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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Eurfyl does it again

They really cannot shut him up can they? Plaid Cymru's economic adviser and Lords wannabe, Eurfyl ap Gwilym is in the Western Mail again, this time criticising the priorities of the One Wales Government.

Dr ap Gwilym is disappointed at the relatively low spends in Wales on transport and scientific research:

“These are policy areas where extra spending could have a significant impact on our prosperity. Our spending on research and development is very low in comparison with England and Scot- land, and transport is also under- funded in comparison with elsewhere in the UK. Improving the transport infrastructure is vital to improving the economy.”

Dr ap Gwilym said a further consequence of the decision to spend such a high proportion of the Assembly Government’s budget on economic development was that other major areas like health and education were seeing their share of public expenditure in Wales decline. Health spending in Wales went down from 107 in 2002/3 to 103 in 2007-08, and education from 109 to 102.

These seem like fair criticisms to me, though we do have to remember that Wales has traditionally spent more on using grants to attract new businesses here. Nevertheless it does seem like a bit of an own goal. After all the Minister in charge of all these budgets is the Plaid Cymru leader, Ieuan Wyn Jones.
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Surely this is an incorrect form? Doesn't the WM's style book have something to say on this?
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