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  • "Without the Welsh Government we would be associated with a consumerist and market approach that England advocates, no matter if its the Tory's or Westminster Labour. "Where individual economic actors pursue their own interests with little regard to wider implications" Rhodri Morgan 2002.

    Universal policies of free school milk, free nursery and breakfasts for primary children, free swimming, free prescriptions and a caped charge for social care are good examples to support that. Major policy strategies such as Making the Connections and Fulfilled Lives Supportive Communities open vision statements reiterating a commitment to a model of public service deliver that differs from the market-orientated approach of New Labour (Plus the Tory's, Lib Dems and UKIP). The language of policy papers in Wales stresses citizenship, equality of outcome. universality and collaboration rather than competition and consumerism. (Prof Charlotte Williams - Keele University).

    Wales sits to the left of England not just geographically but politically. So if you want your hospitals sold, your schools practically private and every man for himself you go putting that X in the UKIP box. Tory's in with Purple Ties.

    Furthermore we might not be ambitious as people like, but that leads the path of the consumer again. The context of Welsh ambition is different, we're citizens and we should strive to be cohesive."
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Poor 15 years

WALES marks the 15th anniversary of Labour’s record in the Welsh Assembly. For 15 years, Labour has been running Wales into the ground, wasting money and pursuing populist gimmicks while Wales gets poorer and public services are stretched to breaking point.

Against nearly every performance indicator Labour has let down the people of Wales, not only wasting the past 15 years but actively making the problems many people face worse.

After 15 years of Labour, Wales is the poorest part of the UK, is ranked bottom of UK nations in school league tables, has consistently missed key NHS waiting time targets and has seen some of the UK’s highest rises in council tax. Wales is being held back by a Labour administration that has been in place for too long.

It lacks the ambition needed to maximise our powers to best benefit our people. There is an element within the Labour party mainly Labour MPs who don’t want the Welsh Assembly being too successful. As they are afraid of stronger voices calling for the same powers as Scotland and even independence.

Andrew Nutt Heolddu Road Bargoed

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