In the Western Mail today, Damian Green, the Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice in Englandandwales, said there was "no real appetite" for devolving powers over police and criminal justice to Wales.
He couldn't be more wrong about that.
Two recent opinion polls on the subject show that a significant majority of people in Wales want policing to be devolved. In 2009 the figures were:
For each of the following issues, please indicate which level of government you think should have responsibility for making decisions relating to it in Wales:
The Welsh Assembly Government ... 50%
The UK Government at Westminster ... 33%
Local Councils in Wales ... 10%
The European Union ... 1%
Don't know ... 7%
And in 2011 the figures were:
Would you like to see the Assembly gain responsibility for police and the criminal justice system?
Yes ... 56.7%
No ... 26.0%
Don't know/unsure ... 17.3%
Politicians who are opposed to the devolution of policing and criminal justice to Wales are simply following their own political agenda, for public opinion in Wales is in favour of it by a very large margin.