Two days ago, I wrote a blog about the Liberal Democrat’s “commitment” to a Cornish Assembly.
I was extremely critical about Alex Folkes’ statement that: “My belief is that the current Cornwall Council should take on more powers and become the assembly.”
And I set out my incredulity about the Lib Dem view that devolution to
be about further local government reform and not the creation of a new and
powerful Cornish Assembly.
But further to this, I have just seen a report that
Liberal Democrats will launch their campaign for a Cornish Assembly at a
meeting in Bodmin, next week, which will be addressed by Lib Dem MPs and
Julia Goldsworthy is quoted as saying:
and Wales take
still more power from Westminster,
the rest of the UK
cannot be left behind. We need real devolution in Cornwall
too. Not just more power for local government, but a proper legislative
assembly for Cornwall like Wales
“Ours is the only
party committed at the highest level to a Cornish Assembly, and we have the
capacity to deliver it. The Conservatives continue to believe that Cornwall
should be ruled from London.
“Real devolution from
will mean we can devolve even more power from the new Assembly to towns and
parishes all around Cornwall.”
I am confused. The “proper legislative assembly for
referenced in the statement contradicts what Alex Folkes said only days ago.
But the statement also talks about devolving more power to towns and parishes,
as if it was only a unitary authority.