Please, Wales, get out and vote for devolution at the March 3 referendum on strengthening the Welsh Assembly writes Roy Jones in the Morning Star.

It's vital that all supporters of greater powers for the nation vote on that day and convince others to do so, even if it's raining.
 
It's important for the future of Wales because it's clear that those opposed to increased powers for the Welsh Assembly are relying on apathy and a low turnout to get their way.
 
Low turnouts in these situations are often the obstacle to progress, but in Wales the No campaign has virtually admitted that it is banking on indifference. True Wales, the main organisation campaigning for a No vote, has refused to register as a lead campaign with the Electoral Commission, thus losing £70,000 of campaign funding, free mail shots and TV and radio broadcasts.
 
Foolish? No, because without a registered opponent Yes for Wales can't qualify for any of those assets either. By diminishing the ability of both sides to make their cases they aim to curb what ought to be a vibrant discussion on the way forward for Wales.
 
The Yes campaign is hardly setting the world alight. It isn't easy without a bona fide opponent, leaving us in danger of not having the policies argued out or ending up with a government without a strong mandate proclaiming itself "the people's choice." It's worth setting out the issues.
 
Since there are so many areas in which the Welsh Assembly must seek the British Parliament's permission before legislating, the present situation can result in long delays if MPs oppose its right to make laws on a subject.
 
Issues vital to the interests of Wales, such as housing and the use of the Welsh language, have been delayed in this way. A Yes vote will allow the Welsh Assembly to legislate on any matter within the 20 broad "subject areas" - including health, education and housing - that it is responsible for and remove the necessity of waiting for the nod from Westminster.
 
But if the referendum is defeated London's ability to thwart the wishes of the Welsh Assembly will remain, and for goodness knows how long.
 
The No campaigners really want to do away with the assembly entirely, but that's not on offer. The best they can hope to achieve is a complete lack of public interest in Welsh government so they can say: "I told you so."
 
But the evidence from polling suggests that a healthy majority of the electorate - up to 75 per cent in some polls - support greater powers for the Welsh Assembly.
 
If that's to be reflected in the turnout there is no time to waste in putting the case for a Yes vote on the progressive basis of advancing democracy.
 
Travelling across Wales it is clear how in this beautiful country, after 400 years of industrial development which have given wealth beyond the dreams of avarice to a few, there are still many pockets of deprivation and poverty.
 
One reason for that could be that the people here have never been truly in charge of their destinies. Let's hope that we can set this aside on March 3 and take another small step forwards.
 
Wales referendum - the facts
 
The Welsh Assembly has power to pass primary legislation in 20 subject areas, including health, agriculture, education, housing and the environment.
 
In each subject area, the assembly can make laws on some matters but not on others. If it wishes to make laws relating to these matters it must apply to Westminster for permission, and the Secretary of State for Wales decides in each case whether the assembly gets the right to pass such legislation.
 
If the referendum delivers a Yes vote, the assembly will gain the power to legislate on any matter within the 20 subject areas without needing the government's authorisation. If it results in a No vote, the situation will remain as it is now.
The Welsh Assembly has no power to legislate on defence, tax or welfare benefits and this will not change whatever the result.
 
By Roy Jones