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Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Same old Tories

John Redwood tells a Tory party fringe that if he had his way then there would be a new referendum on the continued existence of the Welsh Assembly. This is immediately condemned by Welsh Tory Leader, Nick Bourne, who brands him as "out of step with Wales and party policy". Nick could easily have added "out of step with Planet Earth" in there as well but we will leave the Vulcan jokes alone for now. The fact remains that despite Oliver Letwin's enthusiasm for devolving the control of the Police to locally elected politicians the Tories are still badly divided on devolution. They have never been confortable with a democratic institution that swept aside the patronage with which they ruled Wales for so long.

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