Welsh Conservatives "victory" speech
The Welsh Conservatives have published this "victory" speech.
In it they gloat about Labour being forced to back down on top-up fees - "thanks to a Welsh Conservative motion students in Wales will be saved from greater debt".
They also seem to be taking credit for Cardiff's Millenium Stadium hosting major sporting events despite the fact it is only getting them as it is the best equipped international stadium available while Wembley is being rebuilt - "As we approach the autumn internationals series we have a real opportunity to once again to showcase Cardiff as the world class location for sporting events that it is."
Back onto top-up fees and universities - "We have ensured that Welsh students escape top up fees. But we must do much more. The government must honour the agreement to ensure that our universities remain competitive and do not suffer from a funding gap with English higher education institutions."
On to the NHS - "Limited capacity restricts our health service from providing patients with the treatment that they so urgently require. The fact that Welsh heart patients have to be transferred to Wolverhampton, though necessary, acutely highlights the sorry state of affairs in the NHS."
The Welsh economy comes next - "It is clear that Labour has failed to breed the economic success Wales deserves. Wales is the poorest region of the UK. The GDP gap between Wales and the other regions continues to grow."
Council tax is next - "Unacceptable council tax rises have already placed an intolerable burden on our communities. Re-valuation has added insult to injury, hitting households in every community in Wales." ... "The government's U-turn in England is an acknowledgement of the explosive nature of this policy. The British people have had enough of Labour's stealth taxes."
This is all from the party that wants us to elect them next time round and from one of the countries we are supposed to trust to look after our interests in the British parliament.
The Welsh joined forces with the Scots to impose top-up fees on the English and revel in the fact they escaped them themselves courtesy of devolved education.
Welsh patients receive a better standard of care under the NHS with superior treatment and drugs courtesy of a devolved health service
Wales is the poorest region of the UK? So despite England pumping billions of pounds of tax into the country every year and trade and industry and tourism being devolved, they still fail to prosper? Perhaps there is something inherently wrong in the way they are approaching the situation that they should try and fix rather than asking for more money?
England still pays more council tax than anywhere else in the UK despite mbeing more highly taxed than the rest of the UK and having more of its tax misappropriated for the benefit of the rest of the UK. The Welsh, on the other hand, have lower council tax bills and receive subsidies from the Welsh Assembly to keep the costs down.
What are the Conservatives going to do for us other than milk us for more money to pay for their Welsh projects?