Friday, 22 March 2013

New Dead Parrot Sketch.

Over at Subordinate Central LibDem AM Eluned Parrot  makes an attempt to condemn the Welsh Labour Government  Employment  record.

She writes:
Employment amongst adults across Wales still remains higher than England and higher than the UK average the latest figures show.
Unemployment in Wales stood at 8.4% a rise of 0.5% and still higher than the rate of 7.8% in England and the UK as a whole.
Commenting on the figures.
The whole of the UK is facing difficult times.
The Welsh Government have many economic tools at their disposal. It was 18 months ago today that Edwina Hart and Carwyn Jones unveiled Welsh Labour’s attempt at copying England’s Enterprise Zones. Since then, there has been little evidence on the ground that progress is being made or jobs are being created.
We’ve seen the Welsh Government bid against Cardiff Council for two multi-million pound parcels of land in the Cardiff Enterprise Zone, but we still have no idea when construction will start or by what criteria the Government will judge if they are successful. By comparison Birmingham’s Enterprise Zone aims to create 4,000 private sector jobs and boost its local economy by £2.8 billion per year.
Carwyn Jones and Edwina Hart urgently need to step up a gear if Wales isn’t to fall further behind

Of course Ms Parrot skates over her Parties role in Westminster in causing unemployment in the first place.
Nor does she point out/

Unemployment in Scotland fell by 14,000 to 207,000 between September and November 2012 according to the latest official figures and then fell by Scotland fell by 7000, to 200,000 in the period from November 2012 to January 2013, 

It is a now art 7.5  One percent less than Wales which may sound small . But look at it in the context of 1% of a Million and you get  10,000 jobs

So will Ms Parrot  give all the credit to the SNP government for this? I doubt in

What She and the rest of us should be asking is.

  • Are the policies of the  SNP Government  responsible for bucking the UK trend?
  • Is it because the Scottish Parliament  have powers that we in Wales lack ?
  • Is the  very Idea that under Salmond the very existence of Scotland has  been recognised  and they have  the World stage in a way we have not?
  • Its nothing to do with the Scottish Government and merely a coincidence?

What I would bet if the SNP had failed to win a overall majority and the paltry number of LibDem MsP had joined them in a coalition with them or Labour . and if these figures  were the same . Eluned Parrot would be claiming It was their influence that was largely responsible.

I don't know what the real reason or reasons for the difference between unemployment rates in Wales and Scotland..

But for a representative of a Party whose have a role in Westminster in the decimating cuts to blame the government in Cardiff bay seems hypocritical,

Mr. Praline: 'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'erests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked thebucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!
Monty Python 

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