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About turn!

Betsan Powys | 15:53 UK time, Thursday, 8 May 2008

The Presiding Officer, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, has a great fondness for blaming journalists for failing to grasp the Government of Wales Act and for insisting that the process of drawing down new powers from Westminster is going without hitch.

Any problems are in the eye of the beholder apparently.

So why has he just suggested to the Justice Committee, who have travelled to Cardiff from London to take evidence as part of their inquiry into Devolution: A Decade On, that maybe the House of Lords' Constitutional Committee might like to take over from the Welsh Affairs Select Committee the job of scrutinising requests for new powers made by the Welsh Assembly?

Why did he suggest that they might bring more 'justice' to the process?

Surely he's not suggesting that the Welsh Affairs Select Committee are having trouble doing the same or are dragging their heels - is he?

And did it have anything at all to do with this?

Now that would be one (Dafydd) El of a U-turn.

UPDATE: He's not just suggesting. On tonight's Dragon's Eye he spelled out his dissatisfaction with the Welsh Affairs Select Committee pretty forcefully. If any of its members want to post their response here ... they're more than welcome.


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