Evening Post readers get animated by suggestion of increasing number of AMs
THE suggestion that the number of Assembly Members could be almost doubled has caused a fierce debate amongst Post readers.
A study by the Electoral Reform Society and the UK's Changing Union found that the Welsh Assembly had a much smaller number of AMs compared to similar law-making bodies around the world, and suggests increasing the number from 60 to 100.
The move would ensure greater scrutiny of the devolved government it was claimed.
Elsewhere the Scottish Parliament has 129 members, and Northern Ireland's Assembly has 108.
Deputy presiding officer David Melding AM said: “I welcome this report which has, for the first time, provided us with some relevant international comparisons and analysis of the demands on assembly members.”
The Welsh government said it would be premature to speculate ahead of a decision on extra assembly powers.
One reader calling themselves siarad2 said online: “Westminster runs vastly more pro rata.Wales should have about 33 AMs and even then have a lighter load just running 3 million not 60 million.
“It seems to that a new building would be required to house those AM and support staff not forgetting all those extra translators.”
Lezz T observed: “It's the quality of AM that needs a massive improvement, not the quantity.
“The Labour and Plaid benches seem particularly bereft of talented individuals.”
While CynLlafuriwr said: “Wake Up Wales - that has to be the message to all taxpayers in Wales. At a time when front-line services, health, education, local authority services, are under significant strain it is preposterous that such an idea should even thought to be worthy of being given fresh air.”
Neathboy234 said: “One thing that also has to be looked at is cutting the number of our MPs, and, an English parliament would also go a long way towards having a federal UK (just like Germany and USA).”
And Daiwestcross stormed: “We don't need anymore AMs what we need is a strong Labour party with a strong Labour leader in parliament in London to challenge and put a stop to this country trying its best to go back to the dark ages and not more jobs for the boys in Cardiff that is a total waste of money.”
Finally simontaverner said: “Decrease not increase those heads in the troughs.”