Best of the Blogs #24: Mind Palace

(Title Image: Visit Cardiff) Jacqui at Carmarthenshire Planning called on county councillors to revisit and review the unlawful libel indemnity clause. A guest blog hosted at Elections in Wales by Dr Siim Trumm on dual…

Senedd Bites #23: Tributes, Mergers & Blocks

(Title Image: Wales Online) Tributes to former Welsh Secretary, Nicholas Edwards & Lord Richard Former Welsh Secretary, Nicholas Edwards (Lord Crickhowell), died on 17th March at the age of 84. He was the longest-serving Welsh…

Best of the Blogs #23: Free News?

(Title Image: BBC Wales) With further declines in local titles, West Wales News Review questions whether we can afford "free news"? Glyndwr Cennydd Jones outlines some of the constitutional consequences and options for a post-Brexit…

Senedd Bites #22: Cash Crisis

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Headteachers warn of "quiet crisis" in school funding Headteachers told BBC Wales that they fear the prospect of teacher redundancies, larger class sizes and lower standards due to pressure on budgets…

Best of the Blogs #22: Just resting….

(Title Image: via Youtube) National Left compares the reasoning used by the UK Government to retain powers over the devolved settlement (with regard the Continuity Bill) to a famous excuse from Father Ted. Rodolfo Walsh's…

Senedd Bites #21: Caretaker

(Title Image: Wales Online) £14million for school maintenance Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor), announced a £14million fund for schools to make urgent repairs after concerns were raised that maintenance costs were…

Best of the Blogs #20: Flags

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Carmarthen Planning reports on the latest machinations in the Democratic People's Republic where, after a lot of prodding and social media outcry, CCC caved in to fly the rainbow flag. Y…

Best of the Blogs #19: Rainbow

(Title Image: www.babiafi.co.uk) Liz Silversmith provides an excellent and detailed outline of the Senedd's complicated political make up. At Nation.Cymru, Alex Meredith argues for a directly-elected head of government for devolved Wales. National Left on…

Senedd Bites #19: Disquiet

(Title Image: Arts Council for Wales) "Disquiet" within Labour ranks Both the Economy & Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates (Lab, Clwyd South) and Jenny Rathbone AM (Lab, Cardiff Central) have publicly admitted that there have been…

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 #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…

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 #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…

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…