I'M the youngest columnist at The National but there is a lack of young people being platformed for the discussion around constitutional reform in Wales.

The most blatant case of this is the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales, where we have a lack of representation.

This strikes me as strange due to the nature of Wales wanting to care for future generations.

Then again, the Future Generations Act does not cater to any goals pertaining to Black, Asian and minority ethnic people so who knows, maybe devolution does not work for people like me.

Despite our Senedd being in the heart of one of Wales’ most diverse communities, many people do not feel that the work there affects them, with many not caring for it.

If we are to platform a constitutional discussion, we need to make it inclusive, that is the only way Wales can make this a success and get radical ideas.

The Welsh Government has objectives. The first is "to consider and develop options for fundamental reform of the constitutional structures of the United Kingdom, in which Wales remains an integral part". The second is "To consider and develop all progressive principal options to strengthen Welsh democracy and deliver improvements for the people of Wales".

If these are the asks, we need to see what they mean to the people of Wales, from all backgrounds.


This is not about me, it is about everyone in Wales and I recommend that people get involved with the commission however they can.

We have a space to propose the most exciting ideas and it is the people of Wales who have the mandate to do just that.

We are able to craft our destiny and build a Wales for everyone now and in future generations to thrive. Trying to predict the options that will come out of the commission is of no use.

While people will argue for ideologies we need to be open to a middle ground solution as the best way forward. We, the people of Wales will guide our government to constitutional consensus.

We need to be bold about our ideas and I encourage people to talk candidly to one another about the Wales they want.

From my perspective, I feel that we in Wales need to be educating people on, and pushing for, a federal solution to the constitutional question.

As a proud Welsh Liberal Democrat, we have been talking about home-rule and devolution before it became a stylish buzzword on the tongue of the Welsh Government.

Why federalism?

To me, federalism ensures that we have a guaranteed constitutional existence.

At the moment, our Senedd could be snatched from us by simply passing a bill through Parliament. This strikes me as reactionary at best and dangerous at worst.

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The Senedd needs to be in control of whether it exists or not for us to sustain this discussion and ensure that it continues.

There have been countless polls on Wales’ future and further devolution is quite consistently the preferred option.

There are some policy areas that work better at Westminster level thanks to the economy of scale we are as a UK and the basic point that we are all human, entitling us to basic needs such as rights and welfare.

While Wales does not agree with the Westminster government, people need to pull apart the fungal nature of current Westminster government policy and focus on which level of government is best placed to decide what policy.

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We should move to a place where Wales is a loud voice in Westminster and a trusted key player with the rest of the UK nations.

Westminster policy should be a starting point to set standards, not a place to tell us what to do. In a world where we are becoming more connected than ever before, why would we trick ourselves into isolation?

Federalism gives Wales our rights but keeps our friends close, thanks to the skill of reforming the UK. While Scotland turned the constitutional debate toxic, we can keep ours kind. 

At the moment, many of us are at risk from both the Senedd and Westminster governments due to our protected characteristics, socio-economic situation and/or the lives we lead. 

We need to build a strong, open and tolerant Wales and to me the solution is clear: the future is federal.

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