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Month: December 2017

Updates 12.12.2017

Tis the time of giving, and goodwill to all men – but not on this blog! A few old favourites return and I take another look at scams with which we are familiar . . . all too familiar. It’s Deck the Halls indeed – with oodles of public funding. For this is Wales, and it’s always Christmas! ~~~ NEIGHBOURS Following the previous post I wrote to Wrecsam planning department over the weekend, and was answered very promptly on Monday morning. I think I’m now a little nearer to understanding what’s been going on at 33 Grosvenor Road. To...

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Hearing from ‘Missing Voices’ – confusion, frustration and hope in Welsh politics

“What does politics mean to you?” It’s a tough question, and even more difficult to answer in ten words or less. But it’s precisely this question (among many others) that over 800 people across Wales answered as part of our ‘Missing Voices’ project which reports back today. ‘Missing Voices’ has been an attempt to understand what people across Wales feel about politics beyond the ballot box. To do this we ran a series of focus groups, spanning across Wales, and a wide-scale survey. Our focus groups deliberately tried to reach those who wouldn’t normally take part in this type...

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And the winner is…

For some years now, the Political Studies Association of the UK has held an annual Awards dinner. A number of awards are given every year – including Politician of the Year and Political Journalist of the Year. (These went this year to, respectively, Jeremy Corbyn and Stephen Bush). There are also a small number of prizes for academics. One of these is for the Political Studies Communicator – the academic who has done the most valuable work to bring academic knowledge and research to a wider audience. This prize has been won in the past by a very distinguished list of scholars. I was very pleased indeed that this year the Political Studies Communicator Award was given to me. The awards jury referred to “the authoritative and tangible contribution he has made researching and commenting on Welsh politics as well as astutely conveying wider political issues and enhancing the public understanding of politics via the media”. A video – albeit one shot on my iPhone – of my acceptance speech is now available here. It is mostly in English, although I suspect I may have given the first ever PSA Awards acceptance speech that was also partly in Welsh and Urdu. Share...

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Bawso and friends

PROPERTY EMPIRES In my previous post I wrote about Rose Mutale Nyoni Merrill, queen of the race relations industry in Wales, perhaps undisputed monarch since the downfall of the Malik dynasty. If you go to that previous post, Wales: Corruption and Poverty, and scroll down to the section ‘Hired Bullies’, you’ll see that I looked at the various roles to which Mutale Merrill has been appointed by the ‘Welsh’ Labour Government, and I explained how she’d used her authority – on more than one occasion – to stifle criticism of her political masters who, in addition to elevating her to...

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‘Show people the power of our faith’ – Archbishop

Young people would high-five the prophet Job and queue for selfies with Jesus if they properly understood Christianity, said the new Archbishop of Wales today. In his address at his enthronement as the 13th Archbishop of Wales, John Davies challenged churches to ‘rehabilitate and refresh’ how they explained the Gospel message, particularly to young people. Being a Christian, he said, was not about just going to church. He said, “We are not always seen for the good which we do, or for the just causes which we support or further, or for the justice and truth for which we...

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