westminster. With Labour now in opposition in Westminster, the Assembly will no longer receive a ‘fair wind’ for its proposed laws.
So, my message is clear – on March vote 3 ‘Yes’ and tell the Tories where to get off!
Labour MP for Caerphilly