"This Is No Time To Bloat Welsh Politics Even More"
Shows from the start that it was not going to be balance critique.
.... there is now a serious risk that continual moaning from Cardiff Bay about not having enough AMs, or powers, or money to do the job effectively, and to excuse poor performance, will ultimately lead people in Wales to the conclusion that devolution just does not work.If the events of 2016 teach Welsh politicians anything, it should be that there is nothing inevitable about the future of devolution.
Mr Taylor is perfectly entitled to express opinions and some of his points are valid.
But he completely loses the plot
For he writes
....However Some AMs are saying they can’t do that and provide adequate scrutiny. Well here’s something they should have known before standing for election: politics and being an elected representative can be hard work – it’s meant to be. The best way of proving their worth would be to get on with it.
The United States, with a population of 320 million, has 100 senators, 435 voting members of the House of Representatives and is generally considered to do a pretty effective job of holding the leader of the free world to account.
Mr Taylor seems to be unaware that the USA is Federal Nation with 50 states each with their own Legislature.
Utah Population 2,995,919 for incidence has 104 members consisting of 29 Senators and 75 Representatives,
Iowa Population 3,123,899 has 150 members 50 Senators and 100 Representatives.
Mr Taylor could argue these states have much more powers than the Assembly but he doesn't instead he uses a totally superfluous example.
What of my own views
Well the fact that the 82 number is based on the the proposed 29 Westminster Constituencies electing 3 members is rather a lazy approach.
There is no reason for the Assembly Constituencies to mirror the UK .The Scotland has 73 MP elected to represent first past the post constituencies whilst thre are 59 Westminster Constituencies and of course a similar disparity would occur in Wales if the Westminster proposals go through.
As a supporter of STV I wonder if three is to small a number to see true proportional elections
The chances of a Party winning more than one seat in a Constituency seems slim and we could three parties all on 29 seats .
Although that would be unlikely the largest party would have no more than 35 (out of 82) seats in a very good year which could mean the largest part are never in power as others form a coalition.
We need about 20- 25 constituencies electing 4 or 5 members in a 80-100 member Assembly to get a real working Proportional Assembly or Parliament.
The number of AM is a Chicken and Egg thing in that what comes first increase members or increased powers . Personally i would prefer the former if the latter was to follow quickly
Lets have a proper debate and see decent proposals. But lets not of comparisons with the Legislatures of Federal Legislatures rather than the member states until we are an Independent nation ourselves