Peter Hain just doesn’t get it – in his interview in the Western Mail today, he acknowledges that Labour are doing very badly in Wales and that the Wales of today is a very different place than before 1999.
And then he goes on to say that he doesn’t think that a referendum on further powers will be held within the agreed timetable of 2011.
Why can he not realise that the two statements may in fact be connected? Yet again, Labour are demonstrating that they consider their narrow party political ambitions more important than the needs and aspirations of the people of Wales. They are more concerned with protecting the golden troughs of their valley MPs than ensuring that the Welsh Assembly is given the powers it needs to protect itself from an incoming right-wing government in Westminster.
If Welsh Labour MPs (and I don’t include Peter Hain in that description) were to actually stand up for their electorate for once instead of continually telling us that they know best, then they might stand a chance of re-election.