Week 14 June to 20 June
Scotland going solo could trigger England wanting to do the same leaving Wales and Northern Ireland in the lurch according to Carwyn Jones. He reckons the Welsh and Irish might be to ‘expensive’ for the English to bail us out so we’ll be kicked to touch after a Scottish Yes vote. His answer a convention to discuss the future of the UK, however Scotland votes, a call also made by ex-premier John Major.
A member of the public complained about Nick Ramsey AM’s demeanour and delivery in an Assembly debate. The Presiding Officer ordered an investigation on claims that he was drunk. Claims Ramsey denied. No further action will be taken. Deputy presiding officer David Melding made no intervention at the time. An assembly spokesman said in a statement the circumstances had been “looked into thoroughly and have reached their conclusions. They confirmed that there were not grounds to call the member to order during the plenary session on 10 June. They will not be making any further statement about the matter.” There you have it, to slur his human.
The ‘real’ cabinet of the Welsh government met with the Westminster shadow cabinet at GE Aviation Wales at Nantgarw, Caerphilly – Wales’ biggest individual provider of apprenticeships. On cue Mr Miliband praised Job Growth Wales scheme that has helped 10,000 young people into work. Oh! to be a fly on the wall in the private session. Would Carwyn Jones tells Ed that he’s got to up his game and Ed tell Carwyn to sort out the NHS.
It’s irritating queuing to show your passport when you return from abroad as I can vouch this week having just returned from my holidays. But the delay is even more irritating if your waiting for your passport. Now Home Secretary Theresa May has apologised for the problems of delays at the Passport Office, which has been overwhelmed by a surge in applications this year. But Tourism minister Helen Grant has the answer don’t go abroad, opt to holiday in the UK. She clealy puts a capital ‘E’ into the meaning of little Englander.
As part of the Chancellor’s budget MPs agreed a 2015-16 welfare cap of £119.5bn, excluding the state pension and some unemployment benefits. It was criticized by welfare groups at the time as been totally impractical and could result in real hardship if stuck to. Now it looks as if the government could breach the cap as a result of the cost of them obtained by the BBC. The documents suggest Employment and Support Allowance(ESA) costs are rising and few cost-cutting options are available. Labour’s Rachel Reeves said the DWP was at “crisis point” and that David Cameron “must urgently get a grip”. She said the work capability assessment was “in meltdown”, the Universal Credit was “chaos” and that people were being let down. Mind you it doesn’t prevent her and her leader getting on the ‘hit the poor bandwagon’ and finding other welfare payments to cut in their own war on benefit claimants.
YouGov/Sun CON 34%, LAB 38%, LDEM 7%, UKIP 13%.
Ipsos MORI CON 31%(nc), LAB 34%(nc), LDEM 8%(-1), UKIP 14%(+3), GRN 8%(nc).
ICM/Guardian CON 31%(-2), LAB 32%(+1), LDEM 10%(-3), UKIP 16%(+1).
Populus CON 33%, LAB 37%, LDEM 9%, UKIP 13%
Ashcroft CON 29%,(+1) LAB 35%,(+3) LDEM 8%(nc), UKIP 15%(-2)
YouGov/Sunday Times CON 33%, LAB 37%, LDEM 8%, UKIP 13%.