No 19: Letter in the Western Mail

Letter in the Western Mail, Friday 22 March 2013

The following letter of mine which was published in the “Western Mail” on Friday 22 March 2013 may be of interest:

 A royal charter? 

SIR – The report “Response raises doubts if press law would work” (March 20) describes the reaction to the proposals for press regulation using a royal charter. 

However, it is not clear what exactly the role of a royal charter will be. Recent experiences have made me question whether there is any purpose whatsoever to a royal charter. 

The University of Wales has a royal charter supported by a number of statutes and the University is supposed to conform to its Charter and Statutes. One of the Statutes states clearly that the University shall regularly consult with its graduates. In reply to a Freedom of Information request the University said there was no consultation before the meeting of the University Council on October 21, 2011 when the Council took the critical decision to dissolve the University and merge with another university. The University had completely ignored the requirements of its Statutes. Consequently this decision was invalid and therefore all actions based on this invalid decision are invalid.

But what happened? Nothing, the university carried on implementing the actions resulting from the invalid decision. And Leighton Andrews, the Education Minister, appears to be taking a couldn’t-care-less attitude. So what is the value of a royal charter if its requirements can be ignored in this way? Anyone interested in more information on this should visit



Read more: Wales Online

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