Wales Labour leadership contender – and AM for Cardiff South and Penarth – Vaughan Gething has said that he would like to see voting being made compulsory.
He’s told WalesonLine that “I think it would make politicians behave differently. If you knew every person had a vote you couldn’t ignore people.”
Gething also backs giving 16-year-olds the vote and says that people should be able to vote “on-line” – presumably on their mobile phones.
He also says he can “see a case” for their being yet more members of the Welsh Assembly than there are at the moment
It’s not been a good day for Gething in the National Assembly. As Hamilton was questioning Labour’s questionable decision to appoint another commissioner to investigate the “Barmaidgate scandal” ( see PDN http://tinyurl.com/ycwu2v88 ) Gething began – in a most un-statesmanlike way – to heckle and interrupt Hamilton from a sedentary position.
Hamilton told him on no uncertain terms to “Shut up and Listen!”.
Gething’s humiliation was then compounded when he was told by the Presiding Officer to remain silent during the remainder of Hamilton’s speech.