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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More evidence of a non-listening government

After a decade of campaigning in Wales for a bank holiday and all-party support I thought for one moment today that we had finally made some progress. However, it is not to be.

Work and Pensions Secretary, Yvette Cooper proposed yesterday that we should have an extra bank holiday but she wants it to commemorate people who have been killed at work and she is looking at the end of April, less than a week from the May Day bank holiday.

It is almost as if we have been shouting at ourselves for the last ten years whilst the British Cabinet have sat in London with their hands over their ears humming to themselves. It is becoming a habit on their part.

Unfortunately, Menna Machreth of Cwmdeithas Yr Iaith Gymraeg is misguided in thinking that once the Assembly wins a referendum and assumes all its powers under Part Four of the Government of Wales Act 2006 that we will be able to take matters into our own hands. I do not believe that the power to create bank holidays will be included.

It is of course entirely appropriate that we commemorate those who have died at work, but at the very least the UK Cabinet could acknowledge the strength of opinion in Wales over a St. David's Day bank holiday when discussing creating further statutory time off.
But the end of April seems conveniently close to St George's day :-)
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