The Government we deserve!

I’ve been away ten days watching from a distance the shenanigans going on in the UK. It would be amusing if it were not tragic.  The union is in great peril and the ‘Great’ in Great Britain is all but lost.

One of the most extraordinary profiles to arise is the paradoxically whimsy for self-government, which flies in the face of the idea of being a member state of the European Union. (Distant regulator, unelected Government vs Home Rule) Yet the Scottish Nationalist Party and Plaid Cymru both claim to want to remain in the EU.

The Welsh Assembly is conceivably the most useless instrument of government yet conceived elected as it was by the tiniest majority 20 years ago.  A majority I believe of around 6000 souls out of 29% of the electorate who bothered to turn out.  Since then the Assembly in Cardiff has grown like topsy and has become the world’s leading exponent of kicking the can down the road.

The Scottish Parliament is rather more full blown, but is still wary of making difficult choices about fiscal issues and consistently bang on about independence and the delights of being subservient to Brussels rather than London.

Westminster is clearly full of essentially do-gooders, who in most part are no more switched on than their constituents, once elected they believe they have a responsibility for the wealth and welfare of their constituents.  Unfortunately their constituents don’t see that.  MP’s are often seen as self-important bureaucrats who are essentially looking after themselves.

The political parties have shown themselves to be crumbling towers of Babel where no one understands the electorate or what drives their constituents.  The constituents, or voters, are for the most part entirely ignorant of matters economic and political and who were given a referendum choice which no one understood then and no one understands now.

Our two/three party system which is entirely class based, ‘workers’ often ‘out of work, workers’ used to vote labour, and those with a few bob used to vote Tory, those who thought they knew better voted Liberal.  All their supporters were self-centred, and in the most part knew nothing of geo-politics, economics or indeed about anything outside their narrow sphere.  So we evolved to this shambles.

Enter Boris Johnson, egocentric clown, character and comedian.  Prime Minister?  Well maybe, a clown is what we’ve got and that’s what we probably deserve. Is”

Wales, closed for business?

Wales, closed for business?  The M4 relief road abandoned. 

The M4 – let’s wait another thirty years! Let the people of Newport choke.

Where will all the electric vehicles go? Not to the congestion that is inescapable along the M4.

Thirty years on, twenty since self government and at least £44mn pounds later, the decision is no.  You can’t accuse the Welsh government of rushing to conclusions.  Since 29% of the electorate bothered to turn out to vote on Welsh self-government 20years ago with just a 6,300 majority in favour, the Welsh have the apathetic government they deserve.

The whole of this sorry period has been overseen by an ineffective legislature which has by and large failed to make any decisions of worth.  Examples include Chief executives of failed Health Boards continuing to hold their jobs despite spectacular failure, (Their English counterparts fired/resigned) Any project from the Ebbw Vale redevelopment, Swansea Bay, and now the M4 have all turned to dust.  Yes of course, these projects have issues, but the M4 decision should have been a no-brainer.  The Welsh Government simply bottled it, kicked the can down the road.

This is a government that prefers to say no, this is a government that is afraid of risk.  This is a government unfit to be in power.  This is government of obdurate labour supporters determined to oppose anything good or bad that comes from central government at Westminster.

The first ministers with perhaps one exception have been non leaders, bureaucrats, smug in their political coats of red.  Indecisive and glib of tongue, these second rate aspirants have revelled in parochial power, whilst accepting none of the real challenges of supporting an enterprising Wales.

They speak in addled terms of their attitude toward the EU whilst at the same time proclaiming their delight at receiving support for deprived areas.  It would be a delight if, instead, they did something to alleviate these deprived areas with enterprise, renewal and energy.

The Welsh are a proud nation, how long will they tolerate this sort of botched government.  Maybe this dreadful decision will wake the electorate up to vote in numbers for a more dynamic Wales. The party that waits in the wings is Plaid Cymru, and whilst they are hardly re-known for being outward looking, they surely will be more enterprising than Welsh Labour. 

Unionists are not confined to Northern Ireland, many would do well to remember that the United Kingdom is our home and Wales an essential part of it.

 Many are opposed to the breakup of the Union, and the direction of travel of the SDP, but at least they have a personable and articulate leader who pushes for Scotland at all times.

This a wake up call for the Welsh nation and its political future, wake up! not only in the National Stadium but also at the ballot box.