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Reading the message

In a post a week before the elections for the European Parliament, I suggested that there is a problem when politicians argue for us to use an election to ‘send a message’, firstly because the end result is a conglomerate of a whole lot of individual decisions taken...

The Battle For Wales: It Begins….

Hello there. Hope you're feeling well today.Well the results for the European elections are now known. In Wales The Brexit Party won. Basically hoovering up Conservative and UKIP votes. Unfortunately for those of us on the Remain side, the vote was split five ways....

It is  perhaps in the genes of politicians, that they are directed to the leadership of their party and thinking they could be Prime Minister.Even when their party is in a slump , there is always those who aspire to leadership even if the polls suggest that it will be...

Something has Changed

Image credit: Theresa May. Picture by Annika Haas (CC BY 2.0)   The tide had turned. Whereas once I heard sympathy from Torys and non-Torys alike for a Prime Minister trying to deliver the near impossible with a polarised public and an obstinate Parliament, more...

AMs back dementia charity’s awareness week

Shadow Ministers Janet Finch-Saunders and David Melding have pledged their support for Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends scheme. Marking Dementia Awareness week (20th to 26th May), the Welsh Conservative Assembly Members joined a cross-party group of AMs and...

Worst A&E waiting times in Wales for over a year

Statistics released today (Friday 24th May) show that 23.7% of patients – that’s 21,381 people – had to wait longer than the four hour target. That’s the highest percentage since March 2018, when NHS Wales had the lowest rate of people being seen within four hours on...

The end is still not nigh enough

Getting things right with the benefit of hindsight is easy enough; getting them right in advance is a lot harder.  But Theresa May’s premiership was doomed to end in tears from the point at which she picked up a red pen and started drawing impossible and contradictory...

Apropos of nothing in particular

This week’s Welsh Political Barometer poll asked the following question: “Which of the following do you think would make the best Conservative leader and Prime Minister if Theresa May were to stand down?” These are the results, presented in two columns: for our entire...

The Only Child Lonely Child Myth

Hello there. Hope you're feeling well today.The latest book I'm reading from the library is The Unlikely Heroics Of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas. I won't speak a lot about this novel here. I've only just started it and so as the plot might alter my perceptions as I go...

Pastel

Pastel from Swansea have been building a reputation over the past year and we finally got to see them live at this year’s Rawfest in Cardiff. The music scene in Wales has always favoured the south and Cardiff in particular. However, alongside the likes of Bandicoot...

“Stochastic Terrorism”

In the aftermath of the Christchurch murders, the term “stochastic terrorism” has returned to the scene. It appeared around 2010, and has experienced some meaning drift. Back then it referred to “the use of mass communications to stir up random lone wolves to carry...

An extraordinary time in politics

In the near 40 years I have been in politics I have never seen anything like the mess we are currently in as a democracy and as a nation. As somebody who has studied history, I am struggling to find precedents for the extraordinary chaos that exists in the two main...

There can be no doubt that the so Called Brexit Party will do well n the European Elections  and it seems that it has influenced voting intentions for the fiture UK General election and National Assembly elections in Wales.,.I am going to concentrate on the Assembly...

Offa’s Dyke Path, day 8: Kington to Knighton

It’s the last day of the first ‘semester’ of our Offa trip.  And it dawns like most of the others, sunny and warm.  We buy some sandwiches: there’s nowhere to eat or buy food along the Path ahead.  In fact, we won’t go through a single village, just green fields, open...

Perfect Body – Melting Trees

Posted by Francis on May 22, 2019 in CD Reviews, News | Beginning with an incessant and propulsive synth line this track glides along and is both hypnotic and compelling. Moving ever onwards it has some seriously heavenly vocals before part 2 erupts at almost...

Offa’s Dyke Path, day 7: Hay-on-Wye to Kington

Yet another sunny, warm day.  This will be a three-water-bottle day, since it’s fifteen miles to Kington and there won’t be anywhere to eat or buy food en route.  C and I pick up supplies from a shop and cross the Wye.  Instead of carrying on along the road to Clyro,...