The Talking Point #19: Have you noticed the…

(Title Image: Forbes) February is perhaps a time of year local councillors – particularly those in ruling parties – dread. Why? It's budget time, of course - I covered my home county of Bridgend's budget…

Senedd Bites #18: Brexit bust?

(Title Image: Cardiff University) Welsh Government: "Wales must have EU single market access" Last week, the First Minister launched the Welsh Government's paper on trade after Brexit. Although accepting there were trade opportunities outside the…

Best of the Blogs #18: Technocracy rules, OK!

(Title Image: via Youtube) Ifan Morgan Jones builds upon my recent State of Wales piece by arguing that a technocratic Plaid Cymru can learn lessons from the populist Neil McEvoy in light of recent events.…

Best of the Blogs #17: Councils at War?

(Title Image: via Carmarthenshire Planning) War has broken out between Pembrokeshire and the Democratic People's Republic of Carmarthenshire according to the frontline correspondent, Carmarthenshire Planning. Cllr Peter Black joins the growing bemusement at the findings…

The Talking Point #16: (Not So) Secret tram…

(Title Image: BBC Wales) To date, the Welsh Government have been tight-lipped on what exactly their plans for the South Wales Metro and rail franchise are. The entire process has been shrouded in secrecy as…

Best of the Blogs #16: Antiestablishmentarianism

Ifan Morgan Jones makes a (controversial and uncharacteristically odd) claim that Plaid are "becoming an anti-establishment party" at Nation.Cymru. Jac o' the North offers a scathing analysis of the Plaid Cymru-Neil McEvoy row; is there…

Best of the Blogs #15: Boston, Brexit &…

Carmarthenshire Planning & "The Boston Diaries". Prof. Roger Scully lays down the law on claims Wales might vote against devolution if the 1997 referendum were held today. National Left reminds everybody of Winston Churchill's darker…

Senedd Bites #15: Relaunches, Lagoons & Hubs

AM kicked out of Plaid Assembly group For the last year or so, Plaid Cymru have existed in a state not unlike a slow-motion car crash. After cringe-inducingly long time, Plaid Cymru's AMs have decided…

The Talking Point #15: Subtle moves made as…

(Title Image: Wales Online) Like all perishable goods, heads of government have a shelf life. You'll very rarely see heads of government in a democracy last longer than 8-10 years at the top. Those that…

Senedd Bites #14: Bypass bill increases & more

(Title Image: Deryn Consulting) £135million added to Newport bypass bill The proposed M4 bypass of Newport will now cost £1.3billion after a £135million package of improvements to Newport docks was announced as part of an…

Best of the Blogs #14: Farage a troublemaker?…

(Title Image: via Pinterest) Cllr. Peter Black describes Nigel Farage as "a troublemaker in search of a crisis" by interfering in Irish politics. Prof. Roger Scully gives his summarised verdict on the electoral fortunes of…

Review of the Year 2017

(Title Image: accessgranted.nz) January 2017 started with Theresa May announcing that the UK will leave the EU single market and customs union (aka. Hard Brexit). The UK Government later lost a case in the Supreme…

Best of the Blogs #13: The Dragon has…

(Title Image: Institute of Welsh Affairs) I'm going to do something unusual and dedicate this final "Best of the Blogs" of 2017 to one site. Wales in the Movies (Youtube, Twitter) planned to upload the…

Senedd Bites #13: AM set to quit?

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Gill to Go? Rumours started circulating earlier this week amongst multiple sources that former UKIP leader in Wales, Nathan Gill AM (Ind, North Wales), was making preparations to resign his Assembly…

Best of the Blogs #12: Pragmatism

(Title Image: The Guardian) Dic Mortimer wonders if we're failing to heed the lessons of history as the far-right goes on the march yet again. Cllr. Peter Black wonders if the Irish border question could…

Senedd Bites #12: Prisons, Mud & Empty Properties

Inquiry launched into Carl Sargeant leaks; Labour inquiry dropped The First Minister has ordered the Permanent Secretary to investigate how information about the sacking of Carl Sargeant was leaked to outsiders a few days before…

The Talking Point #12: Rotten Egg – Does…

(Title Image: via BBC Wales) One sanctimonious pearl of wisdom is that football is a gentleman's game played by hooligans and rugby is a hooligan's game played by gentlemen. Off the pitch, perceptions have been…