The Lib Dem manifesto: Nick Clegg takes the Silk road


Admit it. Your first thought on waking this morning may not have been: "I wonder what Nick Clegg plans to do with the Silk commission's second report."

Just in case it was, the Lib Dem leader and deputy prime minister has been keen to assure an expectant nation that the party's manifesto for next year's general election will include a commitment to implementing that report in full.

What does that mean for those of you who - shamefully - have yet to commit to memory that report?

It means policing powers would transfer from Westminster to Cardiff Bay, which would also take responsibility for larger energy projects than it currently decides. There would also be a move to the "reserved powers" model so it would be assumed powers are devolved unless otherwise specified.

Mr Clegg said: "I think we should just do Silk 2. I think I'm the first party leader to say 'look let's get on and do it'.

"I think Silk 2 set out a really clear set of proposals for further devolution to Wales set out by all the parties including the Conservative and Labour parties in Cardiff.

"As you know it includes those very important issues around how energy is regulated or the transmission of energy, policing and I think we should just get on with it so what you will find in our manifesto is a commitment to implement Silk 2 in full."

So there we have it - all clear and understood. Except that report also suggests the National Assembly for Wales doesn't have enough members: "We have concluded that there should be more Members of the National Assembly.

"We do not ourselves propose a definite figure, though it seems to us that increasing the National Assembly to 80 would balance enhanced scrutiny capacity with restraint in public spending.

So no definite figure, but a pretty big hint. But how many more £53k-a-year AMs would Nick Clegg like to see? You'll know when I know.

One tip, though. "Silk 2" does sound rather like a movie sequel. Don't make the mistake I did and put the phrase in a popular search engine as you may be surprised by the results. You have been warned.

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    Comment number 79.

    Might as well just cut out the middle man! And the troll...

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    Comment number 78.

    You couldn't make it up. I comment that traffic on this thread is mighty slow, possibly because of over-moderation and - the only two comments in the last 8 hours are 'referred for further consideration'.
    Question: where does it say in the Rules that the Moderators are sacred and cannot be criticised ?
    How can questions about how the thread is run be off-topic for the thread ?

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    Comment number 77.

    The moderation gets more amazing. Nobody has responded to the site in the last eight hours. Traffic couldn't be slower. Yet some Mod has decided that an offering of mine may offend, and suspended it as a precaution. Even if it were off-topic, the original topic wasn't attracting much traffic.

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    Comment number 76.

    #71 I am afraid, Jack, that you are in the position of a Christian Democrat in Germany in 1933. Then: do you vote Communist to keep out the National Socialists; or do you vote Nazi to keep out the Commuhnists ?
    Now: do you hold your nose and vote UKIP to keep out the Nats and their Wales Agrarian Republic ? Or do you vote Plaid / Labour to keep out UKIP ?
    No direct link 1933 / 2014 intended.

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    Comment number 75.

    @72 Elin Jones may be interested to hear about a Bulgarian Dr I know who worked at a rural Wales hospital. She had to put up with patients pretending not to understand English!


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