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Welsh devolution is a messy compromise between those who do not want it at all and those who want more. Unlike the Scots, the Welsh are not prepared for change

Have pity on Ron Davies, leader but also prisoner of the Labour party in Wales. The spectre which must haunt him is the 1979 referendum, when the Welsh Labour party split and the people of Wales rejected by four to one the Labour government’s proposals for a Welsh assembly. In the month when the new government publishes its White Papers on devolution to Scotland and Wales, is history about to repeat itself?

In one respect, yes: the devolution debate and referendum in Scotland will overshadow the referendum in Wales and receive much more media attention. But the referendum in Wales…

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