The Welsh Conservatives have today challenged Labour’s First Minister to ensure that coverage of ‘bread & butter’ issues is not eclipsed by constitutional debates in the run-up to the Assembly election.
The challenge follows the publication of the Draft Wales Bill today.
With less than 200 days until the Welsh General Election, Mr Davies has urged Carwyn Jones to work constructively with the Conservatives to forge agreement over the progression of a bill which could deliver a “lasting settlement” for Welsh devolution.
Speaking outside the Senedd this afternoon, Mr Davies said he hoped that the First Minister would join opposition parties in the “big, bold debate the country needs about its public services” in the devolved era.
“The Draft Wales Bill has the potential to clear the murky waters of Welsh devolution and deliver a lasting settlement.
“Unfortunately, the First Minister’s posturing today risks plunging political discussion into a long period of constitutional naval-gazing, and the public will not thank him for it.
“The Wales Bill is important, of course it is. But the issues which really matter to the people of Wales are related to health, education and economic development and the sooner we can get back to that discussion the better.”
Be More Constructive
“The First Minister’s claims about English vetoes on Welsh matters betrayed a narrow nationalism that might play to his friends in Plaid Cymru, but do little to engender cross-party consensus.
“Ultimately, Wales deserves a big, bold debate about its future, and the performance of its public services.
“That’s why I’m urging the First Minister to be more constructive and commit to playing his part in ensuring that the debate is about issues that really matter to our constituents - not constitutional issues which absolutely nobody outside the ‘bubble’ are talking about.”