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Review of ‘In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive and Were Full of Joy’, curated by Elizabeth Price

Jo Spence, The Final Project, 1991–92. Courtesy the Estate of Jo Spence and Richard Saltoun Gallery © The Estate of Jo Spence Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, 13th May to 28th August 2017 Swansea’s Glynn Vivian Gallery had been closed for five years during renovation, but since 2016 it’s back; bigger, better, with a new café and library. The current exhibition, ‘In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive and Were Full of Joy’ is curated by the Turner Prize-winning artist Elizabeth Price. The role of the curator has changed in recent years; he or she was once a shadowy...

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Education in the general election

Jeremy Corbyn deserves some credit for getting education onto the election radar screen. At a meeting of ATL’s senior management team just after the last General Election we had to admit that despite our best efforts there had hardly been a flicker of interest during the campaign. It was a far cry from the 1997 election when New Labour had made ‘Education, education, education’ its top slogan. Corbyn wants to shine the spotlight on the reintroduction of selective grammar schools, the threat of children being crammed ‘like sardines’ into classrooms, and the impact of shrinking schools’ budgets. I suspect that the first is not quite the toxic issue that many on his side would like it to be. The second prompted the Tories to point to rising class sizes in Wales. The third prong might have more traction but even then he needs to be careful in his claims. At his first election rally in Wales Corbyn said: “In Wales it is different, because you’ve got a government that is determined to properly fund education”. It was an interesting use of tense. History is not on his side. For starters there had been a big ‘Under New Management’ sign hanging on the (Welsh) Department for Education and Skills since last May when the last Lib Dem AM, Kirsty Williams, became Wales’ Cabinet Secretary for Education. She and her party...

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Ten Consolations on the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump

Ten Consolations on the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump Recent American history is a perfect statement of the advantages of hereditary constitutional monarchy. At any given moment during the last two decades, the man – always a man – supposedly representing the people of the United States, whether Republican or Democratic, has been viewed with open contempt, even hatred, by about half of them, sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less. Still the Federal Constitution mandates that someone must be that Head of State, and that it should be the man duly elected, certified before Congress, and sworn in according to law. That man is now President Donald J Trump …and no one else. So, with all due respect to his contribution to equal civil rights, Congressman John Lewis is wrong to deny the legitimacy of the Trump Presidency, just as the ‘birthers’ were wrong to deny the legitimacy of the Obama Presidency and the ‘not my President’ meme was wrong to deny the legitimacy of the Second Bush Presidency. As long as history endures, it must record that Mr Trump was the 45th President of the United States as Mr Obama was the 44th and Mr Bush the 43rd. If some still find it hard to accept that the words ‘President Trump’ are no longer just a joke on ‘The Simpsons,’ here are some random thoughts that...

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What next for trade post Brexit?

What next for trade post Brexit? The UK’s decision to leave the European Union will change its terms of trade with the other EU27. A Government amended Opposition motion was passed on 7 December 2016 agreeing that Article 50 will be triggered by 31 March 2017, and that the UK Government would publish a plan before doing so. The Prime Minister, on Tuesday,  gave us a glimpse of what she meant by ‘Brexit means Brexit’. It showed a move towards an ‘extreme’ Brexit in which our ties with the Single Market are severed.  This poses real concerns for trade...

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IWA Podcast: The Wales Bill and the latest on Brexit

IWA Podcast: The Wales Bill and the latest on Brexit Today has seen two significant events alter the Welsh political landscape. This lunchtime Prime Minister Theresa May made one of her most detailed speeches to date on Brexit. She announced the UK Government’s intention to pursue an exit from the Single Market, a likely change in role for the Customs Union, and an end to the free movement of people from EU to the UK. She also used the speech to offer an olive branch of sorts to the devolved administrations, announcing that she has established a Joint Ministerial Committee to give governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the chance to air their views. This afternoon the Assembly has been debating whether to give the new Wales Bill backing to allow it to go back to Westminster to become law. In quite a tricky decision for many of the parties Labour and the Conservatives support the Bill, while UKIP and Plaid Cymru oppose it. This is an unprecedented move for Plaid Cymru, who haven’t opposed legislation on further devolution in living memory. Joining Jess Blair to discuss the day’s events on the IWA Podcast was Dai Lloyd, AM for South Wales West, Huw Irranca Davies, AM for Ogmore, Daran Hill, MD of Positif and Steffan Evans of the Wales Governance Centre. Listen to the podcast below: Source:...

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