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Devolution - they must have heard of it. (Letter to press)

April 4, 2012 10:19 AM

It has been obvious for some time that the Labour party locally have only one tactic for the coming Council elections it seems - keep talking about Westminster and hope it will divert attention away from their dismal failures in RCT.

However, even I was amazed to see the leaflets they were handing out in Pontypridd town centre. "We should save nurses jobs - not waste money on a unwanted restructure of the NHS" was the first statement to catch my eye. Odd, I thought, either they are too daft to realise that the Health Service is devolved and they are in charge of it at Cardiff Bay or they hope that their voters are.

Devolution has been with us for some time now and so you would think that Labour councillors at least would have got the hang of it. Education, Health, Housing, Economic Development, Local Government - just some of the main areas which are under the control not of Westminster but of the Labour Welsh Government.

But wait, no, maybe I was too quick to judge, because I then turned it over and it became a little clearer. Hand this form back to your 'local Labour activist' it said, or post it back to Labour Central - in Newcastle. Promoted by the Labour party in London, and printed in that city too.

Good to see that the Labour party in RCT are putting local people first. Maybe something of more relevance to the voters of RCT would be appropriate.

Karen Roberts

Campaign Manager RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats