Welsh politics is 'boring' says expert

Welsh politics is 'boring' says expert

Welsh politics is 'boring' says expert

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WELSH politics is predictable and a bit boring, a financal expert said.

Gerald Holtham, writing for the Institute of Welsh Affairs think tank, said that Labour must provide its own opposition if it is going to re-kindle political interest in Wales.

Labour "does not need to be so defensive," he wrote. "If it debated differences of view in public and acknowledged difficulties openly and honestly, there is no Welsh Daily Mail to run tendentious headlines about ‘splits’."

He said the public views the Assembly a "bit like the Welsh soccer team; we're glad we've got one, even though rather few of us go to the matches."

Mr Holtham said much of the indifference to any further devolution seems to be based on the thought the Assembly should sort out the problems they're already responsible for.

"Welsh politics is predictable and a bit boring. Given the enduring impotence of the opposition and if Labour is to rekindle political interest, it must provide its own opposition – or at least its own political and policy debates," Mr Holtham argued.

Mr Holtham had chaired the Independent Commission on Funding and Finance for Wales which reported back in 2010.

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10:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

theviking666 says...

Labour has no opposition, and the wag is full of second rate politicians looking after themselves.
Labour has no opposition, and the wag is full of second rate politicians looking after themselves. theviking666
  • Score: 9

11:14am Sat 29 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

I suppose Mr Holtham can be considered an expert of sorts in the political sphere, so if he's found Welsh politics boring, just think what the rest of us think.

But saying it's all because Labour are in the majority is like saying a raped girl is to blame for her circumstances.

It's the system and who is to blame lies at the feet of the electorate who voted for the Assembly and devolution nonsense.
I suppose Mr Holtham can be considered an expert of sorts in the political sphere, so if he's found Welsh politics boring, just think what the rest of us think. But saying it's all because Labour are in the majority is like saying a raped girl is to blame for her circumstances. It's the system and who is to blame lies at the feet of the electorate who voted for the Assembly and devolution nonsense. varteg1
  • Score: 7

8:13pm Sat 29 Mar 14

blackandamber says...

varteg1 wrote:
I suppose Mr Holtham can be considered an expert of sorts in the political sphere, so if he's found Welsh politics boring, just think what the rest of us think.

But saying it's all because Labour are in the majority is like saying a raped girl is to blame for her circumstances.

It's the system and who is to blame lies at the feet of the electorate who voted for the Assembly and devolution nonsense.
But did we vote for it?
[quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: I suppose Mr Holtham can be considered an expert of sorts in the political sphere, so if he's found Welsh politics boring, just think what the rest of us think. But saying it's all because Labour are in the majority is like saying a raped girl is to blame for her circumstances. It's the system and who is to blame lies at the feet of the electorate who voted for the Assembly and devolution nonsense.[/p][/quote]But did we vote for it? blackandamber
  • Score: -2

3:33pm Sun 30 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

blackandamber wrote:
varteg1 wrote:
I suppose Mr Holtham can be considered an expert of sorts in the political sphere, so if he's found Welsh politics boring, just think what the rest of us think.

But saying it's all because Labour are in the majority is like saying a raped girl is to blame for her circumstances.

It's the system and who is to blame lies at the feet of the electorate who voted for the Assembly and devolution nonsense.
But did we vote for it?
Well some did, that is why it exists.
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]varteg1[/bold] wrote: I suppose Mr Holtham can be considered an expert of sorts in the political sphere, so if he's found Welsh politics boring, just think what the rest of us think. But saying it's all because Labour are in the majority is like saying a raped girl is to blame for her circumstances. It's the system and who is to blame lies at the feet of the electorate who voted for the Assembly and devolution nonsense.[/p][/quote]But did we vote for it?[/p][/quote]Well some did, that is why it exists. varteg1
  • Score: 1

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