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‘Best of devolution yet to come’
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|Last Edited||New Jerusalem Sep 21, 2007 06:48am|
|News Date||Friday, September 21, 2007 12:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||A DECADE ago the people of Wales were given the chance for an Assembly with radically less powers than the parliament envisaged in Scotland. |
But critics of the Assembly which was founded in Cardiff Bay are misguided, according to leading Welsh political historian Duncan Tanner. He says a more ambitious devolution settlement would have been rejected by voters – many of whom had said No in 1979.
Professor Tanner, based at the University of Wales, Bangor, said, “If more powers had been proposed in 1997, devolution would have been defeated.”
However, he has criticisms of the settlement.
“Given that the vast majority of people in Wales wanted to remain part of Britain, it was wrong not to look harder at how the relationship with London would work,” he said.
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