“Jeremy Corbyn has said he believes the Welsh Government is “doing its best” when it comes to key devolved areas of education and health.
Speaking after his speech at the Welsh Labour conference, Mr Corbyn said that austerity was to blame for funding issues, and that blaming the UK Government was not a “cop out”.
How different from his 2017 visit to Scotland when it was reported that
“Jeremy Corbyn has accused the SNP of standing up for the establishment rather than Scotland by “passing the buck” on austerity and handing down Conservative spending cuts.
The Labour leader used a visit to Glasgow to attack Holyrood ministers, and put forward his party’s case for a new Constitutional Convention to look at how power could be devolved across all the nations and regions of the UK.
He teamed up with the then Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, despite failing to back her call for a new Act of Union to save the UK just more than a week ago.
Ms Dugdale called for the new act last month when she revealed plans for increased federalisation of the UK, including a “people’s constitutional convention” to decide on a new political settlement, but Mr Corbyn said later he “wouldn’t use the words new Act of Union”.
The UK Labour leader is expected to say that both he and Ms Dugdale “agree on the need to set up a People’s Constitutional Convention, led by Labour, to see how best we can redistribute reclaimed powers and resources across all our nations and regions”.
He also highlighted his determination to “replace the unelected House of Lords with a democratic second chamber” that will give all parts of the country an equal say in the UK parliament.
“I want to replace the House of Lords with a Senate for the Nations and Regions,” Mr Corbyn stated.
With the prime minister having announced plans to take the UK out of the European single market in the wake of Brexit, he again warned against creating a “bargain basement Britain”.
Such a move, he argued, will result in “even less money for our underfunded and overstretched NHS, less money for social care, whose budgets have been slashed by billions and less money to give our councils”.
Mr Corbyn added this is “something Scots know all too well with the proposed SNP budget cut of £327 million to local government”.
Turning on the Scottish government he said: “Just like the Tories, they’re devolving austerity and passing the buck.”
The Labour leader continued: “The SNP government simply passes on Tory austerity and is increasingly failing to govern effectively or fairly.
“Trying to talk Left at Westminster when in opposition, whilst acting Right in power at Holyrood, is not standing up for Scotland.
“It is not standing up for Scotland failing to tackle the scandalous level of health inequalities here in this great city of Glasgow and across Scotland.
“It is not standing up for Scotland overseeing a growing attainment gap between children from poorer and wealthier backgrounds.
“It is not standing up for Scotland refusing to use the powers of the Scottish Parliament to invest in all of these areas – and many more where the SNP has failed.
“The SNP is not standing up for Scotland. It’s standing up for the establishment.”
Ms Dugdale pledged Labour MSPs will oppose the Scottish government spending plans by voting against its draft Budget for 2017/18.”
Once again I am forced to repeat this Table.
I challenge Labour to find an area where the Welsh Labour government are doing better in standing up to Westminster compared to the SNP government.
Even if they were to claim that Scotland can do so because they have more powers it would be ridiculous, considering the failure of the Red-Tory failure to seek parity.
There is no doubt that much of the challenges that both Wales and Scotland faces with come as a result of the cuts that started with Labour and were followed up by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition and continues Mrs May. A scenario that will possibly get worse if May and Corbyn wish for a Hard Brexit comes true.
However I know which devolved legislature I would prefer to live in and it a shame Jeremy Corbyn either does not realise it or ignores it.