“A failing airport nationalised, school league tables abandoned to trade union barons who don’t want a light shone on their own under-performance, and a health service where party apparatchiks put dogma before patient safety.
This is what 15 years of Labour misrule has brought to Wales.
A land of free bus passes and prescriptions where a determination to put “clear red water” between Wales and Westminster has seen a wrong-headed rejection of ideas that might have worked here, simply because they have also been deployed over the border.
At least, that’s how London’s Tory-supporting newspapers like the Daily Mail, The Sun and the The Times, are now selling Wales to the world, with just a year or so to go to a general election.
But how much is crude politicking and how much legitimate scrutiny of important failings?” (WalesOnline 31 March 2014 - See the full comparison here )
Pisa ranks Wales’ education the worst in the UK
Wales has fallen behind the rest of the UK (BBC) significantly in reading, maths and science for the third time, an international study has shown. (PISA OECD 2012)
In Wales, there were lower results on average in the three subjects than in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Scotland leads the way in the UK in maths and reading, while England is ahead in science.
- In maths, Wales fell three places to 43rd of the 65 countries
- In reading, the nation is now ranked at 41 down from 38
- The biggest fall came in science where Wales dropped six places to joint 36th