Archive for November 14, 2006

D IS FOR DEMOCRACY MR HAIN

Press Release by the Welsh Conservatives WELSH Conservatives today accused Welsh Secretary Peter Hain of jeopardising the future of devolution in Wales. It follows yet another intervention by the Labour minister into the Assembly’s affairs which could put Westminster and Cardiff Bay at loggerheads. Mr Hain is reported today as claiming a Labour government in London would not necessarily agree to bids for legislation from a coalition administration in Cardiff. Last month the Secretary of State demanded that regional Assembly Members receive smaller allowances than first-past-the-post AMs. He also threatened to step in if Assembly Members couldn’t agree on new standing orders before next May’s elections. The leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the National Assembly Nick Bourne AM said: “I am seriously beginning to wonder whether Peter Hain thinks the democratic process is an inconvenient fact of life rather than something to embrace and work with rather than against. “In recent months he has tried everything he can to undermine the rights and rules of the Assembly to force through his party’s own agenda. “Peter Hain says he supports more powers for the Assembly, but only those that suit Labour’s own narrow interests. “The Secretary of State was quick …..