1 in 20 Welsh voters wants to abolish Welsh Assembly Government – and the “One party state”

Wales is funded and founded differently to Scotland. The monies available for Health and Education in particular are less, and this is because of the structure. The Nuffield Trust commented earlier this year. In effect more money would be available for Health and Education under the former regime with a Welsh office. If 1 in 20 want abolition without publicity and media coverage, how many more will vote next time? Turnout was just over 50%.. When will the dying “one party state” of Wales change?

How will abolishing the welsh Assembly benefit the people of Wales ? If readers consider that £350 m is equivalent to one fully staffed new hospital per annum. From waiting times, mortality and morbidity, life expectancy and general standards overall it looks to the professions as if Devolution of Health in Wales was a mistake. How much worse must it get before the voters realise this?

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James Cole writes in Walesonline Letters Tuesday 10th May 2016: ‘Abolish’ Party is proving worthy

Thank you one and all who voted for the Abolish the Assembly Party.More than 44,286 votes! Abolish is now the largest party in Wales (in terms of votes) that doesn’t have a seat in the Senedd.

Making a huge gain first time out was clearly beyond reality. However, we got 44,286 votes despite the fact that perhaps most voters were either still unaware of our existence or were, at least, taken by surprise at the last moment. It seemed at times that, apart from the BBC, the Welsh media boycotted our campaign. This, despite the fact that the “No, to a Welsh Assembly” vote in the 1997 referendum received 552,698 votes.

That was 49.7% of the votes cast when only half the Welsh electorate actually voted. So, only a quarter of us actually voted Yes to the Assembly. Hardly a mandate for fundamental change.

I urge everyone to consider the possibility that the Welsh Assembly was not designed for the benefit of the Welsh people, but for the benefit of the career politicians.

They get big salaries, expenses and pensions. What do we get? The bill.

Issues that are perhaps best devolved can be made the responsibility of our local authorities and their 1,265 councillors. That really would be power closer to the people.

We think the Assembly just gets in the way while costing far more than it would take to keep Port Talbot steelworks operating.

We consider our result in this election to be a foundation stone for the fightback. We have drawn a line in the sand.

We will keep this movement going.

James Cole, St Thomas, Swansea

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A campaign to abolish the Welsh Assembly will continue

Spokesman David Bevan claimed the assembly benefitted “career politicians”, not the Welsh people.

He said the election result was “a foundation stone for the fight-back”.

The Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party put up candidates on the regional lists, claiming abolition would save the taxpayer £500m a year.

Further info below from the party website

“The cost of running The Assembly is very difficult to estimate. We are tempted to think this is deliberate as the figure would, no doubt, be truly shocking. Now we find that Welsh Assembly members are going to see their salaries increased to £64,000 in 2016. Assembly Cabinet ministers will get £100,000 p.a. The First Minister’s salary is due to increase to near the level of Prime Minister David Cameron, £140,000 pa. The First Minister is only in charge of devolved issues covering Wales.” from the abolishthewelshassembly website

Welsh Assembly Final Budget 2016-17

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Components of the Welsh Budget £000s
MAIN EXPENDITURE GROUP
Departmental Expenditure Limits Resource Capital Total
Health and Social Services      £7,004,269
Local Government  £3,370,622
Communities and Tackling Poverty  £ 707,323
Economy, Science and Transport  £988,747
Education and Skills £ 1,756,578
Natural Resources £ 376,575
Central Services and Administration  £311,897
Total Welsh Government MEG Allocations

Resource 13,159,112 Capital 1,356,899  TOTAL £14,516,011

The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2016-17 is £15bn.

Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party

Seats0 Net change in seats Votes 44,286 Vote Share4.4%  

 

 

 

On a turnout of 45.3% Letters Walesonline May 10th  , but no candidates fielded in the constituencies.

The Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party put up candidates on the regional lists, claiming abolition would save the taxpayer £500m a year.

Devolution of health to Wales was a mistake?

Amazing how England has been able to kid themselves there is an NHS – until now. Manchester’s health devolution: taking the national out of the NHS?

Patients and the professions are ready to ration health care strategically, without devolution. It’s the politicians and the managers who won’t hear of it because the strategy might mention rationing.

The State of Wales: we should all rage against it dying

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