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Offa’s Dyke Path, day 3: Bigsweir to Hendre

The morning’s chilly and overcast, and at first a low mist flows downstream, blocking the view of Llandogo.  We march briskly along the riverside drive to Bigsweir Bridge, where G and A are waiting for us.  The iron bridge makes an elegant low curve across the water,...

Y Cneifiwr

Warmest congratulations to Karen Davies who held Saron ward for Plaid Cymru with just over 65% (up 15.7%) of the vote in yesterday's by-election. Labour came second with 20.9% (down 15%). Despite throwing the kitchen sink at the campaign, the Tories trailed in third...

Tories at war

Anybody who wants to know why the Tories are in single figures in the latest polls only need to read this article.Senior figures within that party have effectively given up talking to the country and instead are manoeuvring for position within the party to become the...

Dignity

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett is a Guardian columnist and the author of the novel The Tyranny of Lost things Alys Conran’s debut novel Pigeon was a coming of age story set in a small Welsh village surrounded by slate quarries that grappled with questions of language and...

Poll confirms only Plaid Cymru can beat Brexit

A new YouGov poll for ITV Cymru Wales and Cardiff University has confirmed that only Plaid Cymru can beat Brexit. This poll comes on the day that Wales for Europe Chair, Geraint Talfan Davies, and Welsh Government Europe Adviser, Hywel Ceri Jones, urged people to back...

Further Gender Identity Clinic delays unacceptable

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have condemned further delays to the opening of Wales’ first Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) in Cardiff. The clinic failed to open in April as planned, with a new expected opening date to be announced shortly. Health bodies including BMA Cymru...

The elections where no one talks of Europe

Geraint Talfan Davies is chair of Wales for Europe and author of Unfinished Business: Journal of an Embattled European This article first appeared in the Western Mail on 20 May 2019.  We are in the final week of the European elections, the most bizarre election...

Offa’s Dyke Path, day 2: Chepstow to Bigsweir

After breakfast we wait for three more guestwalkers, J, G and A.  It’s unusual to have as many as six in the group, and there can be drawbacks – losing members by accident on the way, for example – but it makes for a rich mix of character and conversation.  We cross...

The face of a Merchant Seafarer Lost to the Sea

The Merchant Seaman’s Memorial in Cardiff Bay is in the form of a sleeping face fused with a ship’s hull, made by riveting plates of metal together. The technique is one traditional to early iron and steel ship building. The sculptor Brian Fell, whose own father had...

Over-simplistic definitions

Tweet Last week, the leader of the Nigel Farage Party Corporation turned on the SNP, proclaiming that it was impossible for a country to be ‘independent’ whilst also being a member of the EU.  As a consequence, he also urged Scottish independentistas to vote for his...

Who funds Farage’s Brexit Party?

There is an interesting article in today's Guardian reporting that the Electoral Commission is under mounting pressure to launch an investigation into the funding of Nigel Farage’s Brexit party because of concerns that its donation structure could allow foreign...

Remaining in the EU key in solving child poverty

Remaining in the European Union and doubling the amount of funding Wales receives from it could be key in tackling child poverty in Wales, says Plaid Cymru. Research published this week by Loughborough University for End Child Poverty Network - a coalition of...

Young priest features in new BBC series on faith

One of Wales’ youngest priests features in a new BBC series on religion in Wales today. Father Ross Maidment is one of nine young people from different faiths followed in the four-part series, Young, Welsh and Pretty Religious which starts next week. In Wales, nearly...

Governing Body ‘Highlights’

From ministry in rural areas to improving churches for mission, a full round-up of the debates and discussions at May’s meeting of the Governing Body meeting can be read in Highlights. The meeting took place at City Hall, Cardiff, on May 1-2. A Welsh version and...

Welsh Lib Dems condemn praise for Tommy Robinson

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have condemned David Rowlands' decision to praise Tommy Robinson and urged him to immediately apologise. David Rowlands AM called Tommy Robinson a “courageous character” and claimed he “reflects the views of a great many people.” Welsh...

Job opportunity with Warm Wales

Job opportunity with Warm Wales Exciting job opportunity with Cynnal Cymru Member Warm Wales: Established in 2004, Warm Wales works to provide homes with affordable warmth and to alleviate fuel poverty. We work closely with the public and private sectors to maximise...