The Talking Point #32: The case for and…

(Title Image: ITV Wales) It's still unclear yet whether Leanne Wood will face a leadership challenge, having announced last week her intention to stand down if she doesn't emerge from the 2021 Welsh General Election…

The Talking Point #30: If it sounds too…

(Title Image: Afan Valley Forest Park/Northern Powerhouse Developments) Wales isn't short of big ideas and talk, but where we fall short is actually getting things done. I've lost count of the number of "big ideas"…

The Talking Point #29: Be careful what you…

(Title Image: BBC Wales) The only way we're going to see an alternative to a Labour-led government in Wales is if the opposition parties work together to remove them – that was the message coming…

The Talking Point #27: More jobs go, Wales…

(Title Image: ITV Wales) Wales hasn't learned anything about becoming too reliant on a single industry, group of industries or foreign investment. Of course, that's no comfort to the poor sods on the receiving end…

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…