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Kirsty Williams says 10th anniversary means it's time for business not backslapping In Cardiff Bay.

2009 Mai 6 1:53 PM

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said: "10 years of devolution has been a step forward for Wales. We have moved closer to the people's parliament that Wales should have and the Welsh Liberal Democrats hope that this process can be accelerated in the near future. But today is no day for backslapping and cosy congratulation. We're in the middle of a devastating recession and we face years of huge public spending cuts. After 10 years of rising budgets, building up public debt during the credit-fuelled boom years, this Assembly must now take a reality check." "Businesses and families in Wales deserve an Assembly Government that is honest about what can and cannot be delivered, that makes tough choices today and doesn't save up problems for the coming years. In assessing the success of the National Assembly for Wales we must examine the legacy that ten years has left: a legacy of the continued poverty for many welsh communities, of unaffordable higher education, of vital health service failures and a lack of resilience to peak oil and climate change. It is the next two decades that will reveal the damage this legacy has done to Wales."