Report this comment
  • "
    allanrees1980 wrote:
    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.
    With a finite budget those 'free' things you are on about come from elsewhere in the pot. Or are you deluded enough to think that 'free prescriptions' aren't funded by cuts elsewhere in the health service? Without people being able to earn more to pay ever higher taxes your 'free everything' will stall. Here's an interesting quote on your fictitious 'equality':

    When half the people realise that, however hard they work, what they earn is taken off them and given away to those who don't earn it, they will stop trying. And when the other half realise that it's someone else's job to earn it for them, why would they try? That is the flaw in the Socialist plan and the end of civilisation."
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.

  • Enter the above word in the box below

Poor 15 years

First published in Letters

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

Comments (17)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree