What AMs said about medicinal cannabis

(Title Image: Telegraph) The Issue Cannabis – despite its classification as an illegal narcotic – can be an effective pain-reliever, particularly for chronic and neurological conditions. Chemical components from cannabis have now been used to…

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…

What Lee Waters said about The Rise of…

(Title Image: BBC Wales) We're currently on the cusp of what's called the "Fourth Industrial Revolution", whereby the economy becomes more responsive to big data and many industrial and service processes are either replaced by…

Senedd unanimously backs “Brexit Continuity Bill” proposal

(Title Image: Cardiff University) One of the growing concerns about the Brexit process in the devolved administrations is the possible "clawing back" of devolved powers by Westminster – underlined by two recent committee reports. Earlier…

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…

2018-19 Welsh Budget approved

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Yesterday, AMs discussed and voted on the final budget for the 2018-19 financial year. Key differences between the Draft & Final budgets Overall draft spending plans (here); draft budget details (here);…

FMQs: Carillion, Stressed NHS Staff & Prosperity

Emergency Question: Carillion's Collapse Adam Price AM (Plaid, Carms E & Dinefwr): What plans has the Welsh Government made to respond to the consequences of Carillion entering liquidation? Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford (Lab, Cardiff West)…

Committee stalls lobbying reform but agrees on need…

(Title Image: BBC Wales) Standards Committee Inquiry into Lobbying (pdf) Published: 11th January 2018 Chair's Statement, Jayne Bryant AM (Lab, Newport West): "There is no doubt that there are groups seeking to influence politicians, and…