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Month: October 2016

A Bit More on Prejudice in Wales

One of my most widely-read blog posts in the last year was this one, which used data from the 2011 Welsh Election Study surveys to explore attitudes, and levels of prejudice, towards various groups in society. The analysis was based around answers to a question which asked survey respondents “[U]sing a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 means very unfavourable and 10 means very favourable, how do you feel about…”. This question was repeated in this year’s Welsh Election Study pre-election wave survey (which was run in March, before the formal campaign period for the election began). This time, we asked the question about the following groups: – Gay and lesbian people – Muslim people – Black people – White people – Transgender people – Jewish people – People who speak Welsh – People from England who come to live in Wales – People from Eastern Europe who come to live in Wales – People who come to live in Wales as refugees from conflict zones like Syria (Those items listed above in italics were repeated from the survey in 2011; those not in italics were added in 2016 as new groups about which to explore attitudes). So what did we find? First, I’ll give four sets of figures for the overall sample: The percentage of WES respondents giving 0 out of 10 for that group (in short, those...

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Voting Ourselves Free

With permission from my fellow campaigners at Yescaerdydd, this blog summarises the approach we intend to take as a group in the campaign for an independent Wales.  Our thinking is at an early stage, and will be refined and enhanced as others join us (indeed our intention in putting our thinking out there is to create an ‘open-source’ approach, you can contribute via social media, or hopefully join us via video link once we’ve set this up for future meetings).   But for now, we have a plan to unite and guide our efforts. Its not a plan for how an independent Wales will look.  Its not an economic plan, or a political strategy, because we don’t think we have all the answers. It’s an engagement plan, to get more of you involved so that together we can make it happen. Hopefully the following will give you a flavour of the discussions we’ve had so far, and tempt you to either join us or set up your own branch of YesCymru. The pictures accompanying this blog are in reference to the two newest members of the YesCymru movement – @yesllundain and @YesCymruBroMorg. Momentum gathers…  No one likes being told they are wrong.  At the moment, being #indyconfident is still a minority (albeit a growing minority) stance in Wales.  It’s not going to move things on a great deal therefore if we...

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Pembrokeshire OPD features on Channel 4’s Grand Designs

Simon and Jasmine Dale’s low impact smallholding, located within the Lammas Eco village in Glandwr, Pembrokeshire, has just featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. Their beautiful energy efficient dwelling, was self-designed and built with the help of volunteers for only £27,000. A remarkably achievement when you consider that a regular self-built home of similar size and spec would normally cost at least six times this much. Presenter Kevin McCloud says: “You might think this is just a bunch of hippies having fun on the side of a hill in Wales, but this is a research project and enshrined in government policy.” He is “in awe”...

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Pembrokeshire OPD features on Channel 4’s Grand Designs

Simon and Jasmine Dale’s low impact smallholding, located within the Lammas Eco village in Glandwr, Pembrokeshire, has just featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. Their beautiful energy efficient dwelling, was self-designed and built with the help of volunteers for only £27,000. A remarkably achievement when you consider that a regular self-built home of similar size and spec would normally cost at least six times this much. Presenter Kevin McCloud says: “You might think this is just a bunch of hippies having fun on the side of a hill in Wales, but this is a research project and enshrined in government policy.” He is “in awe”...

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