Have Your Say: Current AMs must do more
Should Wales have another 40 AMs?
I don't think so.
We in Wales are somewhat over-represented if anything.
The present 22 unitary authorities came into being when it was thought in Whitehall, no doubt on the basis of the 1979 referendum, that there would never be a Welsh Assembly.
We have ended up with both and there is a continuing schism resulting from who is responsible for what.
I was very much in favour of a Welsh Assembly and more recently, to reinforce it's powers.
But it's achievements have not been such to inspire confidence, neither has the reported behaviour of some of it's members.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Wales has suffered badly from successive British governments' policies of de-industrialisation. Examples being the killing off of the coal industry and replacing an efficient electricity industry with a hotchpotch of privatised providers, many foreign controlled and heavily reliant on subsidies.
We in Wales produce more energy than we use. We have valuable natural resources that are not being exploited.
What is required now is not another 40 AMs but a wake-up call to the 60 present ones to use or seek the powers necessary to make a difference to the lives of the people they represent.