Friday, 2 October 2015

Crab moves sideways.


Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has said the likelihood of the UK and Welsh governments reaching agreement on the next stage of the devolution is now “very, very low”.

A Draft Wales Bill will be published later this month which is due to put the National Assembly on a Scottish-style footing, so AMs can make laws in any area not specifically “reserved” by Westminster.

For many it looks like its aim is to limit any further  Devolution and Pedryn
Drycin clearly has a better understanding of the complexities of this so maybe you should look here .



First Minister Carwyn Jones has pushed for the creation of a separate Welsh legal jurisdiction, warning that without it any settlement is bound to be “phenomenally complicated”.


Mr Crabb resists this argument, stating:  .
“Carwyn and some of the academics and some more nationalist lawyers have been talking about a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales. The vast, vast majority of the body of law that affects Wales and the interests of Wales is done on an England and Wales basis.
 However you don't have to be an Engineer or Trainspotter to realise the Wheels of a Locomotive needs Oiling.


To somehow try to unpick that now is a massive, massive exercise – hugely costly. The members of the judiciary in Wales that I speak to, who have made their careers – and many of them very successfully in the High Courts in London – think, actually, it would be a massive detrimental step to try and recreate that on a very small basis in Wales.”
Why hasn't Crabb talked to the judiciary here in Wales? and many polticians from wales have made their careers in London is that stil an argument against Devolution?

and anyway Scottish Advocates have stil made London Carrers some like Lord Mckay and Lord Irvine reaching the heights of Lord Chancellor before the Constitutional Reform Act 2005



Crab comtinued : 

 “This idea of a separate legal jurisdiction is something of a red herring. It’s quite a dangerous one because it risks Wales losing out and at the moment Wales punches above its weight in the judiciary.
“I don’t think it’s impossible to carve out a much clearer devolution arrangement in the context of a single jurisdiction for England and Wales. It presents challenges, of course it does, but it’ not impossible.
“Those people, particularly those of a nationalist mindset, want to use this as an argument for furthering their ultimate goal which is the separation of Wales from the United Kingdom, which I absolutely don’t support.

To be fair to Crabb he and his fellow Unionist have realised long before many Nationalist or those seeking parity with Scotland that preventing a separate Welsh legal system like the Scottish one that existed even before the creation of the current Parliament will make any further devolution to Wales in the same mode as Scotland  difficult if not impossible.

Instead we get measures claiming to make the current settlement clearer but in reality hamstring the Welsh Government of whatever makeup . 

 

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