I must admit I'm in two minds over the proposals by the Tory government The electoral map of Wales is about to be redrawn with the number of Westminster constituencies slashed from 40 to just 29.
My natural tendency is to agree with the Green Dragon in that
"Certainly no one who supports self government for Wales should bemoan or be frightened of this decision",
But part of me wonders if the Unionist claim that we are "Better Together" means they recognise the separate Identity of Wales and Scotland , then the de facto increasing the ratio of English MP's over the rest of the UK can hardly seen as democratic.
There are other reasons including the decision to redraw the map comes at a time of concern about falling numbers of registered voters.
“The proposal by the Boundary Commission to reduce the number of MPs representing Welsh constituencies in the House of Commons from 40 down to 29 is a sad day for democracy.I would like to see to see Zero MPs Wels going to Westminster but as long as there are decisions being made by Westminster that adversely affect us . I believe that there is an argument for more MPs not less.
"This is the latest stage in the Conservative Westminster Government’s decision to cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600. “Wales will have a cut of 11 MPs.
"Despite having only 5% of the UK population, we are being made to bear the brunt of over 20% of that total overall UK cut.”
I also find myself nodding in agreement (for once) with Nia Griffith, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Wales who said:
It maybe that this could be a good thing and concentrate Welsh minds on the Assembly and see calls for major changes in the relationship between the Nations of these Islands and DevoMax rather than DevoDibynbach.
"This substantial cut in the number of Welsh MPs will lessen Wales' voice in Westminster at exactly the same time that Government policies are hitting the communities we represent.
“Any reduction in the number of Welsh MPs will have an adverse effect on the range of support and advice services that MPs' offices provide to constituents.
“If the Conservatives were serious about cutting the cost of politics they would cut the number of unelected peers in the House of Lords, which has ballooned in size with 236 new peers appointed since David Cameron became Prime Minister.”
But as long as we see our young men and Women sent to illegal wars or renewing expensive gestures like Trident in order that politicians can convince themselves "Britain" is still a major power then we need voices in London that speak for Wales.
It is also important we do not forget what is happening in Cornwall with the proposal to force a Devonwall seat on us. Undermining Kernows unique identity
Maybe I could be accused that for someone campaigning for Independence of wanting a piece of the "Devolution Cake" and eating it.
To which I hold my hand up.
Unfortunately we in Wales are a long way from parity with Scotland let alone Independence and as long as we have a cruel governments in Westminster that treat us with contempt we at least need some voices there to speak for us,