Thursday, 17 April 2008

Tories oppose devolution of housing powers

My letter to Tory leader David Cameron appealing for Tory support for the development of devolution seems to have caused a bit of a stir. Two high profile Tories have responded to my letter. However, both have missed the point.

This is not an argument about affordable housing or the right to buy. Its about devolution. The time to argue about whether or not to suspend the right to buy should take place if and when the assembly government wants to change the law. At the moment, we are asking Westminster for the powers or the ability to change the law. Glyn Davies claims to support law making powers over devolved areas. Housing is devolved. Law making powers over housing should be devolved.

The Tories in Wales have made great efforts to shed their anti-Welsh devolution image. By opposing this LCO, they have failed their first practical test. Their words have been shown up as completely hollow, they clearly don't care about Welsh devolution.

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