Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/661/11326

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 March 2011

Wales votes 'yes' but workers' party needed

Thousands of workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Cardiff on Saturday 5 March to tell visiting Con Dems we don't accept your cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Thousands of workers, students and anti-cuts campaigners marched through Cardiff on Saturday 5 March to tell visiting Con Dems we don't accept your cuts, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

There was a predictably low turnout in the referendum for more law-making powers for the Welsh Assembly, but the result shows a significant support for devolution just as the cuts from Westminster come crashing into Wales. On the day of the referendum result 250 job losses at Companies House in Cardiff were announced.

Dave Reid

By a margin of nearly 2:1, voters supported the move to allow measures passed by the Welsh Assembly on devolved areas to become law without the consent of the Westminster parliament. This brings the Assembly into line with powers of the Scottish Parliament and Northern Ireland Assembly.

The low turnout of 35% reflects working people's suspicion for all politicians and the obscure nature of the question in the 172 word referendum which read: "The National Assembly for Wales - what happens at the moment. The Assembly has powers to make laws on 20 subject areas, such as agriculture, education, the environment, health, housing, local government. In each subject area, the Assembly can make laws on some matters, but not others.

"To make laws on any of these other matters, the assembly must ask the UK Parliament for its agreement. The UK Parliament then decides each time whether or not the assembly can make these laws. The Assembly cannot make laws on subject areas such as defence, tax or welfare benefits, whatever the result of this vote. If most voters vote 'yes' - the Assembly will be able to make laws on all matters in the 20 subject areas it has powers for, without needing the UK Parliament's agreement. If most voters vote 'no' - what happens at the moment will continue. Do you want the Assembly now to be able to make laws on all matters in the 20 subject areas it has powers for?"

Nevertheless the result was a significant 'yes' vote which indicated an even further shift of support for devolution in Wales. In 1997 the referendum to establish the assembly was passed by the narrowest of margins, the vote splitting virtually 50-50. Cardiff for example voted heavily against. This year 21 of the 22 local authority areas voted in favour. Only affluent Monmouthshire on the English border voted against - by just 300 votes. And Cardiff voted heavily in favour of further powers.

All four main capitalist parties in Wales campaigned for a 'yes 'vote. The 'no' vote was partly boosted by the cynicism with politicians and, had voters seen the back-slapping celebrations when the result was announced before they voted, there would have been a drop in the 'yes' vote.

The vote marks another stage in the process of Welsh autonomy. Socialist Party Wales supported a 'yes' vote. We support full powers for the Assembly including control over the legal system and tax-raising powers.

But above all a workers' party is needed to represent working people in Wales that can lead the fight in the Assembly and outside against the vicious cuts coming out of Westminster and being passed on by the Assembly.

Still the Assembly leaders will be under more pressure to defend public services in Wales. As one steel worker remarked "now they have no excuse for cocking it up."

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 9 March 2011:


Anti-cuts campaign

We can stop cuts!

Rage against all cuts!

Labour councils should fight cuts, not implement them!

Demonstrations against council cuts


Socialist Party youth and students

For a fighting student leadership

Jarrow march for jobs: Why Hull is marching

Students sit in at Sheffield


International socialist news and analysis

Middle East uprisings: The unfinished revolutions


Socialist Party news and analysis

Lib Dems 'get a kicking' in Barnsley

Wales votes 'yes' but workers' party needed

Lewisham: Vote for a real fight against the cuts

Cardiff march and rally against cuts

Brighton: Labour and Green Party councillors fail to stop Tory budget

Tories allow growth of Murdoch media empire

TUC must address demo access issue

Fast news


Socialist Party workplace news

BP Hull Saltend construction workers win victory through strike action

Fighting the anti-trade union laws

UCU members vote for action on pensions, jobs and pay

Unison expulsion

Workplace news in brief

Take out a May Day greeting!


Socialist Party feature

Casualties of cuts - and a rotten system

Needed: a fair deal for carers!

Care - condition critical


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 March 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Welsh Assembly:

triangleLeaked document threatens jobs and conditions at Ford Bridgend

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleWelsh Assembly to scrap 'right to buy'

triangleTUSC election campaigns show opposition to cuts

Wales:

triangleSwansea Labour council votes for cuts

triangleThree major West Wales hospitals could close

triangleSuccessful Socialist Party Wales conference sets tone for the year ahead

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Wales and the National Question

Parliament:

triangleMay's EU speech kicks the can down the road

triangleHands Off HRI campaign group meets Corbyn and Ashworth

triangleThem & Us

Westminster:

triangleWestminster sexual harassment scandal

triangleWestminster sexual harassment scandal: symptom of a rotten system

Cardiff:

triangleCardiff Socialist Party: Support the UCU university strike!

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/4/18

Hull

College protest against job losses

22/4/18

Bromley

Bromley library workers win strike campaign

18/4/18

UCU

UCU members vote to end pensions dispute

18/4/18

Usdaw

Usdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

18/4/18

Leeds

Victorious Fearnville Fields campaigners thank the Socialist

18/4/18

Hull

Hull says no to war, no to austerity

18/4/18

The Socialist

The Socialist - a fighting, campaigning, workers' paper

18/4/18

Socialist Party

Building fund: 150,000 milestone smashed!

18/4/18

Fighting Fund

Give us your change (and more) to fight for system change!

18/4/18

Scotland

Workers' victory over anti-union Scottish council

18/4/18

Newham

Avenue School strikers and parents win judicial review

18/4/18

PCS

Vote for a left, fighting PCS leadership

18/4/18

PCS

PCS rejects Acas offer - further strikes announced

18/4/18

Bromley

Bromley libraries - indefinite strike action continues

18/4/18

Butterfields

Butterfields tenants join TUSC campaign

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999