June 23, 2015

THERE IS NO BRITAIN:

Devolution settlement had 'corrosive effect' on UK, says Wales secretary (Nicholas Watt, 23 June 2015, The Guardian)

Britain's original devolution settlement has had a "long term corrosive effect" on the whole country by creating a culture of blame and grievance directed at the UK government, a cabinet minister has said.

The failure to ensure that the devolved bodies took some responsibility for raising taxes created a "long running perpetual complaint" that Westminster was to blame for difficult spending decisions, Wales secretary Stephen Crabb warned.

Crabb has spoken out in a Guardian interview on the eve of a speech to the National Assembly for Wales in which he will outline plans for the most far-reaching reforms to the Welsh devolution settlement since the referendum in 1997.

Crabb will announce that he is to scrap the conferred model of devolution, in which Westminster grants certain powers to Wales, in favour of a Scottish-style reserved model in which all powers are presumed to be devolved unless specified otherwise.

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