The Evolution of Devolution

Alongside fellow Assembly Members, the Llywydd Elin Jones AM and David Melding AM, Bridgend AM Carwyn Jones was delighted to take part in a panel discussion looking at 20 Years of Devolution in Wales organised by PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

Chairing the event entitled ‘The Evolution of Devolution’ was Auriol Miller, Director of the Welsh think tank, the Institute of Welsh Affairs. The event was an opportunity to look at the progress that has been made and what more remains to be achieved. There was also an opportunity for a Q&A session.

The audience was largely comprised of representatives from the business community and they included representatives from the CBI, BT, Lloyds Banking Group, Admiral, Deloitte and Brains Brewery.
Some of the topics discussed at the event were the strength of the media in Wales, looking at business and devolution and the need to build and foster a culture of entrepreneurship and ensure that the public and private sectors are working in symbiosis.

Mr Jones said “ Devolution has brought a new era of democracy to Wales. Let’s remember in the 1990’s we had a number or Welsh secretaries; 3 in a row who were not even from Wales and who did not represent Welsh constituencies. Now if people don’t like what we are doing as a Welsh Labour government they can boot us out.”

Mr Jones added “ Devolution has become entrenched. Wales is a more confident and successful nation that it was 20 years ago. Devolution has been a journey of political maturity, a story of growing confidence and a firm determination to deliver for Wales. The 20th anniversary gives us the opportunity to look back at our greatest achievements, an economy transformed, schools and colleges rebuilt and leading the way on organ donation and recycling. Wales is a small confident nation now with a big voice of its own.”