Politics & Public Affairs

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...

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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’ -...

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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...

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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,...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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False choices and sloganeering

Many people have criticised Theresa May's blunt and uncompromising approach to immigration and the debilitating effect it is having on the economy and our public services, but surely even she must listen to the latest comments from the CBI.As the Guardian reports, the...

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Y Cneifiwr

Warmest congratulations to Karen Davies who held Saron ward for Plaid Cymru with just over 65% (up 15.7%) of the vote in yesterday's by-election. Labour came second with 20.9% (down 15%). Despite throwing the kitchen sink at the campaign, the Tories trailed in third...

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Some big boys did it

Tweet The Bloomberg Editorial Board produced an opinion piece a few days ago, urging the cancellation of Brexit, arguing that “It isn’t too late for the U.K. to change its mind about this whole misbegotten ventureâ€�.  The suggestion that Brexit is a...

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Boris Johnson is a dangerous fool.

Don't be fooled Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson's  a column in which he had written in the Daily Telegraph. As part of an article discussing the introduction of a burqa ban in Denmark, Johnson that Muslim women who wore burqas "look like letter boxes" and compared...

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Colombia – County Times

I am spending the first weeks of August in Bogotá, capital city of Colombia in South America. It’s a country not as well known within the UK as its size and importance warrants. Colombia has a population of 50 million. It is bigger than France and Germany combined....

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Highest NHS Staff Sickness Rate on Record

Welsh Conservatives are calling for ‘improved treatment’ of NHS Wales staff as today’s official Welsh Government statistics reveal 6.2% of working days were lost to sickness absence January 2018 – the highest rate ever recorded for a single month. The release...

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