Best of the Blogs #9: Rules & Reformations

(Title Image: Wales Online) There's a further follow up on Mark James CBE's latest legal threat by Y Cneifiwr. Carmarthen Planning asked whether it's one rule for us and another for the Dear Leader on…

The Talking Point #9: Carwyn needs a fair…

(Title Image: Channel 4 News) Alongside the Carl Sargeant Inquiry, the wider issue of harassment and bullying in politics isn't over by a long shot. The First Minister was forced into accelerating the timetable for…

Best of the Blogs #8: Remembering

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Plenty has been said about the terrible news this week, as will its fallout, so I wanted to focus here on other matters. At Click on Wales, Dr Gethin Matthews calls…

Senedd Bites #8: Auf Wiedersehen, Arriva

(Title Image: aberdareonline.co.uk) Arriva withdraws bid to run next Welsh rail franchise One of biggest stories over the fortnight - obvious exceptions aside - has been Arriva Trains Wales (owned by Deutsche Bahn) withdrawing its…

Carl Sargeant 1968-2017

(Title Image: National Assembly of Wales) Former Communities Secretary, Carl Sargeant, has died at his home in Flintshire. Carl served in multiple Welsh Government roles since first being elected to represent Alyn & Deeside in…

Senedd Bites #7: Money in the Banc

(Title Image: South Wales Chambers of Commerce) Development Bank of Wales Launches After several years of ifs and buts, the Development Bank of Wales (called "Banc") became reality after being officially launched on 18th October…

Best of the Blogs #7: Unmusical Chairs

(Title Image: National Assembly of Wales) Daran Hill offers his thoughts via Click on Wales on the division of Senedd committee chairs following a row between the Conservatives and Labour/Plaid Cymru. Carmarthen Planning returns to…

Best of the Blogs #6: All’s not well…

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Carmarthen Planning asks whether the Swansea Bay City Deal is beginning to unravel? Further comment from Sian Caiach and Y Cneifiwr. Dic Mortimer has a unique, somewhat cathartic, take on the…

Senedd Bites #6: A Civic Service

Could you be called up to the Senedd's "Second Chamber"? An interesting proposal has been put forward by one of the Assembly's few parliamentarians – David Melding AM (Con, South Wales Central) – on introducing…

The Talking Point: Ofcom lays down the law,…

(Title Image: Royal Television Society) One of the longest-running (and deeply frustrating) sagas in modern Wales is what's become known as "The Democratic Deficit" – a lack of programming and information about Wales broadcast to…

Best of the Blogs #5: Ain’t No Party….

(Title Image: Jac o' the North via Twitter) National Left asks whether the Welsh Government always intended to scrap the Circuit of Wales? Cllr. Peter Black called for a rethink on Universal Credit. We might…

Senedd Bites #5: More Breathing Room

(Title Image: Wales Online) Assembly Commission plotting estate expansion? The draft 2018-19 Assembly Commission budget has earmarked £1.1million over the next three years towards a possible expansion of the Assembly estate in Cardiff Bay. The…

The Talking Point: The End of the Labour-Plaid…

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Last week, Leanne Wood announced to party members via a letter that the "compact" agreement between Labour and Plaid Cymru – negotiated following the 2016 Welsh General Election and subsequent deadlock…

Senedd Bites #4: Grants & Awards

(Title Image: Chapter Arts Centre) Welsh Conservatives rally to back Swansea tidal lagoon The Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd (and outside) have sent a unified message to the UK Government that they should back the…

Best of the Blogs #4: Vulgar Displays of…

(Title Image: Carmarthen Planning via Twitter) Carmarthen Planning makes a useful comparison between the attitude towards unlawful payments in the Republic of Ireland and the Democratic People's Republic of Carmarthenshire. Nation.Cymru's Ifan Morgan Jones asks…

The Talking Point: Stage set for final laps…

(Title Image: Welsh Government via BBC Wales) A public inquiry into the highly-controversial £1billion Newport M4 bypass is still ongoing, but it's been clear from the start that the Welsh Government are resolute in their…

The Talking Point: Cool heads needed as Spain…

(Title Image: The Telegraph) Events in Catalonia are reaching a tipping point as the nation gears up for a highly controversial independence referendum on Sunday (1st October), with relations between the Catalan and Spanish governments…

Senedd Bites #3: Roads & Holes

(Title Image: Daily Post) Report warns of NHS becoming a "financial black hole" The NHS could soon scoop up as much as 56% of the Welsh budget by 2022 according to a new analysis from…

Best of the Blogs #3: Not Another One!

(Title Image: Wales Online) Y Cneifiwr raises the prospect of another Welsh-medium school row in Carmarthenshire. This time it involves the replacement of the dilapidated Ysgol Dewi Sant on green space, with evidence the local…

Best of the Blogs #2: Wales Says….Meh

(Title Image: ITV Wales) Whilst not questioning the principle of the Welsh & Scottish governments joining forces to oppose the Brexit Bill, Cllr. Peter Black questioned whether – in light of parliamentary sovereignty – it's…

Senedd Bites #2: Right to Fight

(Title Image: Neil McEvoy AM via BBC Wales) Plaid Cymru airs dirty laundry in Right to Buy row Depending on who you ask, Neil McEvoy AM (Plaid, South Wales Central) is either a breath of…