There was an exceptionally important debate in the National Assembly Chamber yesterday; despite its importance it probably won't receive much media attention.
It was a debate about work based training for vulnerable children. This might not be a subject that raises the blood pressure of political activists in Wales; indeed it was so uncontroversial that it was given unanimous support by Assembly Members.
The result of the debate will mean that the Government will change some of its policies regarding work based training for the most vulnerable children in Wales, but the importance of the debate is much more than the beneficial effect that it will have on the lives of vulnerable children; its importance lies in how vulnerable children, themselves, have actually caused a changed of Assembly Government policy.
The change in government policy began with two vulnerable children voicing their frustration to the child protection charity Action for Children - Gweithredu dros Blant. Gweithredu dros Blant took up the children's issues and presented them in a petition to the Assembly. The Assembly's cross party Petitions Committee looked at the petition, took evidence from interested parties and presented that evidence to ministers; and the ministers have acted on that evidence.
This is fantastic, this is real democracy in action, and this is an example of real people changing policy in areas that affect their lives.
Historic is an overused word in politics but an occasion where vulnerable children's complaints can lead to a change in government policy is really historic!
Petitions being ignored have played a big part in the Westminster government's history. I have signed some of the Petitions to the Prime Minister on http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/ and all of them have resulted in an e-mail that says in civil service speak "p*** off"!
Petitions to the Welsh Assembly, even from vulnerable children, can change government policy!
The Government in Wales reacts to the opinions of the people of Wales in a way that Westminster doesn't!
Is there a better reason for voting YES on March 3rd?