- The UK Government white paper responding to Calman is due, and appears from the pre-spin to be pretty positive.
The next question is how the Conservatives respond, given the very unenthusiastic signals sent by Tory front-benchers about the financial proposals.
FURTHER UPDATE: The white paper is now available here.
- Peter Hain is to appear before the National Assembly (his ‘Queen’s Speech’ appearance), following yesterday’s shenanigans and the knot in which Rhodri Morgan managed to tie himself, and Welsh Labour.
UPDATE: The headline is that a row didn’t break out in the Assembly, and that Hain said that (like David Cameron) he would not reject a request for a referendum if the Assembly were to make one. More interesting to my ears, though, in the light of the white paper on Calman discussed above, was Hain’s promise of a Commons statement on Thursday responding to the Holtham Commission’s first report.
(For those who managed to miss Tuesday’s row – and it moved very fast – the story has been best told on Betsan Powys’s blog: start here and follow it through the next 6 posts. See also coverage from the Western Mail here and here.)