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Sunday, October 26, 2003

No spin Sunday

In the end the outcome of very democratic votes at the Welsh Liberal Democrat Conference must have sent the spin doctors home happy. The party sent the substance misuse paper back to the Policy Committee for a further look, thus forestalling misleading attacks from our opponents about us being soft on drugs. Today, we rejected by a narrow two vote majority an attempt to impose compulsory sex education from the age of seven. This had already been passed by the party for England but in Wales we prefer to give teachers and parents some discretion. Radio Wales reported the vote as the Welsh Party reversing the decision of the Federal Conference. This is proof that even they still do not understand devolution. How can we reverse a decision that did not apply to Wales in the first place?

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