A SENIOR Welsh Labour politician has expressed serious concern after a leaflet advocating a No vote in next year’s referendum on more powers for the National Assembly was delivered with Conservative Party literature.*Coughs and clears throat*:
John Griffiths, Counsel General to the Assembly Government and AM for Newport East, said: "This is very disturbing and confirms the split that exists in the Welsh Conservative Party."
The No leaflet is published by True Wales, the group set up to campaign against more powers for the Assembly.Riiight.
True Wales’ main spokeswoman is Rachel Banner, a member of Torfaen Labour Party.
"Since the Conservatives took up their seats at the Assembly in 1999, they have tried to get away from their old image as anti-Welsh, to portray themselves as a pro-devolution and pro-Wales party. The fact that Conservatives in Newport have been delivering leaflets of the No campaign together with their own material shows that [Welsh Conservative Assembly leader] Nick Bourne has a problem."Implying that to vote "No" to next year's campaign is "anti-Welsh"?
That to be "anti-devolution" is anti-Welsh?
Bearing in mind that even the most optimistic (for the arch-devolutionists that is)opinion polls are suggesting 40% plus voting "no", then I'd suggest it is Wales, not the Welsh Conservatives which have the bigger problem- 4/10 of its own population being "anti-Welsh" doesn't seem a healthy situation at all to be in.