Thursday, 13 March 2008

Economic Development is lame

Peter Hain (maintaining a low profile) has told BBC Wales he is concerned Welsh Ministers are failing to plough enough investment into boosting private companies:

The assembly government had given too much priority to spending money on public services... I do not think Wales can compete with China and India in the future, let alone with Eastern Europe today, unless we have the best skills.
It's as if the general thought in Wales is one of the Welsh public having short memories. Transport yourself to 2011 and the next Assembly election - surely Peter doesn't think that he's starting the ball rolling when it comes to setting up the current Minister for the Economy and his party for a fall - Welsh Labour have been in power since 1999, and Labour (UK) since 1997.


Dotcommentator 14 March 2008 at 09:34  

Hain said something in Parliament to this effect during the St David's Day debate:

Anonymous 14 March 2008 at 11:22  

He hasn't changed his opinions since the 1990 - why doesn't Labour in the Bay listen to thier own
May be he should join them officially - and who knows may be this is the start of a bid to be come the next first minister
Big Fish Small Pool - better than Pool no Water

Miss Wagstaff 14 March 2008 at 11:42  
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Miss Wagstaff 14 March 2008 at 11:50  

It looks like he's keeping his hand in with the new Wales 2020 pamphlet, not that he'll be brought back in this parliament.

Southpaw Grammar 14 March 2008 at 18:42  

In truth i think its a timely and quite necessary pamphlet.

I think we all get a bit cynical sometimes, someone comes forward with an organic idea within a party, and its all in the 'party split' prism, then the very same people whinge about lack of independent thought...odd that.

Anonymous 14 March 2008 at 21:01  

why does it have to be about setting Plaid Cymru up, Plaid are doing that well themselves, can't it just be that Peter Piper is missing the spotlight, poor sod, he not creating peace in NI anymore is he.

As for original thought Marcus the Labour party can't even spell economic development let alone know what the hell it actually is or how it could help the people who have given the party undying support for decades. This just sounds like a plaster to cover a gaping wound.

Southpaw Grammar 14 March 2008 at 22:21  

Loath be it for me to defend all of New Labour's record, i do think they have a pretty good story to tell. I am sure you will beg to differ...

bored of politicians 16 March 2008 at 14:50  

Peter Hain's comments don't stack up because if he has believed this since 1990 as valleysmam says why didn't he act on it as Secretary of State for Wales he sure had the power and influence in Westminster with the Labour Government.

Im sure there are many Labour people who think that Peter is being radical in his thoughts, but he's just talking common sense, less freebies and more decent jobs, who can argue with that?

The bigger point is will Rhodri and his Ministers take any notice, the answer so far with the hospital car park charges is no. We in Wales are being left behind and creating decent jobs and believing in economic development can fit into Welsh Labour thinking without it being seen as a betrayal or a sell out, its just shame our elected members aren't willing to even try.

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