Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Now for Westminster...

The report by Sir Roger Jones and his panel on the pay and expenses of AMs contains a large number of recommendations. In other circumstances, there are one or two points of detail (mostly minor) which I suspect ought to be subject to a little more debate; but in the current climate, I don't see how any of the parties can do other than accept the report in full, and that's what I expect to happen.

I don't doubt that there will be some AMs in all parties who might harbour reservations about aspects of the proposals; but it would be a career-limiting move to start expressing those reservations, let alone rejecting any of the recommendations.

Westminster has already launched its own review of the system of expenses, which will report later this year. Whilst there may be some minor differences as a result of the different nature of the two institutions, they are likely to struggle to justify any significant differences of principle, and I expect Westminster to follow the lead set by the Assembly.

1 comment:

Pelagius said...

Funny (not) that none of this generally good stuff is reported in the UK media. Whatever happened to the BBC's vaunted 'nations and regions' balance? They are still as ignorant and Anglo-centric as they ever where. Reform, No. Separation, Yes please!