And Lo it came to pass.
Andrew RT Davies says that there is still too much confusion in the public’s mind between the National Assembly and the Welsh Government, and that changing the name of the former would help better understanding.
The Wales Office, however, has already poured cold water on the idea, with a senior source revealing Cheryl Gillan was “surprised at the proposal” and that it was not a priority.
Mr Davies said:
“For years, confusion has understandably existed amongst the Welsh public in distinguishing between the Welsh Assembly Government and the National Assembly for Wales.
“The rebranding of WAG to Welsh Government has helped mitigate that, but we believe the time has come for Wales’ devolved institution to lose the Assembly tag and brand itself as a proper Welsh Parliament – strengthening the distinction between legislature and executive whilst giving it the accolade the people of Wales afforded it in last year’s referendum.
“The process for this to happen is very simple. One small amendment to the Government of Wales Act 2006 would be all that needs to happen to change the National Assembly for Wales into the Welsh Parliament.
“No expensive rebrand, no new buildings, no more politicians, no new protocol, but what a statement it would be. A statement that shows that Wales is a nation with a strong legislature in a strong United Kingdom.”
A fair point But should we need to do this in this manner.
The Westminster Parliament is divided into two houses ,The Commons and the Lords so in reality all members of the House of Lords are also Member of Parliaments and Cameron et al should be called members of the House of Commons.
The Scottish Parliament was is the inheritor of The Parliament of Scotland, officially the Estates of Parliament, was the legislature of the Kingdom of Scotland.
The current Parliament is as an unicameral chamber and even if the Independence referendum fails it may be the Devomax may result in a call for a second chamber which means that the existing chamre will have to be given a new name.
A similar problem may be what to call an English Parlaiment since Westminster id the historic English Parliament and it may mean that it would need a new name but probably not an English Assembly.
The Welsh Assembly is a unicameral chamber But the building is called the Senedd which translates closely to parliament.
So if Devomax came to Wales and a second chamber needed the current chamber could remain as the Assembly with the two falling under the name Senedd.
So may be instead of calling for a Welsh parliament we should use the title Senedd more often to describe our equivalent of Scotland .
If we want to promote the image of the Government of Wales mote positively .
Bur why not use our own term?
In Ireland Dáil Éireann is the lower house, but principal chamber, of the Oireachtas (Irish parliament), which also includes the President of Ireland and Seanad Éireann (the upper house).( though this is set to be abolished ).
Though perhaps the chamber could be renamed in a similar manner .I would presume that there is a Welsh Term similar to that from where Dáil came from.