Thursday, 10 April 2014

Green Party to respond to Cornish Assembly Consultation

The Green Party in Cornwall have announced that they will respond to the Mebyon Kernow document Towards a National Assembly for Cornwall. Certainly a welcome move. The Green Party have traditionally supported the idea of Cornish devolution believing like MK that "small is beautiful" and the closer power is to the people the more accountable and responsive it is. They have unfortunately done precious little in the last few years. 
So this is a welcome move. The internet article is here. It must be said as with previous criticisms on this blog of the Lib Dems, Tories and Labour. This does appear to be electioneering.  But unlike the rest, the Greens have not had an opportunity to devolve power and unlike the others doesn't have a history of centralisation in power. So it is more genuine than the establishment parties.
It also must be welcomed that the Green party are interacting with our document.  Thinking beyond grand pronouncements of devolution and getting to grips with how it would work. It'll certainly be interesting to see what they make of our plans and what they can add to them. This is much unlike the Liberal Democrat approach as Stephen Richardson wrote a month ago today, where is the detail in the Lib Dems devolution plans? Four weeks later and we're still no closer to knowing or perhaps those press releases were the sum of anything that will come from this. Perhaps the Lib Dems could learn something from the Greens and interact with the Mebyon Kernow document and take part in the consultation.