Magazine
Latest Issue

Watching Wales

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect