It was not a call for Independence or further Devolution nor should it be taken as one but if we are going to go down that road then it represented the values which we should voice every step of the way
But what ever Michael's view on the devolution progress it is clear that it going nowhere for now
News that First Minister Carwyn Jones has blasted the process that led to last week’s so called St David’s Day Agreement in a letter to the Welsh Secretary – branding it “slow to start, ad-hoc and poorly prepared”. shows that there is no Agreement . But unfortunately Carwyn and his Party have left us with no vision beyond Devo/Dipyn Bach
The Wasting Mule claims that "His barbs mark the latest salvo in a political row over the so-called “St David’s Day agreement”
But in reality it is the voice of someone who criticising a party of Hill Walkers setting out to climb Snowdon for they lack of preparedness is as ill- equipped for the journey himself
On Friday David Cameron told an audience at the Millennium Stadium that the introduction of a “funding floor” for Wales and the devolution of extra powers removes the last remaining barrier to an income tax referendum in Wales and we were all expected to shout yippee and that would be the end of the devolution debate for the next five years .
But anyone expecting another vision from Labour can think again because there no call from Carwyn or Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith
After initially rejecting the calls for such a referendum last week, the First Minister has now gone further both in his letter and in the Senedd, warning that the proposals could be used by the UK Government to row back on some of the Assembly’s abilities. Mr Jones told AMs on Tuesday that only “when the details of the funding floor are satisfactorily finalised will we be able even to begin to consider partial devolution of income tax”.
The raft of new powers unveiled included new powers in areas including Assembly elections, fracking, and the offer of “fairer funding”.
So Labour oppose the latest raft of Devo/ Dipyn Bach but when they talk of parity with Scotland they just talk about funding not Powers.
Compare this with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday warning of the £1 billion cost of inequality and austerity on UK growth as she sets out the Scottish Government’s economic strategy.
The Scottish First Minister said she will put “equality and fairness” at the heart of the SNP’s plans to stimulate growth.
“Our economic strategy will set out a long-term vision based on one fundamental principal,” Ms Sturgeon said.If Carwyn Jones even held the same ambition under Devo/Dipyn Bach he hasn't the powers to do anything and it is clear that he doesn't want them.
“By becoming a fairer society, we will also become a more productive and more prosperous society.
“We want to see economic growth that is inclusive, innovative and fairly distributed.
“For too long, our economy has been held back by rising inequality as a result of successive generations of Westminster economic policy. I have been clear that a key priority for this government is to tackle the blight of inequality.”
Nye Bevan opposed welsh Independence . But today he would hardly recognise the party he dedicated his life to and from the where the commemorative Stones now stand and where Michael Sheen made his inspirational speech. Wouldn't he look down at Tredegar and think nothing has changed there it is still entrapped in poverty and party he despised the Tories are still in power and the party he loved his now no different from them.
How can any Socialist think that the future lies with the Union and Westminster ?