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Thursday, January 27, 2005

When the chips are down

The voters have long suspected it of course but it is a badly-kept secret that the closer we get to an election the less committed politicians become to the principles that they have espoused with such fervour over the preceding years. This is particularly so when seats are at stake.

Thus it was that, ringed by jittery Welsh Labour MPs, the Secretary of State for Wales, Peter Hain, yesterday abandoned devolution and ordered the Assembly Government to adopt English measures to drive down Welsh waiting lists. What fun we are going to have with that one at First Minister's Question Time next week.

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