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Yet another example of repackaged statistics, vague promises and missing targets. – Aled Roberts

May 29, 2012 3:21 PM

Aled Roberts portraitResponding to the First Minister's Programme for Government statement, Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrat North Wales AM said:

"Last week, we saw the Welsh Labour Government produce a nice, colourful document repackaging all of their previous spending commitments to make it look like they were spending more money.

"Today, we see the Welsh Labour Government produce an even nicer and more colourful document, full of graphs and statistics, to try to hoodwink the people of Wales into believing that they are improving their quality of life. I think we are seeing a new era of Welsh Labour Government spin.

"In 666 pages, what is striking is the absence of measurable targets. That is, what will Wales look like in 2016 at the end of Labour's term in government. We, as Assembly Members, need to be able to scrutinise the government and the people of Wales must know how their government is performing. Without measurable targets, this is a very difficult task.

"Last year, after the Labour government was formed, we waited 5 months for their programme for government to be published and during that time we had been waiting for a detailed roadmap of what the government hoped to deliver in its 5 year term. What we were given was a vague and unambitious programme for government without measurable indicators of success.

"The whole point of having ambitious targets is so that the Welsh Labour Government will have to work hard to meet those very targets. From what we've seen so far, it seems like the Welsh Labour Government tends to shy away from hard work. What we saw in the First Minister's statement was yet another example of repackaged statistics, vague promises and missing targets."