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Food Security

Crashing out of the European Union without a negotiated deal would present major issues for the security of Britain’s food supplies. Overnight, it could have a major impact on the availability of the food we eat. This is because most of our vegetables and fruit are...

Labour dig deeper hole on anti-semitism

There may well be elements amongst the Labour leadership who understand the damage the anti-Semitism row is doing to their party and are trying to find a way to back out of the mess that they are in. However, if that is the case then their colleagues are doing them no...

gwallter

gwallterCarmarthen to Aberystwyth by trainCelf gyfoes yn yr Eisteddfod heb waliauGerhard Bersu and ‘hostile environments’Anglesey Coast Path, day 15 http://gwallter.com a blog and more from Swansea by Andrew Green / blogfan a mwy o Abertawe gan Andrew Green Sat,...

Carmarthen to Aberystwyth by train

Travelling in comfort in the Gwili valley It’s our first time on the Gwili Railway – thanks to a nearly-three year old boy obsessed with trains, or, more accurately, steam locomotives.  We spend several hours pottering back and forth along the four mile track...

Compassionate Communities

Dr Julian Abel and Dr Helen Kingston Last month I attended a seminar with colleagues from Powys Teaching Health Board, PAVO’s Community Connectors and our Health & Wellbeing team at Bronllys Hospital in South Powys. It was about exploring a new model of Primary Care...

Differing perspectives

Tweet It was during my time in primary school, back in the 1950s, that I first learnt about Sir Francis Drake.  He was presented, of course, as a ‘British’ hero (despite the fact that ‘Britain’ didn’t exist as a political entity in his day: ‘English’ -...

Inclusive church

More and more churches in Wales are joining the Inclusive Church register to pledge that they welcome everyone, whatever their age, sexuality, gender, race or physical ability. Fr John Connell describes the #inclusionis campaign at one of those hoping to join soon, St...

The cost of Boris’ betrayal

Boris Johnson is not afraid of controversy. In fact he actively courts it. The dishevelled, bumbling, obfuscating figure he projects is a carefully nurtured act designed to throw people off guard, get him through awkward situations and endear him to others. It raises...

Being a good neighbour

Tweet Increasingly desperate Brexiteers have resorted recently to accusing the EU of breaking its own treaties by not accommodating the UK’s demands, on the basis that those treaties require the EU to "develop a special relationship with neighbouring countries,...

Facing two ways at once

Tweet I agree with those campaigning against the dumping of ‘nuclear mud’ off the cost of Wales that we should not allow Wales to become a dumping ground for waste created by others.  There’s some question over the extent to which the waste is, in fact,...

Why is transport in Wales so poor?

'There is no point looking to the British Government to invest in Wales' The table above provides the simple answer - transport funding is being focussed on London and the south-east of England. London gets more than double the transport funding per person than Wales...

A chance to get things right on diversity

Jess Blair is Director of ERS Cymru Has there ever been such a time of change in Welsh politics? By the end of this year there is a chance that none of the parties in the Assembly will have the same leader as at the beginning of the year. This period of flux is very...

Agreeing the definition is a side issue

Tweet Godwin’s Law states that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1".  I don’t know whether online discussions have ever been rigorously investigated to determine the truth of the law, but casual...

The Worst Sentence To Ask On Netflix

Hello there. Hope you're feeling well today.Yesterday (Monday) evening the wife uttered the worst sentence on Netflix to myself and daughter. The sentence was....wait for it... "Let's watch a film tonight on Netflix together. I find with Netflix that it's great when...

Report from Medellin

Medellin is the most stunning place I’ve ever been to. In 1992 it was the most murderous city in the world (over 27,000 murders). Today it’s mainly peaceful. A truly astonishing level of forgiveness. In 1950 there were around 350,000 residents. By 1970, the...

Devolution as EU plot

Tweet The new leader of UKIP in the Assembly has made clear his belief that his victory in the internal election was a direct result of his policy of abolishing the Assembly and that he now expects the whole party to fall into line behind him and support that policy...