LAST week the people of Wales stayed at home rather than take part in the election of our first police and crime commissioners
We suspect a fair few more will turn out if there is a referendum on tax-making powers for Wales. Nothing rallies voters like the knowledge they are having a direct effect on their own wallets.
The Silk Report recommends the Welsh Government assumes power over half our income tax levy, and a handful of smaller tax revenues.
Of course when voters gave the Assembly more law-making powers it followed, as night follows day, that AMs would want to be able to control how much we pay in tax.
Devolving income tax would be a "fundamental constitutional shift", the Silk report says, in something of an understatement.
The prospect of people in Wales paying income tax at a different rate from their English neighbours makes current differences in health and education policy pale into insignificance.