CONSERVATIVE leader David Cameron yesterday announced a review of the party’s position on devolution as it prepares for a referendum on full law-making powers.
Mr Cameron told the party’s Welsh conference in Llandudno that a consultation on "ways to make devolution work better" would be headed by former Wales Minister Lord Wyn Roberts.
So, devolution has now given us one sovereign parliament, three devolved Assemblies and how many Commissions/Consultations/Conversations discussing their past and future?
Hold on...there’s the:
1. The Democracy Taskforce
2.The Scottish Constitutional Commission
3. TheAll Wales convention
4. The National Conversation
...and on its way, throw in a "Citizens’ Summit" on a "British Statement of Values", which won't be specifically about The Devolution Experiment but will, no doubt, include more than a few chinwags touching on British-English-Irish-Scottish-Welsh national identity and the UK's governance.
Why so many commissions/consultations/conversations?
Dave or Gordon would probably say something along the lines of:
"However, this is an urgent problem and we therefore propose setting up a Commission."
This problem is a bloody nuisance, but we hope that by the time a Commission reports, four years from now, everyone will have forgotten about it or we can find someone else to blame.*
Politics is the art of being seen to "do something" whilst making sure you don't actually do anything.
*Slightly adapted from an episode of "Yes Minister".