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Carmarthen: Vintage Festival was chuffing marvelous

CARMARTHEN came alive with the sights and sounds of vintage eras on Saturday. Residents and visitors alike were encouraged to take a trip down memory lane as Carmarthen town welcomed back the 2nd Carmarthen Vintage Festival with the support of Carmarthenshire County Council. The Vintage Festival was organised by Carmarthen Town Centre Regeneration Forum through […]

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IWAJac o' the NorthRoger ScullyBBC Wales PoliticsThe EyeOggyBloggyOgwr

After many years of preparation, in 20 months' time the UK-wide Stamp Duty Land Tax and the Landfill Tax will be “switched off” in Wales. The Welsh Government will introduce two devolved taxes to replace them, the Land Transactions Tax and the Landfill Disposals Tax. Although perhaps not traditionally the most eye-catching among a government's suite of taxes, these will be the first home-grown Welsh taxes in 800 years, and their devolution will set an important precedent for the next stage of tax devolution: the £1.9 billion Welsh rates of income tax.

Crucially for Wales, whatever the policy plans the Welsh more >>

Thu, Jul 28, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

Since the Brexit referendum the UK Government's response has been slow and ambiguous – A Cabinet office unit for Brexit was initially proposed then abandoned to be replaced with the new post of “Minister for Brexit”, a role seemingly bereft of clear objectives, and led by an MP who has spent the last 20 years on the back benches.

In Wales the Welsh Government response has been muted to say the least and it is time now that Wales itself took action so that negotiations between the UK and the rest of the EU work smoothly and that Wales – a more >>

Wed, Jul 27, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

You couldn't go anywhere in Wales during the Euro 2016 championships without being palpably aware of the hopes and dreams being placed squarely on the Welsh football team.

As soon as work finished for many people in the evening, you could sense the tension building as everyone scrabbled to get home in time for the game.

Never has Wales been more coloured by its famous raw emotion, and never more has the national colour of red run through the mountains, valleys, cities, towns, homes, bars, pubs, the Fanzone at the Principality, the Parc Olympique Lyonnais – and across the pitch itself – more >>

Tue, Jul 26, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

As an enthusiastic supporter of the Swansea Bay City region, I believe it can be a lot more than an economic development entity. It is very important that the region gets a city deal and that we use it to regenerate our economy. The Swansea Bay City Region has already submitted a ground-breaking ‘Internet Coast' City Deal bid, in excess of £500m over 20 years, to the UK and Welsh Governments. We currently are awaiting the approval of this bid, which will benefit the whole of our region.

The aim of the city deal is to address the integrated universal themes more >>

Mon, Jul 25, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Over the years the Swansea Labour Party has been a reliable source of (relatively) harmless amusement for the toiling masses of the Jack metropolis and beyond, and so it continues. For more tales reach me of back-stabbing and various other self-destructive practices that can only be attributed to utter desperation,

The post Swansea Labour: The Farce Continues appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Sat, Jul 23, 2016
Source: Jac o North

The past few weeks have been perhaps the most turbulent period I can recall in over fifty years of following politics on this island. This goes some way to explaining why the most recent posts have avoided contemporary politics – things have been changing daily. But now that things have settled down a bit, with

The post Labour: The End is Nigh appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Sat, Jul 16, 2016
Source: Jac o North

Having read the full Chilcot Report on the invasion of Iraq by the USA and the UK – in the original Latin – I have decided to spare my readers that ordeal by giving a succinct summary of what lies behind that disaster and why we are where we are. However, for the masochists among

The post Chilcot and Iraq, All You Really Need to Know appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Fri, Jul 08, 2016
Source: Jac o North

I don't think I've ever done this before (as the actress said to the bishop), but this post is all about another post, on a faraway blog I was unaware of until a couple of days ago. To explain. I received an e-mail from an anonymous source providing a link to a blog post said

The post Feudalism Thriving in Powys appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Sun, Jul 03, 2016
Source: Jac o North

As many of you will be aware, we are due to have the first draft of proposals for the new, twenty-nine seat, constituency boundaries in Wales published in September by the Boundary Commission.

The new boundaries proposed will doubtless stir considerable debate, both within and between the parties. What might, and should, they look like?

My friend Harry Hayfield (who is also a frequent contributor to the debate at Political Betting.com has had a go at this monumental task. A link to a PDF file with his suggestions is here.

I should note that the ‘notional' results on these new boundaries more >>

Wed, Jul 27, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

(This blog-post, and three following ones, have been prepared with the very considerable assistance of Matt Congreve, a Cardiff University student currently working for the Wales Governance Centre as part of the Cardiff University Research Opportunities Programme. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @CongreveMatt)

One of the key priorities of the Voter Study component of this year's Welsh Election Study was to explore what political issues were most important to people in Wales in 2016. We wanted to find out what things really mattered to people.

This is something that some Welsh Political Barometer polls have looked at before (see, for more >>

Mon, Jul 25, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

This is the text of a co-authored article (written with my friend Richard Wyn Jones), that was published recently in the New European newspaper.

If anywhere in the UK has benefitted from EU membership in recent years, then it is Wales. A conservative estimate is that Wales enjoys a direct net benefit of £245m per year from the EU. And that is before any wider benefits from the single market are factored in. Given also the widespread acknowledgement that the Barnett formula under-funds Wales substantially, leaving the EU promises to further impoverish one of the poorest parts of the more >>

Wed, Jul 20, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

One aspect of the recent Welsh Political Barometer poll which attracted lots of attention concerned support for independence in Wales. Many people were interested in the following results:

“And please imagine a scenario where the rest of the UK left the European Union but Wales could remain a member of the European Union if it became an independent country. If a referendum was then held in Wales about becoming an independent country and this was the question, how would you vote? Should Wales be an independent country?”

Yes: 28%

No: 53%

Would Not Vote/Don't Know: 20%

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many supporters of Welsh independence more >>

Mon, Jul 18, 2016
Source: Roger Scully
Investment in the UK's first new nuclear plant in decades is set to get final approval later on Thursday from the company financing most of the project. more >>
Thu, Jul 28, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Can this summer's Labour leadership contest unite the party's warring factions? more >>
Thu, Jul 28, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Hidden payments of £30,000 to a Tory MP's 2015 general election campaign are being investigated by the police. more >>
Thu, Jul 28, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Hinkley Point: What is it and why is it important? more >>
Wed, Jul 27, 2016
Source: BBC Politics

Criticism of awarding honorary doctorates to celebrities

The post Honours even appeared first on The Eye.

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Thu, Jul 28, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Stand up the real Owen Smith

The post Identity crisis appeared first on The Eye.

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Wed, Jul 27, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Staff giving medical support condemn move

The post Moving story appeared first on The Eye.

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Tue, Jul 26, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Kirsty Williams has ideas about her official car

The post Clown car appeared first on The Eye.

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Mon, Jul 25, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

I've decided to take a break from blogging, though I'll dip in and out if there are any major stories.
As you can imagine I'm (mentally) exhausted. The Assembly election was bad enough, but the fallout from the EU referendum hasn't helped with the outside prospect of another UK General Election this autumn looming on the horizon - though the Tory leadership candidates appear to be backtracking on that.

Trying to maintain some sort of balance whilst attempting to cover so many different points of view – instead of just blurting out my own – is taxing. I can more >>
Thu, Jun 30, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy


Plaid Cymru warned Welsh produce could lose its geographically protected status if the UK voted to leave the EU. Simon Thomas AM (Plaid, Mid & West Wales) said, “These special designations mean....producers don't have to compete with cheap imitations.” Leave campaigners said the UK could “strike a new deal”.The Welsh Health Survey 2015 found that 60% of adults were either overweight or obese, which was described as a “public health timebomb”. The survey also showed a record low percentage of the population were smoking (19%) and falls in binge drinking.Jenny Rathbone AM (Lab, Cardiff Central) called for more >>
Thu, Jun 30, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
(Pic : BBC)
After exploring the inexhaustable number of reasons why Wales might've voted to leave the EU, as well as the Welsh Government and National Assembly's response to the vote, it's worth exploring in a bit more detail what the immediate and medium-term outcomes of Brexit might mean here.

Brexit & The Welsh Economy

Nobody can predict the future, but they can make guesses and all signs aren't particularly good in the short to medium-term.

For the time being, nothing changes, we're still in the EU. The reaction of the financial and currency markets is a reaction more >>
Wed, Jun 29, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
(Pic : Wales Online)
I won't be covering First Minister's Questions this week – even though the business of government and legislature goes on – instead choosing to cover the National Assembly's response to the EU referendum result.

The First Minister said the democratic voice of the people has to be respected, but the debate was very divisive. It's time to abandon unhelpful rhetoric and improve community cohesion (clip). Lengthy negotiations will last years and should start "sooner rather than later". Nobody has a clear idea what that looks like and what UK Government vision is to bring more >>
Tue, Jun 28, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy