Why do journalists take any notice of really stupid statements by politicians. Don't they realise it only encourages them. Today we have coverage given to comments made by Peter Hain and Rhodri Morgan suggesting that the number of Assembly Members would be cut from 60 to 45 if a Conservative Government is elected at Westminster. This is just plain stupid. Both Peter and Rhodri know its not true. No-one believes it. And yet this stupidity is given top billing. I shouldn't complain though. In the current climate any suggestion that the number of politicians be cut is likely to widely welcomed!
There is an issue about the number of MPs that will represent Welsh constituencies if a Conservative Government were to be elected. David Cameron has suggested that the total number of MPs should be cut by 10% - and that there should be equalisation of the voter/member ratio across the UK. Both suggestions carry a logic. How this would be implemented is genuine basis for a story - except that its been done so often already. It was part of the Conservative manifesto at the last General Election! Again, I'm not sure that many people are going to be upset by any proposed reduction in the number of MPs.
One point of interest to me. This article makes much of the idea that a 'new' constituency in Mid Wales would stretch from "the English borders to Cardigan Bay". I'm not sure that Montgomeryshire does not already do that. I think the 'Cross Wales Walk' was wholly within Montgomeryshire when I last did it. Whatever, its so close that it doesn't make much difference. Hope someone comments to tell us exactly where Cardigan Bay becomes the Dyfi Estuary.