UKIP’s leader in Wales, Neil Hamilton MS, is calling on anti-devolution Tories to revolt against the faint hearted support of their leaders for a devolution which condemns them to live forever in a Labour/Plaid One Party State.
Mr Hamilton said: “Montgomeryshire’s Tory MP, Craig Williams, publicly ticked off Shrewsbury MP, Daniel Kawczynski, for tweeting whether we should scrap ‘this expensive and unnecessary body, the Senedd’.”
Kawczynski had tweeted about the “adverse impact of the growing split between London and the devolved assemblies on border communities” such as Shrewsbury and called for a “re-think” on devolution.
Neil Hamilton has written an open letter to Craig Williams (attached), listing the Senedd’s “catalogue of failures” and says “devolution in Wales has manifestly failed by every important measure” – the NHS shambles, worst education results in the UK and lowest incomes.
Mr Hamilton said: “Craig Williams’ devolution ensures a permanent Labour Government, in Wales. The electoral system ensures the Tories can’t win an outright Senedd majority. But Plaid Cymru rules out a coalition with the Tories and always props up Labour as necessary. Why on earth does a Welsh Tory MP support something which condemns his party to eternal impotence?
“For 40 years, Tory leaders ignored voters’ opposition to EU membership. The same goes for devolution. 56% of Tory voters want to scrap the Senedd but their leaders don’t want to know. Tory voters should revolt against their timid leaders, just as they did over the EU.
“A hard-hitting devolution referendum campaign could be a dose of Viagra for the Tories’ limp leadership.
“We restored Britain’s independence by leaving the EU. “Now let’s put the UK back together again by scrapping a devolution project which is tearing the country apart. The Senedd was created in 1999 – a generation ago. We need a People’s Vote in 2024 to give a verdict on 25 of years of failure under Labour/Plaid control and get Wales moving forwards.”