The call by the Electoral reform Society for the number of AMs in the Welsh assembly to be increased from 60 to 100 in order for them to properly scrutinise the government, has much merit.They found it had a much smaller number of AMs compared to similar law-making bodies around the world.
Although how many are as impotent due to lack of any real powers must be open to question?
The Scottish Parliament has 129 members,but it is a Parliament and has much more powers than our Assembly .
The Northern Ireland's Assembly has 108. But that reflects the need to ensure representation from all quarters of the Six Counties and that is also why they use STV for elections rather than our Assemblies top up.
The report, Size Matters - Making the National Assembly more effective, says the backbench AMs are badly overstretched and are struggling to effectively scrutinise a "powerful and well-resourced" government.
At the moment the Assembly siambr was deliberately designed to increase to 80 members in anticipation of more powers needing more members .
Which alas we are still waiting for.
It will be hard in these times when we are having savage cuts in our local authorities which will see our Libraries close amongst others. It will be hard to justify an increase in Assembly Members even if the number of Welsh MPs are cut..
This may not be the time as others have argued to push for this but with an increasingly bleak future . I can't see any increase in the number of AMs .no matter how much we need it.
But we are going to need them within the next 10 years But it would be helpful if those AMs who still sit as County Councillors sat in only one chamber . Plaid's Lindsay Whittle Caerphilly) and Lib Dem Peter Black (Swansea) springs to mind.
Its pretty hard to argue that you are overworked if you are doing two jobs.