Mebyon Kernow has welcomed the announcement that the National Assembly of Wales has won greater powers, but re-iterated its call for devolution to
In 1997, the people of
voted in a referendum to create a Welsh Assembly. In 2011, they voted for
law-making powers through a second referendum, and now they are winning further
The Coalition last week announced that the Welsh Government will be given borrowing powers, control of landfill tax and stamp duty, and a House of Commons bill giving permission to hold a referendum on the devolution of income tax.
It was also in 1997 that the people of
voted in a referendum to re-establish their parliament. And next year, they go
to the polls to decide on whether Scotland
should be independent – with opponents already promising more powers to the
Scottish Parliament if they vote no.
fared less well, even though 50,000 declarations demanding a Cornish Assembly were
presented to 10 Downing Street
in 2001. It remains a disgrace that Tony Blair’s Labour Government dismissed
the declarations and refused to consider demands for greater powers for Cornwall.
Instead, we had the centralisation of local government forced on us with the creation of a single unitary authority, in the face of massive opposition.
And we have even had the Conservative-led Coalition Government further undermining democracy and the very territoriality of
by attempting to push through plans for a cross-Tamar parliamentary