Not commented much of late on the transfer of law making powers to the National Assembly for Wales - except on the specific Legislative Competence Order relating to the Welsh Language. I think the reason the subject has dropped off my agenda is because its dropped off everyone else's. Its just going nowhere. The two parties which form the Assembly Government have reneged on their commitment to hold a referendum on the issue before 2011. And we have this rather ridiculous Commission, spending lots of public money for no discernible purpose except to provide an escape route out of his promise for the leader of Plaid Cymru. And I'm told that even Sir Emyr seems to have lost a bit of interest in it. So there's a bit of an effort by their bloggers and researchers to cover up the embarrassment this creates for Labour and Plaid by pointing fingers at the Conservatives. We've been open that we don't all agree about this, and my understanding is that there will be a 'Free Vote' for us.
My opinion has been clear since 1997. When the Welsh people voted in favour of a National Assembly for Wales on 18th September, I accepted the result (no option), and after careful thought, concluded that the only way to make any sense of the constitutional dog's breakfast we had created was to vest in it law making powers in those subject areas already devolved. The 2006 Act then made the position worse. Since 1999, we'd had 'a constitutional crisis waiting to happen' - and then we added a system of granting law making powers which has the capacity to create little squabbles twixt Westminster and Cardiff Bay on an ongoing basis.
Now I genuinely don't know what David Cameron said on his CameronDirect visit to Barry. I've heard differing reports. Party contacts seem totally unconcerned, but others are trying to make a lot of it. What I do know is that despite my finding all this interesting, its just not an issue where I live. I would be disappointed if my position ever becomes outwith party policy, but I suppose it wouldn't be the first time I've been out on a limb. If David does a similar CameronDirect meeting in Montgomeryshire, I wonder whether anyone will ask him questions about the constitution in Wales. I suspect not..