Extra members

First published in Letters

I GENERALLY support Dame Rosemary Butler’s views on WAG, but her latest suggestion that more AMs are needed frightens me. There are many people unhappy with the formation of the Assembly as it is. To add another 20/30 members, on the basis WAG will soon get more powers, is re-lighting the anti torch.

Not only would this mean more costs but you can bet that more staff will be needed to add to the 5,000 plus now in post. I can see no justification whatsoever for an increase. I have only ever seen one AM in this area, and that is only when an election is due and they want your vote.

On the face of it Wales is vastly over-governed – community councils for some, unitary councils, WAG, Parliament – and another tier rarely seen in the flesh – the European Member. The cost is ridiculous and I wonder why so many representatives are needed, and why they keep on whinging that they need more of them.

Jim Dyer Stockton Road Newport

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7:34pm Mon 27 Jan 14

scraptheWAG says...

its like asking turkeys to vote for christmas of course they are going to say they need loads more of them and a big pay rise.

After all this vast expense wales is in every way worse of then before the formation of the WAG
its like asking turkeys to vote for christmas of course they are going to say they need loads more of them and a big pay rise. After all this vast expense wales is in every way worse of then before the formation of the WAG scraptheWAG
  • Score: 5

8:43am Tue 28 Jan 14

pwlldu says...

You got 14 AM's that spend our money, the rest holds them to account. Both NI and Scotland got more members, just another example of Wales sold short.
You got 14 AM's that spend our money, the rest holds them to account. Both NI and Scotland got more members, just another example of Wales sold short. pwlldu
  • Score: -7

3:07pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Walter Devereux says...

pwlldu wrote:
You got 14 AM's that spend our money, the rest holds them to account. Both NI and Scotland got more members, just another example of Wales sold short.
Two wrongs don't make a right. I imagine Northern Ireland and Scotland are vastly over-governed too.
[quote][p][bold]pwlldu[/bold] wrote: You got 14 AM's that spend our money, the rest holds them to account. Both NI and Scotland got more members, just another example of Wales sold short.[/p][/quote]Two wrongs don't make a right. I imagine Northern Ireland and Scotland are vastly over-governed too. Walter Devereux
  • Score: 6

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