March 16, 2011

A Welsh Disaster

A change from the usual subject.....but very topical.

In 1607 there was a Tsunami which swept up the Severn estaury and killed thousands (would probably be tens of thousands if happened today). Take a look at the map below, on which I have marked the Hinckley Point nuclear power station.
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March 6, 2011

Dusting Off the Cobwebs

This blog and its corresponding Facebook page were set up in October 2008, because a number of us who were not prominent politicians were worried that those who were prominent hadn't picked up the gauntlet and started campaigning early and often for a Yes vote in the, at that time, undated prospective 2006 GoW Act Referendum.

I wouldn't claim that Wales First was decisive in securing the Yes Vote last Thursday, but I do think that we deserve a pat on the back, for starting the momentum that resulted in Thursday's historic victory.

Having gained our objective, is there any point in the continuation of Wales First, this blog and our Facebook profile?

I would strongly suggest that there is!

Having secured a Yes vote, partially by saying that the question is the question, and that further issues like getting parity with Scotland, devolution of policing, broadcasting and financial responsibility were not referendum issues; the Political Parties are unlikely to press for the next step in the devolution debate for some time.

The parties will be as shy in pressing for the evolution of devolution as they were in pressing for a yes vote when this group was formed 3 years ago!

I believe that Wales First still has a job to do! The same job as it had three years ago, agitating for a better devolution settlement, whilst the political parties are doubtful about doing so for the sake of political expediency!