Monday, 22 December 2014

Carwyn proposes a Welsh Free State?

Boy Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has really lost the plot

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales' Sunday Supplement programme, Mr Jones said:

 "We know there is a right of secession from the UK, (but) the people of Wales don't want that, and I'm pretty sure that of that - they want to remain part of the UK.
"If you look at the Irish Free state and its establishment in the 1920, that power was there. Scotland was offered the chance to leave. It didn't, thankfully.
"There is an offer for the people of Wales theoretically, although I am confident - and nor would I ever support the idea of Wales being an independent country - we are quite happy being a strong nation with a strong identity as part of the UK framework.
"But we are not there in terms of the UK framework.
The Irish Free State ? Probably the worst example you could think off.

The Irish Free State  lasted 15 years 6 December 1922 – 29 December and resulted in a brutal and bloody civil war which saw old Comrades fighting against  each other 
Precise figures for the dead and wounded have yet to be calculated. The pro-treaty forces may have suffered between 540–800 fatalities, and the anti-treaty forces appear to have received considerably heavier losses. There is, as yet, no figure for civilian deaths. A minimum figure of 1,000 and a maximum figure of 4,000 deaths (including both combatant sides and civilians) have been suggested.[64]
The use of execution by the Irish Free State in the Civil War was relatively harsh compared to the recent British record. In contrast with 77 official executions by the Irish Free State government, the British had executed only 24 IRA volunteers and the IRA had condemned to death a few dozen enemies during the 1919–21 War of Independence
This  led to bitterness that continues today in the two *current main parties) Fine Gael the inheritors of those who supported the treaty and Fianna Fáil  tthe heirs of those who opposed it
 The King in Ireland was  represented by a Governor-General of the Irish Free State. The office replaced the previous Lord Lieutenant, who had headed English and British administrations in Ireland since the Middle Ages. Governors-General were appointed by the King initially on the advice of the British Government, but with the consent of the Irish Government. From 1927 the Irish Government alone had the power to advise the King whom to appoint

The Queen's Governor Generals do not usually dress up in such finery these days so Carwyn might be disappointed
Maybe Carwyn Sees himself in that\t role
The Free State came to an end in 1937, when the citizens voted by referendum to replace the 1922 constitution. It was succeeded by the sovereign and current state of Ireland.
Of all the examples our beloved First Minister  the Irish Free State is not an ideal one

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Owen Smith catches a Crabb

For a brief moment I thought my current illness  had led me to amnesia and I had missed Christmas and three months and it was April 1st
Both the BBC and Wasting Mule on line give space to the news that 
"Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has launched a strong personal attack on Labour leader Ed Miliband, claiming he “doesn’t give a toss about Wales”.In a wide-ranging interview with WalesOnline, the Preseli Pembrokeshire Tory MP accused Mr Miliband of having a “blind spot” about Wales, and of turning Labour into an “elitist metropolitan party” that was increasingly out of touch with ordinary voters.Mr Crabb contrasted Mr Miliband’s supposed indifference with what he described as David Cameron’s “fantastic record of being pro-Wales”.
He said

 People in Wales particularly businesses say to me all the time – we hear this from the business community all the time – we don’t want to see the two administrations at loggerheads.“Hopefully one of my contributions has been in the last five months getting my colleagues to understand that and the Welsh Government to understand that, getting to a place where we don’t shy away from the political arguments – those are going to loom large in the next few months as we get towards the election.
“But, meanwhile, we roll up our sleeves behind closed doors and we do deals where we can.
“We negotiate and we try to secure good outcomes for the people of Wales, and that’s what I’ve been focusing on.

Maybe Mr Crabb was making a late bis for most ridiculous statement of the year

His Labour Owen Smith MP for Pontypridd counterpart made a valiant attempt to win the prize back

But Mr Smith defended his leader.

He said:
"Coming from a man who has the loneliest job in politics - a Tory secretary of state for Labour-voting Wales - these comments are particularly amusing. Perhaps this is the pressures of the new job beginning to show, so I hope he enjoys his much-needed Christmas break."The truth is Ed Miliband is absolutely focused on the most important issue affecting Wales and the rest of the UK, which is the cost-of-living crisis - caused by this cut-price Tory government."That's why Labour is committed to scrapping the bedroom tax, increasing the minimum wage, freezing energy prices and banning exploitative zero-hour contracts."By contrast, what is Stephen Crabb offering Wales: a £1.7 billion cut to the Welsh budget and now the prospect of reduced Welsh influence at Westminster. That is his legacy to Wales, as the Welsh people will remind him in May."
The Trouble with Mr Smiths approach is that he gives the impression   that there is nothing specific for  Wales being offerd from Labour at Westminster .

He could if he wanted to or was allowed have said that Ed Milliband was committed to give the Welsh Assembly gaining  parity with Scotland.

But no. what we get is  "We will not be as bad as the Tories". guff.

We do not need a Blue- Labour government that maybe just maybe are not as viscious as the last .

We need one that abandons the whole Austerity Agenda  and gives the Welsh Government the powers to address this. 

The tragedy is that for most of the Welsh Electorate its a choice between Tweedledum and Tweedledee . Neither of which gives a dam about us as long as we vote for either and give them seats in Westminster where the MPs will be loyal and abandon any Idea that they might just represent the interests of their constituents let alone their Nation. 

Friday, 19 December 2014

How the Anti-Austerity Parties can beat Media exclusion.

Although the Greens, the Scottish National party and Plaid Cymru in November  joined forces to ask the BBC to rethink its plans to exclude them from the main TV leaders’ debates in next year’s general election.

Although the BBC has launched a public consultation on its election guidelines, but not specifically on its plans for the leader debates.

The BBC and other broadcasters have proposed that the UK Independence party (Ukip) join the Liberal Democrats, Labour and Conservatives in one nationwide debate, followed by a discussion between the three main Westminster parties, culminating in a head-to-head debate between the prime minister, David Cameron, and the opposition Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

Green, SNP and Plaid leaders

A real Alternative that deserved to be heard

ON Monday First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood and leader of the Green party in England and Wales Natalie Bennett have stated that all three parties will unite whenever possible to battle the Westminster parties’ obsession with austerity.

During a meeting at Westminster tthe three party leaders said that with no end yet in sight to the failed austerity agenda of the Westminster parties, the General Election next May is an opportunity to change UK politics for the better.

A medsage that needs to be put out .

If the media exclusion does not change. I would like to suggest an alternative.

After the 4 Grey Men have had their say on the mainstream media . The three Anti-Austerity leaders should hold a joint debate (probably in London ) ,where they answer the most relevant questions proposed   to the four who will al be on the right and offer no .alternative to the Austerity programme.

It should be recorded live and then it will be up to those of us to stream it on the Social Media making it clear that these are the answers the establishment  did not want you to here . 

On Facebook  when it comes to Likes. Plaid have 11285 SNP 178,419 and the Green party in England and Wales 120,638 likes

If everyone who used this media and "liked" one or more of the above passed this on we could reach a huge amount of people.

After the First debate in the last general election Plaid saw its share in the vote  fall and it could well be argued they were heading to win Ynys Mon and Llanelli before all the publicity went to the three main parties and Clegg media.

There is an alternative out there,

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

EVEL English Votes For English ( and Welsh) laws.

English MPs would have a veto over any legislation only affecting England, under Tory plans presented today.
William Hague, the Commons leader, said his party’s reform, drawn up following the decision to devolve wide-ranging powers from Whitehall to Scotland, was inspired by a “fundamental issue of fairness for all the people of the United Kingdom”.

He points to four possible options for English Votes for English Laws  (EVEL) at no stage is there mention pf Wales so it seems rather like the England and Wales cricket board  where th national team are only refers to as England in areas where powers are not deferred to the Assembly Welsh MPs are deemed to be English

The Independent tells us that

Option 1 (Con): Exclude Scottish MPs altogether
The most radical option, it would change forever the nature of United Kingdom as we know it. It would exclude Scottish MPs from debating and voting on swathes of legislation (such as health, education and in future taxation) which does not affect Scotland. Scottish MPs would in effect become "second class" Members.

If Scottish MPs are second class members Welsh MPs would be third class . It could mean a Parliament within a parliament . With English MPs having the sane devolved powers as Scottish MSPs .T could lead to a Majority of English MPs being Tories and having no Welsh representation . Welsh MPs will have no real say in the decisions (rather like now).

Option 2 (Con): Give English MPs power over the detail of Bills

This is a slightly watered-down version of the first option, but still amounts to a virtual veto for English MPs.
Only they would vote at the crucial Committee and Report stages of Bills, where legislation can be amended. All MPs could vote at the final Third Reading, where Bills cannot be amended. This option would give English MPs “the decisive say”, the command paper says.
Again there no mention of Welsh (or Northern Irish MPs)will they have imput?
Option 3 (Con): Give English MPs a veto
The committee stage of Bills affecting England would only be taken by an English Grand Committee of MPs in proportion to their parties’ representation in the Commons.
The English Grand Committee could have other powers, including over the allocation of local council finance or police grants. MPs from across the UK would be able to sit at other stages of Bills.
If English Mps have a Veto then surely this should also apply to Welsh MPS  vetoing laws that affect Wales . For instance raising Airport Duties which  is deemed by Cameron and by Labour (or not|) wales is not worthy of having these powers devolved.

Option 4 (Lib Dem): Give English MPs a veto - with proportional representation
Same as option 3, but with the crucial proviso that English MPs voting at committee stage should be selected in proportion to the votes cast in England rather than the number of seats won.
Again What of Welsh MPs? . I Actually it could give  the Tories in Wales more say as if their votes do not match  their seats .

I share with the LidDems the need for PR but really!

This would  effectively means that a the English Parliament  within a parliament   as a form of PR which is not applied in any Western Democracy as far I know)

We can only ponder if Ffion lent over Hague's shoulder as he was drawing up this dog 'breakfast and said . 

You remember you were once Welsh Secretary where do we fit in?

Alas if it happened there was no answer.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Welsh Labour Hypocrisy over Airport Tax.

If you ever doubted that  you can't trust Labour or  the Wasting Mule take the latter reporting that First Minister Carwyn Jones "has warned that the UK Government will be “discriminating” against Wales if it devolves Air Passenger Duty to the Scottish Parliament but not the National Assembly."
The Welsh Labour leader (Well one of them)  met with Prime Minister David Cameron and newly-appointed Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Who is aLeader)at a session of the Joint Ministerial Committee in Downing Street.
Mr Jones said he was told by the prime minister that “nothing is off the table in terms of discussions regarding more powers for Wales for the future”.
However, he was concerned that he did not receive assurances he wanted about the impact on the NHS of a multi-billion pound US-EU trade which is being negotiated.
Speaking moments after leaving Downing St, Mr Jones restated his demand for Wales to be offered the same package of powers – which include full devolution of income tax and welfare powers – as have been recommended for Scotland by the Smith Commission.
So maybe Carwyn and the Mule can answer why in April  2013 when Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards tabled an amendment to the UK Government’s Finance Bill in a bid to speed up transfer of control of Air Passenger Tax to the Welsh Government.
Pointing out that devolving the airport duty is one of the recommendations of the recent Silk Commission Report. Mr Edwards is urging Labour MPs to support his amendment.
He said
The UK Government-sponsored Silk Commission in its first report recommended the full devolution of minor taxes such as Airport Duty, Aggregates tax, business rates, landfill tax and Stamp Duty, in addition to a tax-sharing arrangement for income tax.
There are three important reasons why the Welsh Government should be empowered with fiscal powers as advocated by the Silk Commission.

So ow many Welsh MPs suppoted the  Amendment ? Welsh not British provided us with the answer 

 Only Four MPs bothered to support this the three Plaid and one Liberal Democrat.

Not one Labour MP in Westminster and now Carwyn "has warned that the UK Government will be “discriminating” against Wales if it devolves Air Passenger Duty to the Scottish Parliament but not the National Assembly."

Sheer Hypocrisy?

Or the simple fact that Carwyn has no real say in how Labour really wants Wales to be treated equally with Scotland.

Is it not time we had clarity on who leads Labour in Wales, Carwyn Jones or Owen Smith?

How much longer can we have one in Cardiff Bay coming up with one Policy and another in Westminster doing exactly the opposite?

In the meantime, I take every utterance from Labour about Wales being treated equally with Scotland wit a pinch of salt.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Branch Manager Jim Murphy Neo-Liberal Hawk.

Could the election of Jim Murphy the new Branch Manager of labour in Scotland see that Party looking even further right for votes?

Murphy us a member of The Henry Jackson Society a Britishn think tank. named after Henry M. Jackson, the late Democratic Senator and anticommunist defence hawk.i

Originating within the University of Cambridge, the organisation is now based in London. In April 2011 the entire staff of another London think-tank , the Centre for Social Cohesion (which has since been dissolved), joined the Henry Jackson Society. It is a society based on the premise that the best way to preserve democracy is to impose it abroad.

You are hardly likely to se a member of this Society opposing Trident or calling for an investigation into Tony Blair and the dodgy dossier.

Indeed I suspect despite its laudable commitment to Human Rights we will not see much call for an investigation into Britains role in the US torture of Terrorist suspect.

It principles are laid out as

  • Believes that modern liberal democracies set an example to which the rest of the world should aspire.
  • Supports a ‘forward strategy’ – involving diplomatic, economic, cultural, and/or political means -- to assist those countries that are not yet liberal and democratic to become so.
  • Supports the maintenance of a strong military, by the United States, the countries of the European Union and other democratic powers, armed with expeditionary capabilities with a global reach, that can protect our homelands from strategic threats, forestall terrorist attacks, and prevent genocide or massive ethnic cleansing.
  • Supports the necessary furtherance of European military modernisation and integration under British leadership, preferably within NATO.
  • Stresses the importance of unity between the world’s great democracies, represented by institutions such as NATO, the European Union and the OECD, amongst many others.
  • Believes that only modern liberal democratic states are truly legitimate, and that the political or human rights pronouncements of any international or regional organisation which admits undemocratic states lack the legitimacy to which they would be entitled if all their members were democracies.
  • Gives two cheers for capitalism. There are limits to the market, which needs to serve the Democratic Community and should be reconciled to the environment.
  • Accepts that we have to set priorities and that sometimes we have to compromise, but insists that we should never lose sight of our fundamental values. This means that alliances with repressive regimes can only be temporary. It also means a strong commitment to individual and civil liberties in democratic states, even and especially when we are under attack.

It has the support of a number of MPs  some of who Murphy my be embarrassed to be associated with


David Amess MP
Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP, Chairman of the Defence Committee
Bob Blackman MP
Nick Boles MP
David Burrowes MP
Alistair Burt MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Middle East, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Chariman of the Committee of Selection
Damian Collins MP
David Davies MP, Chairman of the Welsh Affairs Committee
Rt Hon David Davis MP, Former Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Nadine Dorries MP
Mike Freer MP
James Gray MP
Robert Halfon MP
Stephen Hammond MP
Bernard Jenkin MP, Chairman of the Public Administration Select Committee
Daniel Kawczynski MP
James Morris MP
Sir Richard Ottaway MP, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee
Priti Patel MP
Mark Pritchard MP
Dominic Raab MP
Amber Rudd MP
Robert Walter MP
Julian Lewis MP
Nadhim Zahawi MP
Henry Smith MP

Douglas Carswell MP is the Tory Mp who defected to Ukip one can only wonder  where Stressing  the importance of unity between the world’s great democracies, represented by institutions such as NATO, the European Union and the OECD, amongst many others.

Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP, Former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP, Former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP, Former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Chris Bryant MP, Former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Dai Havard MP
Khalid Mahmood MP
Meg Munn MP, Former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Gisela Stuart MP
Derek Twigg MP, Former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Defence

Liberal Democrat
Dan Rogerson MP
Douglas Carswell MP

 Carswel is  the Tory MP who defected to Ukip one can only wonder  where Stressing  the importance of unity between the world’s great democracies, represented by institutions such as NATO, the European Union and the OECD, amongst many others.

Yes three Welsh Mps Chris (no surprise here ) Bryant MP for the  Rhondda and  Dai Harvard the invisible MP for Merthyr Tydfil  and of course David Davis MP for Monmouth so right wing he's in danger of falling of the ledge,

A pretty ragbag  what so called socialist could even think about being in the same organisations as Nadine Dorris?

Some time ago some Conservative MSP were pondering  a name change in Scotland to remove the Toxic image of that party there . With Murphy they could probably change it to "New Labou"r there doesn't seem to be much of a difference.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Labour elect new Scottish Branch Manager

The website political betting may lead you to assume that it is there to give a balanced view of the political climate  and analyse polling  for instance to give punters some advice.

But its reaction to the elrction of Jim Murphy as Labours Branch Manager in Scotland might lead some to look elsewhere before placing their cash ,

Mike Smithson the author uses Murphy's first tweet to set the unionist agenda

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Mike Smithson writes

like the way in his first Tweet Murphy has shaped the battle with the SNP – is the prize a fairer Scotland or Independence. It’s a powerful message but he and his party are a long way behind.Given the polling there’s a huge burden on his shoulders and Labour must be hoping that he can turn the situation round. Every seat that Scottish LAB can claw back reduces the target for the party in England and Wales.Let’s hope there is some new post-Murphy election Scottish polling.
What makes me think he hopes that it will a swing back to Labour.

But on that Tweet Murphy may have already put  himself on dodgy ground.

There is no Indication that Labour in London will reverse the coalition policies. 

The only commitment against asturity comes from Plaid,SNP and Greens.

A fairer Scotland and Wales can only come when we reject the established Westminster Partiesof  whatever colour (Though they all seem to be blue these days ) and seek  Independence not for the sake of it but because its the only wat we can achive it,