Minister attacks devolution "blame culture"


Delegates are expected to support a motion that warns it could lead to lower pay in Wales

You cannot fault the ambition - or the optimism. The newly-appointed Liberal Democrat minister wants to end the "blame culture" in Welsh politics.

Jenny Randerson, Baroness Randerson of Roath Park, was appointed to the Wales Office in David Cameron's reshuffle earlier this month.

She says her priority is to make sure the Welsh and UK governments work more closely together.

Lady Randerson told delegates here in Brighton: "When there were Labour governments at both ends of the M4 -even then, the Welsh government did not work closely enough with the UK government.

"But, since 2010, the blame culture has developed between the two governments. It needs to stop and the new team in the Wales Office - of which I am one - have pledged to work much more closely with the Welsh Government to deliver prosperity for Wales."

She said politicians owed it to the Welsh people to put their differences aside - but added: "As a minister in the Wales Office, I will be standing up for Wales - by speaking out if a UK government policy threatens to damage the Welsh economy.

"For instance, I do not believe that regional pay would do anything other than entrench Wales as a low pay economy and I urge colleagues to support the fair pay motion tomorrow."

Tomorrow, delegates debate a motion criticising regional pay, although"debate" is probably too strong a word for another exercise in the Lib Dems' strategy to differentiate themselves from their coalition partners,

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    Comment number 17.

    Top pupils 'dumb down' to get A* grades, say headsBy Sean Coughlan

    BBC News education correspondent. Using English Quals is the way ahead???

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    Comment number 16.

    I am no longer using this site as it revolves around three bitter and twisted individuals who are anti anything Welsh from Language, Education, Valley people, develotion etc. Why they live in Wales I don't know. Their negativity holds no bounds. Hwyl

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    Comment number 15.

    Exclude the South East of England from Stats and I think you'll find England is no different to Wales. Also exclude the Private Schools and we are on equal footing. Scotland have a seperate qual. Does it affect their chances of getting to English Uni. Perhaps Welsh pupils should sit Edexcel/OCR instead of WJEC as they are alot easier quals.Ask alot of teachers and they'll agree.

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    Comment number 14.

    Its a good job you sent your children to a Private School. Those bastions of elitism and other unmentionable sordid things.As long as the 5% are okay then thats fine. Do you not think parents have a responsibility as well as teachers for education. I could read and write before I went to school as could my brothers and sisters. We had great support from our parents.

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    Comment number 13.

    re12 boxer

    this could be a future nightmare scenario for a lot of welsh parents.We already have exams being regraded and a dumbed down welsh bacc,and primary schools that can't teach kids to read or write.
    regardless of their incompetent efforts lets hope the WAG doesn't take our education right to the bottom of the barrel.


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