THE ARGUS editorial on the prospect of increasing the number of AMs was wearily predictable. 

The argument is that because of the cutbacks to local authority budgets Wales cannot afford such a “burden.” 

Of course, such budgets are set by Westminster by the block grant so the Argus is effectively handing London a veto on the progress of the National Assembly.

It is demonstrable that the national assembly is under staffed compared to the Scottish and Northern Irish bodies. 

Its responsibilities have increased vastly since its inception,  yet its numbers have not.

Wales is shortly to lose its MEPs; eventually it will lose some of its MPs.

Why do those who carp about the assembly’s performance insist on denying it the tools for the job?

Martyn Vaughan
Squires Gate