The Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM First Minister of Wales looked out over Cardiff Bay. Overpriced franchises as far as the eye could see told him the free market was doing its job. A bright, shining future awaited the people of Wales where, one day, everyone would be able to spend £10.00 for fish and chips whilst staring at a statue of Scooby Doo in the adventure of the haunted, open air, Gay Bar.
The brave new world he foresaw would be brought about by expertly crafted legislation. This is what the enemies of freedom hated. What they wanted to destroy. He would not let them. The Local Government (Democracy) (Wales) Act 2013 would go through, he would see to that. He would use the power of the text to get it through the committee stage intact and from there see it enshrined in law.
It was imperative to the success of the fledgling democracy that he was able to reform the organisation and functions of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales and amend the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 in relation to the responsibilities of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales and the structure of local authority audit committees. It went without saying really.
The enemies of Wales were many and varied. They came from within and without. They came with smiling faces and with a sullen grimace. They lurked in their millions over the border. Every day was a battle during which each man, woman and child of Wales had to be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice. Some cats and dogs as well. Carwyn was flanked by Torok the Elder (currently in his earthly form of the Golden Badger of Wrexham) and the Sleeping Giant of Abercraf (currently manifesting his powers in the body of Wales and Ospreys tight-head prop Adam Jones). He stared out over the Bay; over everything his government had achieved and spoke.
We will fight and yes, we may die. This much is true.
They can take our lives but they can never take our ability
to enact secondary enabling legislation within the 20
Subjects of Schedule 7 to the Government of Wales Act 2006.
A tear sprang from the corner of his eye and he turned to his comrades. Their faces were masks of sheer determination. The bill would succeed. The citizens of Wales would have rocket in their baguettes and pay and extra £1.50 for the privilege, for this was the price of democracy.
And so it begins. Can you keep your receipts because if we
have to work away from the office we are entitled to a
subsistence allowance. It doesn’t seem like much but it
all adds up and then you find you’re out of pocket at the
end of the month….