Tax change will get us to polls
LAST week the people of Wales stayed at home rather than take part in the election of our first police and crime commissioners
We suspect a fair few more will turn out if there is a referendum on tax-making powers for Wales. Nothing rallies voters like the knowledge they are having a direct effect on their own wallets.
The Silk Report recommends the Welsh Government assumes power over half our income tax levy, and a handful of smaller tax revenues.
Of course when voters gave the Assembly more law-making powers it followed, as night follows day, that AMs would want to be able to control how much we pay in tax.
Devolving income tax would be a "fundamental constitutional shift", the Silk report says, in something of an understatement.
The prospect of people in Wales paying income tax at a different rate from their English neighbours makes current differences in health and education policy pale into insignificance.