ARGUS COMMENT: Questioning Silk’s report

ARGUS COMMENT: Questioning Silk’s report

ARGUS COMMENT: Questioning Silk’s report

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THE SILK Commission states its work on devolution in Wales is now complete.

That may well be the case, but the two reports produced have raised as many questions as they have answered.

The recommendations in yesterday’s second report by the commission were, if nothing else, diverse.

Arguing youth justice and policing should be devolved, alongside responsibility for large-scale energy projects, and the Welsh Assembly given powers over water policy, is as eclectic a collection of suggested changes as you could wish for.

The suggested devolution of more powers over rail and ports, then possibly devolution of the prison service and an increase in the number of Assembly Members are all included. We agree with Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Johnston that there is no point in devolving powers for the sake of it.

And we do urge caution.

We can’t see how part of the criminal justice system could be devolved but not others. For example Silk proposes devolving police pay but not pensions, which seems to us to be making a complex situation increasingly convoluted.

We also do not support a call to increase the number of AMs. At the moment each constituency has an MP who is involved in legislative work. We also have an AM and regional AMs who are involve in less legislative work. We just do not think an increase can be justified.

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1:50pm Tue 4 Mar 14

KarloMarko says...

I will not be happy until everyone is a paid "Member" of the Welsh Assembly. We have made considerable progress in this direction vis the employment of AMs partner's, grandparents and children down the bay. But much more needs to be done to establish our world class "Family Wales plc."

Of course this may involve a much bigger "iconic" building but think of the construction jobs this will bring. Now is not the time for negative carping. Our motto must br..."One Family, One Bay, Many bonuses!"

Arise Sir Rosemary!
I will not be happy until everyone is a paid "Member" of the Welsh Assembly. We have made considerable progress in this direction vis the employment of AMs partner's, grandparents and children down the bay. But much more needs to be done to establish our world class "Family Wales plc." Of course this may involve a much bigger "iconic" building but think of the construction jobs this will bring. Now is not the time for negative carping. Our motto must br..."One Family, One Bay, Many bonuses!" Arise Sir Rosemary! KarloMarko
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2:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Banjalucka says...

Another Report for dishhing out more cash. They ought to have another investigation and report into how to reduce all these ' sinecures' never alone increasing AM's. Bonkerarmo!
Another Report for dishhing out more cash. They ought to have another investigation and report into how to reduce all these ' sinecures' never alone increasing AM's. Bonkerarmo! Banjalucka
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2:47pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Sometimes says...

Scrap the WAG, merge all the police forces into one, get rid of all the PCC's, reduce the number of councils to 10 with a reduced number of full time councillors, have one body responsible for education in Wales, get rid of the welsh language commissioner. That to me is a good start.
Scrap the WAG, merge all the police forces into one, get rid of all the PCC's, reduce the number of councils to 10 with a reduced number of full time councillors, have one body responsible for education in Wales, get rid of the welsh language commissioner. That to me is a good start. Sometimes
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6:42pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Bobevans says...

NHS in England 'being put under pressure' by Welsh failings

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/health/health
news/10678654/NHS-in
-England-being-put-u
nder-pressure-by-Wel
sh-failings.html


He said failings in Wales were having an impact on the NHS in England, in particular in towns just across the border.

“Although health is a devolved issue, unfortunately failures in care in Wales are now having a direct impact on NHS services in England, with a 10 per cent rise since 2010 in the number of Welsh patients using English A&E departments leading to very real additional pressure on border town hospitals.”

He quoted warnings from Dr Dai Samuel, head of the Welsh Britihs Medical Association, who last year said: “It’s pretty horrific, the level of care being given to patients is compromised, sub-standard - we are seeing a miniature Mid Staffs every day”.
NHS in England 'being put under pressure' by Welsh failings http://www.telegraph .co.uk/health/health news/10678654/NHS-in -England-being-put-u nder-pressure-by-Wel sh-failings.html He said failings in Wales were having an impact on the NHS in England, in particular in towns just across the border. “Although health is a devolved issue, unfortunately failures in care in Wales are now having a direct impact on NHS services in England, with a 10 per cent rise since 2010 in the number of Welsh patients using English A&E departments leading to very real additional pressure on border town hospitals.” He quoted warnings from Dr Dai Samuel, head of the Welsh Britihs Medical Association, who last year said: “It’s pretty horrific, the level of care being given to patients is compromised, sub-standard - we are seeing a miniature Mid Staffs every day”. Bobevans
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