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The Price of Dependence

We already know the cost of dependence. Or at least, we don’t know the exact cost, but we do know that our dependence on the UK state costs us untold billions.

Every which way, the people of Wales are getting shafted.

But what price do we pay for our dependence?

Something of that nature was revealed by Andy Burnham a few weeks ago:

I conducted the last spending review of the last Labour government and I looked in detail at the Barnett formula, and concluded that it wasn’t fair to Wales and there would need to be changes to it to ensure a much fairer funding settlement… I believe Wales has been short-changed.

As Cai Larsen points out, this means that the Labour Party has known since 2007 that Wales is underfunded. Of course, it’s an open secret that everyone has known for donkeys’ years that Wales has been underfunded. But here’s the first open acknowledgement by a serving Minister, and one in the Treasury at that, that his party has known.

And the Labour Party, during its tenure of the UK Government after 2007, did precisely nothing to secure fair funding for Wales. So that’s at least £300 million per year (some say £540 million) every year since 2007 that the people of Wales have paid the rest of the UK, via the Labour Party, for our pathetic obedience to our Labour masters.

But of course, if Andy Burnham knew about it in 2007, then there’s no way his successors in the Treasury could have been ignorant of our underfunding. So the Lib Dems and Conservatives, from 2010 to 2015, and the Conservatives going solo since May, have been totally complicit in this asset-stripping of Wales.

The price we pay for praying at the altar of unionism is likely to be somewhere in the region of £400 million per year. This is when we start to realise that we’re not just having a fun political kickabout. We’re talking about people’s lives.

£400 million a year goes a very long way. Over the last 8 years, that would have meant a cash injection of £3.2 billion into Welsh public services. So let’s not pull our punches. People have died in Wales because Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem politicians have conspired to funnel money rightfully destined for Wales’ NHS elsewhere. The life chances of our children are directly damaged because our education system is underfunded as a result of Unionist largesse on the establishment. Our arts and cultural services that bring joy and delight to our lives are being pared to the bone because Unionists consider Wales to be a political irrelevance.

So the next time someone like Baroness Jenny Randerson busily tries to convince the people of Wales that we’re doing just fine and dandy, thanks to Barnett, notch it up as another Unionist lie.

And commit to never vote for a Unionist party again.

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Your Views Matter

It’s difficult to know where to start with this one (with thanks to blog reader ED for scanning and sending). After all, we’ve already seen some low-grade electioneering from the Lib Dems in preparation for an election whose date is still unknown. Does this one take the biscuit?

Dr. Bablin Molik (and we’re not to forget her academic title in this pamphlet) “lives locally in Cardiff South & Penarth”. But it’s no surprise to anyone to discover that she lives in Cardiff South and not Penarth. Because apparently her main campaign in this election – other than to support the continued poisoning of Cogan – is to upgrade local train services.

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly staggered when I refresh my memory that this dead-end town (in railway terms, cyfeillion!) of some 30,000 souls is blessed with trains to its three stations throughout the day every 15 minutes, six days a week. Can there be a better-served town in Wales on a branch line? And yet Bablin is out there campaigning for ‘more frequent services’. What does she want for Penarth? Trains every 5 minutes? And given that any improvements to services on this ‘do-nothing franchise‘ with Arriva Trains Wales would have to come either from further taxpayer investment (Welsh Government, not UK) or from degraded services elsewhere, I’d like to know just what Bablin’s solution is. After all, overcapacity is hardly the biggest problem we face on the Penarth train commute. For someone with a PhD, she’s not coming across as being well-endowed in the common sense department.

If she wants to get support for a local transport campaign then she’d be better off focusing on our dismal Sunday service. And while I’m at it, the other gripe that gets rail travellers’ goat is the seemingly interminable wait for the green man at the Dingle Road Station/Windsor Road Crossing.

The rest of the questions on this survey from our ‘neighbour’ Bablin appear to be taken from the textbook of bad survey practice. Leading questions, multiple questions with only one answer slot, and a mixture of metrics (yes/no, 1 to 5 scale).

And the Liberal Democrat standard on the Welsh language is maintained. It simply doesn’t exist. Which is slightly peculiar given that Jenny Randerson was Minister for Culture in Wales from 2000 to 2003. From Welsh language hero to zero in 9 years, that’s the Lib Dems for you.

This isn’t a genuine survey, of course. It’s poor electioneering branded as an attempt to seek community opinion. But there’s one light at the end of the pamphleting tunnel. If one or two Lib Dem supporters can be persuaded to register with Cardiff Central Liberal Democrats (who are the promoters and publishers of this information) then perhaps Bablin’s campaign in Penarth can be tailored just a little bit to represent what people who live here actually want.

By the way, I’d appreciate Bablin taking the plunge and sending me pdfs of her election material. As people who followed Penartha’rByd during the local election campaign will testify (and clearly Bablin wasn’t one of them), I’m harsh but fair. As a tantalising aside, an election pamphlet from one of Bablin’s contenders has just dropped into my inbox…

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