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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 April 2005, 10:58 GMT 11:58 UK
Wales voters' panel: David Jones on week 1

MEET THE PANEL
David Jones
Name: David Jones
Age: 58
Lives: Llansamlet
Works: Retired teacher
Original voting intention: Plaid Cymru
In 10 words or less: Likes to travel, interested in current affairs, Wales rugby fan
At the time of writing, the election campaign doesn't seem to have taken off in Wales, what with the Pope's funeral and the royal wedding.

Wales hasn't shared in New Labour's so-called economic miracle, so I'm not impressed with Tony Blair making it the central issue.

Something needs to be done to break out of the malaise from which Wales has suffered under decades of successive Tory and Labour governments.

To deal with the serious problems it faces, Wales needs a proper parliament, not an ineffective talking shop.

I want a commitment to implementing the proposals of the Richard commission for a parliament with primary legislative and tax-varying powers.

Other priorities for me are: pulling our troops out of Iraq after the illegal war which cost so many innocent lives, and for Wales, economic regeneration, resolving the crisis in the NHS, and a decent transport infrastructure.

I'm concerned about Labour's intention of placing hundreds of gigantic wind turbines on and offshore here, spoiling our beautiful coastline and countryside, and the likely devastating consequences for tourism and the economy.

On civil liberty grounds, Labour's recent measures allowing indefinite house arrest without trial and without charge worry me, as does their plan to introduce identity cards.





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