Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

Origins

Question: Where does all this Climate Change and eco rubbish come from?
Answer: United Nations

Question: In what form?

Agenda 21: Social Justice and the Global Redistribution of Wealth
Agenda 30: Global redistribution of people.

The cloak of faux sustainability

We can all see that it is important that economic growth does not take place at the expense of social conditions and the environment.  We see it in China today where the environment is of limited concern when ensuring a strong economy but is of great social consideration regarding keeping a large population stable.

In the UK we had reached a point where the protecting the environment had become more of a national concern and development had to reflect sustainability – balancing social, economic and environmental factors considering the net benefit to future generation

Dark forces

There is always a problem with global intervention in the sovereign affairs of a nation. The UN and the EU may seem all sweetness and light when that intervention is not in the UK/Wales’ best interest.  It is of even more concern if that nation actively encourages it.

When it launched its White Paper in respect of the Sustainable Development Bill, the Welsh Government sought to ensure that sustainable development is at the heart of everything it does.

It saw a Sustainable Development Bill as the next stage in its devolution journey, setting out in legislation the delivery of a governance framework for a sustainable Wales and the strategic direction for sustainable development ensuring decisions taken demonstrate real outcomes.

Looking behind this rhetoric and deeper into the details the truth is quite bizarre. When, however, the Welsh Government mentions SD it is from their definition of it, which is skewed in favour of social justice and the environment. I refer to the earlier Welsh definition which leads to erroneous thinking that the economy is outside SD. The bias in Wales came from stakeholder groups promoting the environmental signing up to the United Nations Agenda 21 and the associated summits. Wales sought to be legally fettered by the environment under the banner of Sustainable Development.

Actually, at the Bill stage the government realised that what it was proposing did not align with a balanced view of the sustainable development at all, so it changed the name of the Bill from Sustainable Development and took it away from the government’s planning department. It is still considered part of planning reform but by the back door.

Planning Policy Wales – One Wales, One Planet’

So, why the Bill? The Welsh Government has the principles of global Sustainable Development as policy in the document ‘Planning Policy Wales – One Wales, One Planet’ aligning, not with national or local sustainable issues, but with Agenda 21. National and local policies of social, economic and environmental well-being are well catered for in our democratic system and it is argued do not need the excesses of global Agenda 21. In having its own law-making powers Wales proposed to enforce an environmental bias making it legally binding in respect of all facets of public life. This Bill sought a Welsh body with legislative powers to advise on and monitor the promotion of the principles within Agenda 21 particularly the environment.

Defra’s 4Es

The main thrust of the proposal for the SD Bill was set out in its White Paper with an approach openly based upon Defra’s 4Es in A framework for pro environmental behaviours and the proposal for an environmentally orientated ‘independent’ body  to drive forward that framework using social marketing, a form of propaganda, to achieve it. Welsh Government has said it wants Sustainable Development to be the central organising principle, placing a stronger sustainable development duty on not just itself but also the wider devolved public service.

The consultation

The consultation in respect of this Bill was carefully sheltered from the general public. The promotional events getting to the Bill stage contained very little economic commercial input and the events in respect of the White Paper were not intended for the general public but ‘sustainability’ stakeholders and representatives of the public service that would be directly subject to the duty. 

Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

So the Welsh Government has its Sustainable Development Act with title of Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 with a lack of consultation provenance. With it came shed-loads of seemingly wonderful goals all overseen by a commissar. The Act established a statutory Future Generations Commissioner for Wales whose role is to act as a guardian for the interests of future generations in Wales, and to support the public bodies listed in the Act to work towards achieving the well-being goals.

In each local authority area in Wales, the Act also establishes Public Services Boards (PSBs) answerable to the Commissioner. Each PSB must improve the economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being of its area by working to achieve the well-being goals.

An insidious piece of legislation deftly brought in.

Cost Impact

The general public have an interest in the cost impact on services such as health, education and to the economy. The usual academic/political paternalism still prevails and wider public awareness was too dangerous to the success of the Bill for the consultation to be extended into the hands of good old Joe Public. The cost impact is that the NHS in Wales has to find funds for this propaganda. This is a massive albatross.

Immigration. Positive legislation by default – the bright side 

Every cloud has a silver lining and on this one the nationalists, greens and Labour have shot themselves in the foot.

Every nation has a right to be proud of its origins by which its culture is defined and refined and Wales is no different.

Wales has a culture and heritage which it is right to seek to preserve. The erosion of culture through acculturation is a by-product of multiculturalism.

However one of the goals of the Future Generations Act is:

A society that promotes and protects culture, heritage of Wales and the Welsh language

The Welsh will say that they only meant it against the English but there are far worse cultures than the English that are being established in our land.

Let’s hope it creeps into English / British legislation as well.

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