Friday, 6 June 2008


The Western Mail today dutifully reports John Prescott's promotional book tour date in Cardiff. Curiously there is no mention of two of Prezza's comments that had more direct relevance to Wales.

Firstly, and not surprisingly, he hailed the whole devolution project as a success and said that moving power close to the people should be a core Labour principle. The English regions, he said, would probably receive devolved government and that he hoped it would come within 20 years but not at the expense of the UK.

Almost as an aside he mentioned the virtues of regional development agencies and how having development outside the civil service was quite effective. Perhaps Wales could consider doing this. Such an organisation would need a name to capture the essence of its functions. How about 'the Welsh Development Agency'?


Oscar 8 June 2008 at 13:33  

He was in Ellesmere Port on wednesday doing the same.
Pity he was not in Parliament were he was supposed to be, and were he was paid to be, on a Wednesday and Thursday.

welsh lobbyist 8 June 2008 at 14:04  

he did stick the knife well when he called those now in the Cabinet 'the beautiful people' i bet Gordon Brown's people wont be happy at that.

Benny Austwick 8 June 2008 at 20:39  

He seems to be reading from the same sheet as Wendy

Miss Wagstaff 10 June 2008 at 10:23  

Excellent post DC. I do hope that you picked up a signed copy of the book on my behalf ;)

kerdasi amaq 4 July 2008 at 16:00  

Wales is like a barnacle, stuck to the bottom of a sinking ship!

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