Thursday, 23 July 2009

Stage Management: exit stage left (from London)

Today, the Welsh Government (that will sour some faces in certain parts of Wales) comes to Wales.


Gordon Brown and his ministers are heading to Cardiff for the first meeting of a UK government cabinet in Wales, which has been likened to stage management by opposition parties. At the very least they've demonstrated to the Welsh Assembly Government how to make a big policy announcement.
Revolving Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said:
The Wales of the 21st Century has hi-tech industry, world class centres of innovation and a diverse talented workforce that is split almost 50-50 men and women.

Today will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase what Wales has to offer to the rest of the UK and the world.

This is the first time that the cabinet has met in Wales. I am sure that my colleagues will leave Wales today eager to spread the word about what a dynamic and innovative place Wales is.

Shadow Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan said:
The prime minister has barely visited Wales since he took office - and since Conservatives beat Labour in Wales at last month's European elections we're surprised he wants to come at all.

This is a shallow attempt to pretend that Wales matters to him. If Gordon Brown thinks (the) visit will persuade people to forget that Labour is to blame for the difficulties facing Wales today then he will be very disappointed.
Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams described the event as stage managed and said:
...it would not replace real engagement with Welsh communities and meaningful reform of our damaged democracy.

2 comments:

A Change of Personnel 23 July 2009 at 19:38  

you could be cynical and say that Gordon Brown wanted to be a s far away from the Norwich by election today as possible and Cardiff is pretty far away :)

sennthe cartoonist 24 July 2009 at 20:37  

Kirsty williams is absolutely correct...seems there is more glitz
and pomp to attract the dimwit media ...less substance and more people becoming disinterested or deisenfranchised from politics and the democratic process

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