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,

 
David Cornock, Parliamentary correspondent, Wales Article written by David Cornock David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

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    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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    Comment number 12.

    Education looks like becoming the acid test of devolution. If Wales in independent in a meaningful sense, LA along with WAG can do what they will. If, using this independence , they come up with a qualification that English universities don't accept; what happens? Does everyone go to Aber?

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    Comment number 11.

    If she was serious about ending the blame culture then she would support the end of Devolution.

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    Comment number 10.

    What can she mean? Re-regrading GCSEs perhaps?

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    Comment number 9.

    Minister attacks devolution "blame culture"

    Shouldn't that read - Minister blames devolution "blame culture"?

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    Comment number 8.

    I'm not certain that tolerance is a desirable trait wooodsey, could it be this tolerance is the reason Wales languishes at the bottom of the economic heap.

    ... when Randerson said "... politicians owed it to the Welsh people to put their differences aside" she encourages 2nd best, can you imagine Usain Bolt slowing down so that second-rater could catch up with him .... I cannot.

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    Comment number 7.

    On the Welsh economy, in the NE there is an important aircraft production unit. In this competitive area, R&D is extremely important. Could an independent Wales afford to support the necessary R&D ??
    Note, this isn't a moral or an ethnic question: it's mainly a question of fiscal mass.
    Unfortunately, no R&D = no jobs, eventually.

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    Comment number 6.

    A agree entirely with your comments. Well said.

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    Comment number 5.

    Welsh people don't hate the English we are quite tolerant of them considering their track record in Wales and other Celtic Countries.People should be judged on their individuality not nationality. English people need to be more tolerant however towards other cultures and languages

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    Comment number 4.

    I don't hate the English, neither do I blame the English for our problems, on the other hand the UK government (of both this and the last and many previous governments) have been fixated on the City of London and have lost sight of the UK as a whole. Wales is on the periphery geographically of the UK and is off the radar of most UK politicians.

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    Comment number 3.

    the blame game is all politicians love doing.Especially if they can blame the previous administration.Can you imagine living your life the way a politician does?how would you ever get anything done if all you did was blame others and then when you did finally start geting something done you fail as it's incompetent at best or worst it's criminal behaviour?

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    Comment number 2.

    What? Post power referendum the Westminster Government aligned with the Welsh Office was still ruling Wales by proxy through the ELCO system until the successful referendum. Then The Con/Dems repeatedly poked their noses into the WG business and when they're told not to they have a hissy fit even though they still hold important powers stopping Wales from progressing it's economy. Laughable!

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    Comment number 1.

    lol
    as if this will ever happen!
    blaming/hating the english is so engrained into the psyche of the welsh that I find it hard to believe that our petty politicians will be able to rise above it.

 

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