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Time local Labour politicians started representing the people

June 22, 2014 12:22 PM

The Labour party Westminster Shadow Cabinet came to Wales this week to meet with Welsh Labour Ministers. It of course stirred up once more the whole barrage of comments about which government is performing better.

Pontypridd MP Owen Smith staunchly defended his Labour colleagues, repeating the much used line that the UK could learn so much from Labour in Wales.

There were visits to GE in Nantgarw, and much talk of the Welsh Government's flagship "Jobs Growth Wales" scheme which, according to the Welsh Government website

"Caters for young people that are job ready but have had difficulty securing employment. The Jobs Growth Wales programme provides unemployed young people aged 16-24, with a job opportunity for a six month period paid at national minimum wage. Participants will be paid at or above the national minimum wage for a minimum of 25 hours per week."

Now there are counter arguments which say this scheme is not doing what is should and that it is not reaching the long term unemployed. However, it is proving to be a favourite diversionary tactic of the Labour party, and something which the First Minister refers to frequently at Question Time - even if it is not the subject of the question he is being asked.

There were no school or hospital visits on their agenda this week - maybe because, as much as they try to deny it, we are simply not performing as we should in the areas of health and education.

Yet we hear next to nothing from any of the Labour AMs or MPs in Rhondda Cynon Taff regarding this. They were all apparently outraged at the plans to remove services from the Royal Glamorgan when it was first mooted. They were pictured with banners and petitions and slogans saying our hospital should be saved - all the time ignoring in their comments the fact that the reorganisation was ordered by the Welsh Labour Health Minister. Where have they been in the past few months now that the decision has been made? Not a single word of criticism or any indication that they were going to put up a fight at all.

It really is about time that politicians elected to represent the people of this area started to do just that.