Politics & Public Affairs

Cost of secret ceremony queried.

Given that the  ceremony that was staged a fortnight ago to mark the renaming of the Second Severn Crossing after the Prince of Wales. cost nearly £4000 we may be actually grateful it was carried out almost in private.Prince Charles attended at the start of his...

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The invisible suit

Tweet In the tale of the emperor’s new suit, it was the little child who told the truth which everybody else could see but were afraid to admit – there was no new suit.  The child merely said what he saw; he wasn’t sophisticated enough to see the beauty, or...

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We need a Plan B for the economy

Jeremy Miles and Lee Waters are the Welsh Labour & Cooperative Assembly Members for Neath and Llanelli Two years ago the Welsh economy faced the bleak prospect of thousands of job-losses because of a decision made in a boardroom in India. Through the determined...

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Implementing 42

Tweet To say that I don’t often agree with what one former political opponent (and now MP for Carmarthen West) has to say would be something of an understatement.  But there is an exception to every rule, and when Simon Hart describes his fellow Tory MPs as devious,...

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Leaving the frying-pan

Tweet In his resignation letter and the series of interviews which followed it, David Davis did at least succeed in explaining his own apparently indolent and relaxed approach to negotiating with the EU – he still believes that ‘they need us more than we need...

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Our Local Economies

Chris Johnes is Chief Executive of Building Communities Trust. Neil McInroy is CEO of Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). Later today, Building Communities Trust (BCT) and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) will launch Our Local Economies. This...

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Plaid Cymru statement on Westminster resignations

Following the resignation the Brexit Secretary and the Foreign Secretary from the UK Government, Plaid Cymru has issued a statement. The party's leader in Westminster, Liz Saville Roberts MP said: “Westminster is in crisis as a result of both main parties continuing...

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Why bother?

Tweet My initial reaction to the lack of resignations from Brexiteers following Friday’s ‘agreement’ by the UK cabinet was that they were so confident that the plan would be rejected by the EU27 that agreeing to the ‘plan’ was not so much a concession on...

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Weep for Wales 5

Well, here we are again. And why are we here again? Because there have been further developments, that’s why. Some of them encouraging developments. In addition, I’ve been doing a bit more thinking. Standing back, as it were, trying to take in the big picture,...

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A true Statesman and Patriot.

With Donald Trump  set to make his first visit to the UK since being elected President of the United States. Perhaps we should look at how a true statesman behaves on a visit to another nation. The term Kniefall von Warschau, also referred to as Warschauer Kniefall,...

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This way to the Brexit.

P T Barnum's American Museum was so popular that people would spend the entire day there. This cut into profits, as the museum would be too full to squeeze another person in. In classic Barnum style, old P.T. put up signs that said "This Way to the Egress." Many...

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Groundhog Day

Mat Mathias writes in a personal capacity You can hear it can’t you? Cher’s sonorous voice combined with the Dylanesque whining of Sonny. They say we’re young and we don’t know We won’t find out until we grow Well I don’t know if all that’s true ‘Cause...

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Rebadging the unicorn

Tweet ‘Badge engineering’ is a long-standing practice in both the car industry and the IT industry, and basically amounts to selling identical products with different labels or badges on them.  It never really fooled anyone, and wasn’t usually intended to; it...

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Post-Brexit farming model

Wales must develop a new ‘farming-plus’ model to ensure a sustainable post-Brexit agricultural policy. Brexit represents a profound challenge and opportunity to redesign agri-food, regional and rural development policy in Wales. While the UK public sector funding...

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Wisdom, impact, or just luck?

Tweet Amongst the many comments made following the downfall of the Tories’ Assembly leader, several mentioned that whilst he may have fallen out with many in his party (including the then Prime Minister, David Cameron) over his support for Brexit, as things turned...

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