Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Does D.E.T. agree with Welsh Labour that Ukip are "English nationalists"?

It appears that in a desperate attempt to retain at least one seat in the next Welsh Assembly election UKIP's ruling body has agreed to campaign against devolution in Wales, calling for a poll on the future of the National Assembly for Wales.
It wants a referendum in 2024, on the 25th anniversary of devolution.
With the recent polls seeing them reduced to one seat  they are faced with obscurity in Welsh politics and losing the votes that they have to the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party
In the 2016 election the Abolish the Assembly Party won 4.4 per cent of the regional vote. With Ukip currently on 6" could there be a n electoral pact for the regional list, between the Deco-Sceptic parties?

Gareth Bennett, UKIP's assembly leader, was elected last summer on an anti-devolution platform which was not UK party policy at the time.Welsh Tory leader Paul Davies said it was "out of the question" to think of abandoning the Senedd.The change, which would see the party campaign against the institution if any poll was to happen, was adopted by a unanimous vote of the party's National Executive Committee.
Mr Bennett:said...  .."Devolution is a white elephant which has added nothing to the welfare of people in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. The devolved assemblies are a waste of taxpayers' money, and need to be scrapped.""What the UK clearly doesn't need is this tier of extra politicians who add no value to public life."Most indicators show that Wales' performance has got markedly worse since 1999, when devolved government began. We have to accept that devolution hasn't worked for most people."
    David Rowlands, UKIP AM for South Wales East, said he would personally not want the assembly to be abolished.
    "But I do think the people ought to have a say after 20 years," he said, "in the same way I would be quite happy if, after we come out of the European Union, in 20 years time we ask people if they would like to come back into the EU."
    UKIP leader Gerard Batten said: "Devolution has failed Wales and it is time that the question is put back to the people in the form of a referendum."
    Mr Bennett has been working for months to get the rest of UKIP to back the policy.
    Its AMs do not control the party's policies, which are agreed with the UK-wide partyBBC Wales' St David's Day poll suggested support amongst voters for abolishing the Welsh Assembly stood at 13% - but 46% said they wanted a National Assembly with greater powers.Some 27% preferred the status quo - meaning a majority of respondents backed the institution.
    Plaid Cymru's Dai Lloyd said: 
    "They are an irrelevant party with an irrelevant policy that is not representative of the people of Wales."
    "After being voted for democratically, devolution in Wales has been proudly in place for more than 20 years and it's out of the question to think of abandoning it now."
    Welsh Conservative assembly leader Paul Davies said: 
    "After being voted for democratically, devolution in Wales has been proudly in place for more than 20 years and it's out of the question to think of abandoning it now."
     " Welsh Labour assembly chairwoman Vikki Howells said.
    "UKIP have been laid bare for the inward looking, opportunistic, English nationalists that they are,"
     I wonder what  former Plaid Assembly member  Dafydd Elis Thomas thinks of Vikki Howells statement that Ukip are "English Nationalists"?

    Now sitting as an Independent on the Welsh Goverment benches  we saw  five years ago Dafydd Elis-Thomas, the former assembly presiding officer, condemn Leanne  Wood's description of a vote for UKIP as a vote against Wales in her speech to the Plaid Cymru spring conference.
    He said: 
    "It is facile and assumes a kind of superiority that we decide who is Welsh and who is not Welsh."
    Well it's his Labour colleagues who are now doing just that, has his views changed?

    1 comment:

    Arthur Owen,Caerdydd said...

    I supect that Lord Ellis-Thomas not Vikki Howells was nearer the mark as to basic labour party attitudes.