Then he went on to say look I’m doing radical things with the public services in England and there are lessons here for you all. So like a benevolent parent, he won’t interfere but he’ll keep on saying, "dad knows best and you should listen."
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
PM leaves Palace to mix it with AMs
Well, its all part of the respect agenda. The annual visit of the PM to the Assembly. He came to the Assembly shook hands with Carwyn Jones, spoke to Assembly Members for fifteen minutes at the Assembly, took no questions and was away. That’s your lot Wales, box ticked, over and out.
Although to be fair to him, he didn’t do a Blair. For dear Tony used the occasion not so much to praise Rhodri but to praise himself for having the foresight and wisdom to take the country into war against Iraq.
At least David Cameron made his theme - Wales. Oh how he played to the Welsh vanity. The first industrial nation, architect of the NHS, the Mabinogi and the Eisteddfod oh what a list. And to keep the nationalists sweet Wales was a country not a region. So there we have it.
He said that there was no going back on devolution. A message to the backwoodsmen in his party, it’s here to stay, so stop your whinging.
But for those that pushed for the law making powers a message too. Now that you’ve lot got these powers you’d better start exercising some responsibility. So shortly a Calman style Commission will be announced and consensus is needed on responsibility for raising the money that you the Assembly are so keen to spend.
Well, he didn’t actually spell it out but that was the implication. So great, another committee, sorry, a commission to talk finance, but not a word said about fairer funding.
His briefing papers must have told him how the Welsh love a committee and he’s come up trumps. Not just a committee but a commission. How about that then?
So there we are, he’s come and gone and oh he did bare gifts. Well, one gift at least. He announced £56.9m to pay for a super broad band. So the geek vote’s in the bag now.