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A Psephological Summer

I hope you have all had a good summer. You will have noticed that the blogging has been quiet for some weeks. I spent some time while the weather was warmer re-charging my psephological batteries; since I returned to work at the start of the month I have had my hands...

An Autism Act for Wales

Meleri Thomas is External Affairs Manager for National Autistic Society Cymru Ten years on It’s been over ten years since the Welsh Government published its Autism Action Plan. Wales was the first UK nation to develop a strategy to meet the specific needs faced by...

Our Smart Region

Keith Watts is the IWA’s Smart Region Project Coordinator. The IWA’s Our Smart Region report – launched today – explores how the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal could use smart technology to drive improvements in the lives of the people who live and work in...

Sgythia

Pe bawn i’n nofelydd hanesyddol, byddwn i’n meddwl dwywaith cyn dewis Dr John Davies Mallwyd fel ffigwr canolog fy llyfr. Ysgolhaig oedd John Dafis (Davies) – yr ysgolhaig disgleiriaf o oes y Dadeni yng Nghymru, ac un o’n hysgolheigion amlycaf erioed.  Ei brif...

Houses of the Welsh Countryside

The cover of the first edition, showing the Old Vicarage, Berriew, 1975. For much of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the study of farmhouses and cottages was pursued by antiquarians more or less independently of professional archaeologists and historians....

30+ school class sizes quadruple over past five years

The number of junior classes with more than 30 pupils in Welsh schools has more than quadrupled in the past five years. The official government figures were unearthed by the Assembly’s research service after a request by Plaid Cymru’s shadow education secretary...

Welsh essential?

Tweet As part of his leadership campaign within Plaid Cymru, Adam Price has produced some proposals on the Welsh language.  It’s a pity that the media reporting concentrated on only one aspect – there’s a lot more in the plan (available here) than simply the...

Job Vacancy: Director

Size of Wales is a growing, ambitious and international charity which aims to mitigate climate change through education and tropical forest protection and reforestation. We are seeking a Director to deliver a strategy that will deepen and widen Size of Wales’...

Jane Dodds' Speech to Liberal Democrat Conference

Jane Dodds has delivered her first speech to Liberal Democrat Conference as Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. Jane discussed her Welsh, British, European and Internationalist identities and the Welsh Liberal Democrats' status as the only party clearly arguing for...

Universal Basic Income and the Welsh Perspective

In Wales, like the rest of the UK, we are seeing increasing homelessness and food bank usage. The UK Government continues to roll out a Universal Credit system that will exacerbate this poverty. No compassionate politician can resign themselves to worsening poverty....

Introducing: Living Wage Friendly Funders

Introducing: Living Wage Friendly Funders Friendly Funders Cynnal Cymru- Sustain Wales have been the Living Wage Accreditation body in Wales since 2016. The Living Wage Foundation works to improve pay conditions across all sectors but has recognised particular...

Peter Black

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Busting the immigration myths Yesterday's Daily Mirror comments on an expert report from the Migration Advisory Committee that it says busts some major myths about immigration, many favoured by the far right.The first myth, that EU...

Friends, enemies – and Gove

Tweet With friends like Michael Gove, the Prime Minister really doesn’t need many enemies.  In his anything but enthusiastic support for the doomed Chequers proposals, he said at the weekend that it was the best arrangement for the time being but that any future...

Labour bid to railroad farming plans under fire

The Labour Government has been accused of trying to railroad through one of the most drastic changes in Welsh farming since World War Two. During a debate on the future of Welsh farming in the National Assembly today Plaid Cymru Shadow Agriculture Secretary Llyr...

The Oldest House In Wales

Hafodygarreg, Powys, the oldest house in Wales. Hafodygarreg is the earliest precisely-dated house in Wales. Core samples taken from the surviving cruck-truss provided a felling date of Summer 1402 which was during Owain Glyndŵr’s revolt. The tree-ring dating...

Bombs, ,Yemen and thinking critically….

[embedded content] Bombs, ,Yemen and thinking critically.....I listen on Radio 4 to the frantic calls of a man in Yemen searching through the ruins of his home for his children and wife. The bombs raining down come from the Saudi led coalition to which we contribute...

Bridgend Town : The Decline Continues

Hello there. Hope you're feeling well today.Regular readers to this blog will know that even though I don't live in the area anymore I make occasional trips to Bridgend Town to look around. As I've discussed previously I believe it's an urban tragedy mainly brought on...

Twenty one years ago in Wales….

Twenty one years ago in Wales.... [embedded content] I think back over 21 years ago and to the referendum for a Welsh Assembly. I was living in Alltwen near Pontardawe. My son was 2 it was a September night not as cold as it is today yet I was worried. I looked at the...

Welsh Conservatives Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle

The new Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Paul Davies AM, has reshuffled the Shadow Cabinet in the National Assembly for Wales today, calling the changes “the first move in positioning the Welsh Conservatives as the next government of Wales�. The details are as...

Amazon’s Tax Bill

Coverage of politics at Westminster is obsessing about every minor detail of the Brexit discussions, while very little attention is being paid to the Budget, only a few weeks away. What changes do we want to see from the Chancellor of the Exchequer? The challenge he...