“There must be a substantial proportion of people in Gower who are pretty prosperous. It’s the kind of place like north Cardiff that if it were in England you just wouldn’t be surprised if it returned a Conservative.“There’s this sort of cultural thing in Wales that a lot of middle class people who have got a memory of being working class or having working class grandparents or something sentimentally still vote Labour. I think probably as time goes on that’s going to fade.“It is true that Labour probably can’t rely on a tribal or a sentimental vote in the way it used to be able to do...
“That’s why it’s got to think hard about what we are really trying to achieve.”He makes an intrestung point that Labour
played on public fears for the National Health Service but said nothing positive about how it would actually tackle the service’s manifold problems on a tight budget. It complained about poverty and inequality but presented no credible prospectus for their solution apart from a couple of patently, indeed risibly, inadequate tax changes.”He could have perhaps should have added that in Wales although the NHS in Wales was devolved it played a prominent part in all the parties campaigns but as it was Labour who are running it here their steerage was found wanting and the Tories in particular exploited this
“Thirteen years in power and vast majorities have left almost no imprint on society, the economy, or on public loyalties. The two policies of which they boast – devolution and the minimum wage – were hangovers from the John Smith regime and were adopted without enthusiasm.
“What else was to be expected of a project whose principal aim was to take Labour to power and keep it there? Anything to be achieved was subsidiary to that.
“Power was won but achievements were predictably small.
It is said John Smith would refer to Scottish Devolution as unfinished business and it came as a shock to many in the Shadow Cabinet the time that he realty meant it.
The problem for Labour particularly in England is that the |Tories lost in 1997 rather than Blair one . The electorate were tired of a government that seemed to permanently in power split over Europe and almost daily scandals .
What they got was a government which to all intent and purpose was largely a Mark 11 Tory government which did nothing to reverse Thatcherite policies and half heartily delivered Devolution i which they hoped would "shoot the SNP's fox" and make sure Wales got a form of devolution that even a Left leaning Assembly could not take a path that was radically different .to Labour London masters
Like Holtham i am not presenting any answers for Labours dilemma bit that is because I see no future in backing a Party that has constantly Betrayed what by 2020 will be nearly a century of trust of the Welsh electorate .
Its time they were replaced as the voice of Wales in the Assembly and for as long as we sent representatives there Westminster.