Abolish The Welsh Assembly Party Plaid Diddymu Cynulliad Cymru

Abolish the Welsh Assembly

Whether people like it or not, more and more people are living and working in cities worldwide. Indeed, more than 80% of the 3m population of Wales is now living in, or near the three principal cities of Wales, notably the southern cities of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport. Are the rest of Wales being forgotten about?

As quoted by the Institute of Welsh Affairs “Devolutionists must admit that the Welsh Assembly has failed to achieve the objectives they themselves set for it 1997. It is difficult, arguably impossible, to point to any great improvement in the lives of most Welsh people that justifies the hundreds of millions spent on additional administration in the last eighteen years. The economic gap with England has widened and there is no real evidence of an overall improvement in Welsh public services relative to England. The Assembly itself has not really engaged public attention, judging by the low turnout in its elections and the 2011 Referendum. The contrast with Scotland in this respect is glaring. The appointment of the McAllister Panel is itself acknowledgement that there is a problem, even if it seems unlikely that its proposals will prove the solution”.

The estimated costs of an extra 30 AMs is given at being almost £10million every year although our figures suggest that this is very conservative. No attempt has been made to even consider the possibility of devolving powers from Cardiff Bay to the local authorities where local people could decide on their own policies much as they do now in England.

Basically, the country is being governed by a South Wales urban electorate! They decide on how local services are to be delivered including education, fire, health, transport, housing welfare agriculture, and many more. Before devolution the Welsh Office assumed responsibility for all these matters and devolved many powers to Local Authorities.

Wouldn’t it be better if more powers were granted to Local Councils? Shouldn’t the people of Wales decide how budgets are spent in their own counties, cities and boroughs? Our policy remains that for Wales to grow stronger, healthier and happier the current arrangements are simply not suitable for purpose and whilst we are not averse to devolution per se we are very much against the current organisation. A vote for us in the next election will see a fairer, more effective and representative structure.