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Month: September 2017

Provincial office move

After almost 100 years, the national office of the Church in Wales is moving to a new address. Next week (September 25), the Representative Body of the Church in Wales relocates into the heart of Cardiff and to a modern, accessible work space. The move became necessary as the converted residential properties the Church had occupied on Cardiff’s Cathedral Road, were no longer fit for purpose, either as offices for its staff or as a meeting venue to which people travel from all over Wales. After exploring many options, the Trustees decided that the most expedient solution would be to...

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An Existential Threat to Wales

TWENTY YEARS ON We are currently celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the referendum that gave us devolution. Ron Davies described it at the time as “a process not an event”, but little if any progress has been made. In yesterday’s Llais y Sais Ron Davies was allowed to explain why he thinks devolution has failed to deliver, why it has not improved the lives of Welsh people. This seems to have been a print version of what he said the day before on radio (06:00) and television (15:26). Llais y Sais allowed Carwyn Jones to respond, and his response was pathetic; hiding behind the shade of Rhodri Morgan and talking of increased powers rather than addressing the point raised by Ron Davies, which was that Wales is worse off today – in terms of wealth, health, education and other indices – than she was 20 years ago ergo devolution has failed to deliver. Few outside the Bay Bubble would disagree with Ron Davies. But lurking in the shadows I perceive another threat, an existential threat to the continuing existence of Wales. A threat made easier to carry out because devolution has failed and because so many people in certain parts of Wales feel that devolution has delivered nothing for their area. ◊ FERRY ‘CROSS THE MERSEY . . . AND MOVING TO BANGOR Unlike Ireland and Scotland Wales does not...

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Simon Nehan (Kevin)

National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth People have forgotten how to say ‘no’. That’s the problem in this country. We are allowed to say ‘no’. Port Talbot steelworks; site of one of the last heavy industries in Wales, and threatened with closure in 2015. The story made headlines around the world, and the Save Our Steel campaign was quick to respond, gathering a momentum that captured the spirit and uncertainty of our times. So what happens when we come together? What happens when we say ‘no’? In Port Talbot, leaders, workers and unions all said no. These people came together...

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The/Y cast

National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth People have forgotten how to say ‘no’. That’s the problem in this country. We are allowed to say ‘no’. Port Talbot steelworks; site of one of the last heavy industries in Wales, and threatened with closure in 2015. The story made headlines around the world, and the Save Our Steel campaign was quick to respond, gathering a momentum that captured the spirit and uncertainty of our times. So what happens when we come together? What happens when we say ‘no’? In Port Talbot, leaders, workers and unions all said no. These people came together...

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Jason May (Rob) & Ioan Hefin (Rob)

National Theatre Wales & Common Wealth People have forgotten how to say ‘no’. That’s the problem in this country. We are allowed to say ‘no’. Port Talbot steelworks; site of one of the last heavy industries in Wales, and threatened with closure in 2015. The story made headlines around the world, and the Save Our Steel campaign was quick to respond, gathering a momentum that captured the spirit and uncertainty of our times. So what happens when we come together? What happens when we say ‘no’? In Port Talbot, leaders, workers and unions all said no. These people came together...

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