I see that the Archbishop of Wales is reported as saying that to be against a law making Parliament for Wales is "immoral". Now, I agree with much of what the Archbishop says about devolution, and I defend his right to say what he believes, as long as its clear he is speaking in a personal capacity and not on behalf of his Church. But I don't believe he is right to describe the position of those who disagree with his opinion as 'immoral'. In fact, I find the use of this word by someone who, in general, shares my opinion as unhelpful to the cause.
This issue has blown up today because the first Legislative Competence Order has just been approved by Her Majesty. The Assembly will now be able to pass laws (or 'measures' as they will be known) in the subject area included in the LCO. This blog has consistently argued that the procedure that has just been concluded is ludicrously complex, and beyond the preparedness of the vast majority of people to invest the necessary time in to understand.
It would be far more transparent and accountable if the National Assembly had law making powers in those areas that are devolved. I agree with Archbishop Morgan that the current legal processes are "tortuous and convoluted". Later this month I will be speaking at a Conference arranged by the Institute of Welsh Affairs arguing this case. Perhaps Archbishop Morgan will be there making the same argument. But I would not dream of claiming any higher morality for my opinion over those who disagree with me. I will respect those who disagree and try to change their opinion by logic and argument.