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Month: June 2017

Sacred Synod for the Bishop of Llandaff

The appointment of the Very Revd June Osborne as Bishop of Llandaff will be legally confirmed at a Sacred Synod meeting on July 14. Bishop-designate June Osborne The bishops of the Church in Wales appointed Mrs Osborne as Bishop of Llandaff in April.  Before she can be consecrated as Bishop, however, the Church’s Constitution requires that the appointment has to be formally confirmed. At the Sacred Synod meeting, the bishops will ensure that Mrs Osborne is eligible to be a bishop, that the process of appointing her was carried out properly and that no objections from Church in Wales...

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Devolution as Prozac

But first . . . A LESSON FROM HISTORY Following victories over the Persians at Salamis (480 BC) and Plataea (479 BC), and with mainland Greece liberated, the Spartans withdrew from their leadership of the wartime alliance. Athens seized the opportunity and in 478 BC created the Delian League. Athenian greed and heavy-handedness soon made the other city-states realise that what they’d thought was an alliance of equals was nothing of the kind. Everything now flowed to Athens and the other city-states were little more than colonies. The League’s treasury was used to enhance and glorify Athens, funding prestige projects such as the Parthenon. Courtesy of Ancient History Encyclopedia Eventually, the other city-states could take no more and rebelled. They appealed to Sparta for help and so began the Peloponnesian War, which ran, in three phases, from 431 BC to 404 BC. At the end of the war Athens was defeated and ruined, Thebes and Corinth even wanted to destroy the city and enslave its citizens, but Sparta said no. The Peloponnesian War was bloody and destructive. Due to Athenian selfishness the other Greek states were even prepared to seek Persian help in bringing her down and ending the golden age of Greece. Two news items this week have reminded me of Athens and the Delian League. ♦ BACK TO THE 1960s The first was that the ‘Welsh’ Government will...

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Consecration of the Bishop of Llandaff

One of the most senior church leaders in the UK will be consecrated as Bishop of Llandaff next month. June Osborne, who has served as Dean of Salisbury for the past 13 years, will be consecrated at Brecon Cathedral on July 15. She was appointed as the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff in April by the Church in Wales’ bishops. The consecration will be held at Brecon Cathedral as the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies, is the Church’s Senior Bishop. It will be only the second time that the Cathedral has held a consecration service for a bishop. Bishop-designate...

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Impartial and fair news coverage in GE2017: what does Wales think?

Critical debate and discussion on Welsh media have been a welcome and prominent feature of Click  recently, going back to the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) Wales Media Audit of 2015 which showed a steady decline in funding for Welsh media since 2007, culminating in the IWA Welsh Media Summit in March (for a good example see my colleague Dr Dan Evans’ article). More recently, GE17 leadership debates, polling results and constituency outcomes have been crowding media reports and influencing public debate across the UK, and Wales is no different. However, in a recent BBC news article,  ‘General election...

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‘Oh, Hello, Mrs Twp, would you like to give me your bank details . . . or how about voting Conservative?’

Channel 4 News did a good job exposing the Tory telephone canvassing operation in Neath, but who’d have thought it, eh, principled Young Conservatives up to no good. I am appalled. And in Neath, of all places, fiefdom of the Orange Baron. The call centre seems to have been run by a guy called Sascha Lopez, here’s his Linkedin profile. He speaks English with an accent local to Neath, but his Linkedin profile says he also speaks Spanish, so I’d guess his parents are Spanish but he was brought up in the Swansea area, for he now lives in Pontardawe. Before attending Gorseinon College he was a pupil at Ffynone House School in Swansea. Now I remember this school, and all the others in town at the time of my own education (much of it gained in the tiled wonderland of a subterranean snooker hall). There was Gregg’s, Clark’s, Emmanuel and others. The gap they seemed to fill was for kids who’d failed the 11+ examination but whose parents had enough money to avoid the stigma of their offspring attending a secondary modern school with all those rough children. I suppose they pander to a very similar petit bourgeois prejudice in the era of comprehensive education. You’ll see that on his Linkedin profile young Sascha tells us that he works for Blue Telecoms, and has done since May 2011....

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