Wales does, however, get a lot of things right. In shops, the law says you have to charge 5p per plastic bag. A quick trip to Tesco, and the automatic tills had no plastic bags - you had to ask the attendant for some, which would then get added to the bill. You also felt like a wasteful idiot. A by-product of this has been no plastic bags by the sides of the road, and a generally cleaner environment. It's probably a trial for the rest of the UK. If it is, surely the trial has succeeded?
Also in Wales, it's the law to display those food hygiene inspection scores. In England it isn't. I discovered this while adding http://n14.net/info/food-ratings/ which has been an alarming piece of work. There is a chicken takeaway that has a hygiene rating of zero - the lowest possible - yet it is still trading and doesn't, surprise surprise, display that rating prominently anywhere. A local curry house has a hygiene rating of 1 (the second lowest), yet actually displays a rating on the window of 4 - presumably an earlier inspection. There doesn't appear to be anything stopping them doing so. Chatting to someone in the food trade here, I discover that traders spend considerable time ensuring they'll hit the magic 5 - top-marks - because they have to display the rating somewhere. This sounds like a good idea. Again, it's probably a trial for the rest of the UK. If it is, surely the trial has succeeded?
Wales might be maligned as being a bit backward and a little parochial by the rest of Britain: but certainly it would appear it is more forward - thinking than you'd expect.
It also has very bizarre graffiti.