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    Llanmartinangel wrote:
    The People's Republic of Newp wrote:
    Llanmartinangel wrote:
    pwlldu wrote:
    Monmouthshire Merlin says... JohnReadwood the the welsh sec returned millions of unspent NHS money back to London without a second thought. The welsh office were a bunch of unelected civil servants and its boss was an unaccountable MP who couldn't get voted out by the people of Wales. Both Labour and Tory parties are still puppets to their payroll masters in London. Who is to say that if Wales voted yes in 1979 Wales wounldn't faced pits closing. Some element of the Labour party still want the Welsh aeembly not to be sucessfull. English based parties have the wrong policies for Wales.
    What are you on about? The civil servants in the WAG are now ten times in number and just as 'unelected'. The Welsh Assembly will never succeed whoever runs it because it's a totally flawed construct. No problem was ever solved by creating more politicians and cvil servants. Or haven't you noticed. It just costs ten times as much.
    Do you in any way, shape or form understand how government operates? How governance is assured? How scrutiny takes place? How the democratic process is managed? You seem to think its a case of getting a few bods in the room to write cheques.

    And no civil servant is elected. To do so would be to undermine one of the hallmarks of constitutional democracy i.e. the political independence of the civil service as a counterpoint to the very much political elected Government.
    Given that you seem to be having trouble reading, I'll point out that my comment on the civil servants being 'unelected' was a reply to the post I was answering, I.e unelected civil servants at the Welsh Office. The fact remains that WAG has cost £billions since it's inception and yet no-one has yet articulated a single tangible benefit for that obscene outlay. And neither have you.
    Costs billions in the sense that the operation of services in Wales cost billions when retained by the UK Government, pre-devolution.

    My sincere apologies (pithy) for the paucity of my knowledge when it comes to mid 19th century newspapers.

    I will however offer up an actual apology for my comment on your riposte to the earlier statement on the 'unelected Welsh office' civil servants... Rushed in there somewhat."
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Make us equal

First published in Letters

IF SCOTLAND votes Yes that’s the end of the British state. If they vote No, they could end up with devolution-max, with only defence and foreign affairs reserved here to Westminster.

Are you seriously saying that the people of Wales are going to be content with a settlement that doesn’t even take us up to where Scotland is now?

Andrew Nutt Heolddu Road Bargoed

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