Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Edwina Hart has a grand plan that ...

... is just what's needed for Wales, details here, John Osmond can see a few problems with execution, particularly funding and an alliance with the UK Government.

The issue around funding is nonsense, if the city region is organised as a local authority it will have statutory borrowing powers, there is no reason to delay in the quest for Cardiff Bay borrowing powers.

I'm not certain an alliance between Westminster and Cardiff is necessary, unless the plan is for Cardiff Bay politics to become involved, if that is the plan the problem is not forming alliances, it is with professional politics interfering in matters they are rarely qualified for.

If Edwina Hart were a great politician she would construct a robust yet flexible framework (much like the British constitution) and let loose her creation to the people who will put fabric on her scaffolding.

As Aaron Hill's wrote in the "The Nettle's Lesson":

'Tender-handed stroke a nettle, And it stings you for your pains; Grasp it like a man of mettle, And it soft as silk remains.'

Remember the Local Government Act, all the powers needed rest there, add a lady's positive ambitions for Wales and what is there to loose ?

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