The Talking Point #24: Counting the cost of…

(Title Image: via change.org) One story you might have missed amidst the furore over the Second Severn Crossing name change and Rod Liddle was the Welsh Government's decision – via Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams (Lib…

The Talking Point #23: Are ambulances stuck on…

(Title Image: via Youtube) In 2015, a new ambulance 999 call category system was introduced following a pilot across Wales. The system was developed after a review of ambulance services and concerns over poor response…

The Talking Point #22: The Continuity Bill Row…

(Title Image: Cardiff University) Unless an agreement can be reached, this final fortnight before AMs go on Easter recess will be dominated by the Continuity Bill, which has already started the process of going through…

The Talking Point #21: Is the end nigh…

(Title Image: BBC Wales) In August 2010, BBC Wales reported that The Western Mail was bobbling around the 30,000 daily circulation figure, with some optimism that the figures were improving. The latest figures, from 2017,…

The Talking Point #20: UKIP at a crossroads

(Title Image: laughingsquid.com) Four leaders in 18 months (six if you include acting leaders). A disastrous 2017 UK general election. A complete no-show in the Welsh & Scottish local elections last year. An expected wipe-out…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Talking Point #10: Can parties and ministers…

(Title Image: SBC News) Political parties never like to give the impression they're undermanned or anything less than professional. The truth, at a Welsh level particularly, is that most of the backroom administration is done…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Talking Point: Boris’ Brexit Bluff

(Title Image: BBC) This feature is supposed to focus on Welsh politics, but if there's one UK-wide issue that's going to continually and unavoidably eat up quite a bit of time, space and sanity it's,…