Politics & Public Affairs

Autism Bill rejection has 'let families down'

Plaid Cymru has expressed its ‘disappointment’ as the Autism Bill was voted down in the Assembly yesterday as ‘letting down’ autistic people and their families. Plaid Cymru AMs voted in favour of the Autism Bill whilst the Labour party voted against. The bill fell 24...

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Breaking the log-jam

Tweet Insofar as the last few days and weeks have clarified anything, it is that there are two major obstacles to making progress in any direction on Brexit. The Irish ‘backstop’ isn’t one of them.  The backstop itself isn’t something which some people who should know...

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The balance of power

Richard Edwards is a land economist specialising in the management of native broadleaved woodland. In his recent click on wales article, David Clubb suggested that the failure to increase the capacity of the electricity grid in Mid Wales would not only deny Wales the...

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No Excuses not to Back People’s Vote

Following the UK Government’s survival in the no confidence vote in Parliament, there are now no excuses for Labour not to back a People’s Vote. The UK Government survived the no confidence vote by 19 votes as the DUP and hard Brexit Conservative MPs supported the...

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May may not be as safe as she looks

Tweet I’ve posted previously on the way in which our own priors can colour our interpretation of facts and events; such interpretations can never be entirely objective.  Whilst to most of us, yesterday’s vote in the House of Commons was a resounding defeat, there are...

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Brexit Must be put Back to the People

Following the defeat of Theresa May’s Deal in Parliament, the Welsh Lib Dems have claimed that a People’s Vote is the only way to end this Brexit crisis. The defeat of Theresa May’s deal by 230 proves what we’ve long been saying, that there is no majority for any...

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The way forward on Brexit

Hywel Ceri Jones is Former Director General of the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social Policy and Industrial Relations (1993-1998), with responsibility for the European Social Fund and the EU’s Peace and Reconciliation Programme in...

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Time to Seize this Opportunity to Stop Brexit

Writing ahead of today's Brexit vote, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds has urged MPs to vote down Theresa May’s Deal and support a People’s Vote. Two and a half long years after the Brexit referendum, we are finally at the moment of reckoning. A month after it...

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Who elects the government?

Tweet There’s nothing at all unusual about the way in which politicians have reacted to the apparent rewriting of the rules by the Speaker; those who are happy with the outcome of the vote which he allowed are praising him, and those dismayed by it are criticising...

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Inaccurate comparisons

Tweet Apparently, the Prime Minister is planning to compare Parliament blocking or changing the nature of Brexit with the referendum on devolution in Wales in her speech later today, asking people to “Imagine if an anti-devolution House of Commons had said to the...

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Duplicity isn’t strong enough

Tweet Faced with what still looks like certain defeat next week, I can understand why the Prime Minister is desperately trying to find a form of words which bridges irreconcilable propositions, but this is surely a step too far even by her own standards of twisted...

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Celtc Union 'a must' regardless of Brexit

The Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has said that there needs to be a much ‘greater co-operation’ between the Celtic nations regardless of Brexit and has suggested a Celtic Development Bank for joint infrastructure investment projects in energy, transport, and...

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A case of theft

Tweet It was Proudhon who argued that all property is theft, although Marx pointed out that the idea of theft itself presupposes the existence of the concept of property.  Whatever, in common everyday language, we all have an understanding that theft is the unlawful...

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