Wales goes to the Polls

by Richard on March 3, 2011

Wales takes to the ballot box today in a referendum about extending the law-making powers of the Welsh Assembly Government. At present, the devolved powers of the WAG are limited: it can pass law only with the permission of the Westminster parliament. A ‘Yes’ vote would give the Senedd the authority to make legislation without reference to Westminster.

My instinct is to vote Yes, though I have to say that the campaign has been distinctly underwhelming. I don’t suppose the turnout will be very representative.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

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Kim 03.03.11 at 10:40 am

And a lot of Poles have come to Wales. And they are most welcome!

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Richard 03.03.11 at 10:42 am

:)

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Chris ritchard 03.03.11 at 11:04 am

I will vote today but I am still wavering about how to vote and I must admit I have considered abstaining. The campaign has been pathetic I have had to work really hard to understand what it is about. (I am not sure that many people understand the system of LCO whihc we now have!) I think we recieved one leaflet through the door and the booklet! Perhaps that is a sign of the confusion and apathy around what should be an important issue. I suppose it just shows that people in this area do not really appreciate the importance of the assembly to there lives.

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Richard 03.03.11 at 11:16 am

I don’t think we’ve had anything at all through our letterbox. If it hadn’t been for the fact that our school is closed (because it is being used as a polling station), I might well have forgotten that the referendum was on at all.

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Earl 03.08.11 at 12:23 pm

What was the result of the voting? What is the significance?

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Bob Gilston 03.08.11 at 5:36 pm

Hi Earl -The Welsh Assembly has powers to make laws in 20 different areas, such as Education, Environment, Health, etc. However there are certain aspects of law that have to be referred to Westminster for approval by the British government. The referendum was to ask the people of Wales if that’s how they want it to be or if they want the Welsh assembly to have complete power to make laws in those 20 areas without recourse to Westminster.

The vote was Yes for the Assembly to have complete power.

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Earl 03.08.11 at 7:36 pm

Re: vote. Sounds like Wales will now exercise full sovereignty in its affairs rather than submitting certain aspects for review. Cool.

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