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Last month, Facebook sent me a link to a video they had made of my activity on their site over the last year. To my mind, that was more proof, if any were needed, that Facebook is a media company, despite all its protestations.

A study by Enders Analysis in November found that Facebook and Google accounted for 90% of the growth in UK digital advertising in 2016. Earlier studies have shown the duopoly accounting for up to 85% of US digital advertising revenues. Even though Facebook recently found itself under pressure after admitting it had miscalculated its more >>

Thu, Jan 05, 2017
Source: Clickonwales

Wales has a serious problem with its media.

Of course, the UK as a whole is hardly a paragon in this regard, with its rabid tabloid press out to distort and manipulate at every turn.

Yet Wales suffers the unique problem of invisibility, of no information rather than distorted information – it's difficult to say which is worse.

Welsh people simply don't hear anything about Wales or Welsh politics. There is a glaring information deficit. Less than 5% of Welsh people read Welsh newspapers (unlike most nations, Wales has never had a truly ‘national' daily newspaper) more >>

Wed, Jan 04, 2017
Source: Clickonwales

Summarising the nature and functions of today's United Kingdom (UK), the introduction to the report titled Devolution and the Future of the Union (Constitution Unit, University College London: April 2015) explains that the ‘economic union provides the UK with a single market, with a single currency and strong central fiscal regime. The social union provides the social solidarity which binds the UK together, by redistributing revenue, and pooling and sharing risk through welfare benefits and pensions. In the political union, every part of the UK is represented in the Westminster Parliament, which manages the economic and social unions, and as more >>

Tue, Jan 03, 2017
Source: Clickonwales

When pulling together a review of 2016 it's difficult to know where to start. While an extended tribute to David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Abe Vigoda was my natural starting point, I don't think it would really deliver that much in relation to Welsh politics. So how does somebody review the events of Wales' political bubble over the last 12 months in a way which isn't just navel-gazing within each party's social media echo chambers? No doubt readers will have their own answers, but it strikes me that as fitting to approach 2016 through the lens of Kübler-Ross' model of more >>

Thu, Dec 29, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

It's difficult to know where to start with this rather complex story. Maybe we should go back to 2008 and the Welsh Housing Quality Standard, presented as an attempt to improve the standard of social housing. The WHQS was in fact nothing more than the Decent Homes Standard that operated in England. Another example of ‘Welsh'

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Mon, Jan 02, 2017
Source: Jac o North

Well, boys and girls, it's that time of year. Those of you who haven't done a runner with the Christmas Club money will be relaxing at home wrapping your bottles of Old Sheepshagger with festive ribbons before immediately opening them, feigning joy and surprise, then getting quietly pissed. For now, as Christmas approaches, we tend

The post Weapons of Mass Deception appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Wed, Dec 21, 2016
Source: Jac o North

Before memories fade of what is being described on Twitter and elsewhere as “the best Cilmeri ever” it gives me great pleasure to be the first to publish this poem by a Welshman who has been away from us for far too long. An indication of his whereabouts may be gleaned from knowing that in

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Tue, Dec 13, 2016
Source: Jac o North

When the incoming Labour government offered us devolution in 1997 I didn't get too excited, but still, if Kinnock and George Thomas are against it, I thought, then it might have something going for it. So I voted Yes, but only because I saw devolution as a step on the road to independence. Encouraged by

The post Welsh Assembly, Time to Move appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016
Source: Jac o North

After an extraordinary 2016, there's certainly lots to look back on! Whatever else we might say, it wasn't dull…

The main electoral event in 2016 in Wales was, of course, the National Assembly election in May. In the end the result was much as had been suggested for some time by the Welsh Political Barometer polls conducted in the months leading up to the election; and also very close to the projections from the first ever ‘on the day' poll in a devolved election, which was conducted by our friends at YouGov for the Wales Governance Centre and ITV Cymru more >>

Sun, Jan 01, 2017
Source: Roger Scully

In this second of two pieces about attitudes to the Welsh language, I will, as promised, look at attitudes across different levels of Welsh-language competence, and among supporters of the different political parties.

Our Welsh Election Study surveys asked respondents about their level of competence in the Welsh language. We used quite a simple question on this, from which we can generate three categories of respondents: fluent Welsh-speakers, those with some competence in the language but short of fluency, and those who indicated that they did not speak Welsh. I will use these three categories in analysing responses to our questions more >>

Sun, Dec 18, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

As I've mentioned previously, in this year's Welsh Election Study voter surveys we covered a lot of ground. The core business of the surveys was to understand whether people had voted; if so for whom they had voted; and to try to gather some understanding of why they had behaved in the way that they did in the National Assembly election. But across the three surveys we ran we also took the opportunity to explore many aspects of public attitudes in Wales. This was partly to see how such attitudes were related to party support; but also partly out of more >>

Sun, Dec 11, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

Three years ago, colleagues at the Wales Governance Centre, working alongside the Electoral Reform Society Cymru, published a report advocating a larger National Assembly for Wales. The case they made then is, I think, yet stronger now. While the Assembly may have been adequately sized, at sixty AMs, for its initially very limited powers, it is no longer fit for purpose. Since 1999 the chamber has acquired primary law-making powers, and also some taxation and borrowing powers – with more on the way.

Brexit is also likely to bring substantially greater scope for legislation and policy innovation in devolved competences more >>

Mon, Dec 05, 2016
Source: Roger Scully
From the environment to subsidies, trade tariffs to animal welfare, farming has the most to lose - and gain - from Brexit. more >>
Thu, Jan 05, 2017
Source: BBC Politics
Youngsters are being left to fend for themselves on the internet, says England's children's commissioner. more >>
Thu, Jan 05, 2017
Source: BBC Politics
The UK's new ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, can help make a success of Brexit, No 10 says. more >>
Thu, Jan 05, 2017
Source: BBC Politics
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale tells the BBC the UK is more important to Scotland than the EU as she sets out her plan to "save our Union" in 2017. more >>
Thu, Jan 05, 2017
Source: BBC Politics

Welsh Government broke law over keeping information secret

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Wed, Jan 04, 2017
Source: The Eye Investigates

Happy New Year!

The post New year, new stories… appeared first on The Eye.

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Sun, Jan 01, 2017
Source: The Eye Investigates

Talking politics and over-indulgence at Christmas

The post Skating on thin ice appeared first on The Eye.

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Fri, Dec 30, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Why rules are broken about selling your house

The post Keeping your house in order appeared first on The Eye.

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Tue, Dec 27, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

A BBC Wales investigation found local health board spending on non-permanent and agency staff rose from £64million in 2013-14 to £137million in 2015-16 – an increase of 114%. BMA Cymru said the use of locums stemmed from “bad workforce practices and poor planning”. The Welsh Government recognised challenges in medical recruitment but the problems “weren't unique to Wales”.The Wales Refugee Council criticised “sub-standard” accommodation provided to Wales' 2,500 asylum seekers. Clearsprings Ready Homes - which provide all asylum accommodation in Wales – has a £119million contract with the UK Home Office to supply the homes and refused to more >>
Mon, Jan 02, 2017
Source: OggyBloggy


Since August I've been asking myself, "Why am I still doing this?"

I can't come up with any good reason. After the last few posts you can probably tell I'm getting tired of it and find it so joyless it's hard to call this a hobby but more like "unpaid labour nobody asked me to do or needs".
The irony is the site is (statistically) more popular than ever, but it's a mirage. Owen doesn't exist anymore. Owen is a shell.

Due to changes in social media algorithms, getting people to even see the posts is becoming as much more >>
Thu, Dec 15, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
(Pic : Northampton College)Having stood down the"picket line", it's worth giving those of you who might've laughed it off a friendly reminder of how much work's done here - just under two hours for this post; no pay, very little if any coverage of this topic anywhere other than the BBC. It's also what's going to be lost in the future; more on that tomorrow.
The latest Welsh law introduced in the Senedd on Tuesday (13thDecember) - by Minister for Lifelong Learning, Alun Davies (Lab, Blaenau Gwent) - aims to improve and enhance the education rights more >>
Wed, Dec 14, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy


The final First Ministers Questions of 2016 takes place this afternoon, but you won't be getting anything from me.
As most readers know, there was a diplomatic attempt by two backbench Plaid Cymru councillors – Cllr. Alun Lenny (Plaid, Carmarthen Town) and Cllr. Cefin Campbell (Plaid, Llanfihangel Aberbythych) – to hold a debate in Carmarthenshire Council on the (seemingly inevitable) forced sale of Jacqui Thompson's home.

Their motion called for a remedy that wouldn't result in homelessness whilst still accepting the libel judgement. It probably would've dissatisfied both sides, but that's often what the best compromises are.

The motion more >>
Tue, Dec 13, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
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