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IWAJac o' the NorthRoger ScullyBBC Wales PoliticsThe EyeOggyBloggyOgwr

We all want to see older people get the best possible care. However, here in Wales we have a social care time-bomb. Before it goes off it is absolutely critical that we have an honest, challenging, conversation right now about the future of care in Wales and how we are going to pay for it. Otherwise we risk facing a social crisis, the likes of which we have not seen in this country since the days of the workhouse. This is a challenge for us all: the Welsh Assembly, the Welsh Government, the people of Wales.

We need to start a more >>

Thu, Sep 29, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

The advent of devolution in Wales brought with it a rapid transformation in the ways the political parties presented themselves. Each UK party has emphasised its Welshness. Nick Bourne rebuilt the Tories in a Welsh mould, Rhodri Morgan dug a moat between himself and Tony Blair and filled it with ‘Clear Red Water' and the Liberal Democrats quickly opted to elect a Welsh party leader from the Senedd rather than Westminster.

More recently, UKIP – a party that just a few years ago wanted to abolish the Assembly – felt obliged to rebrand for a Welsh audience (and were more >>

Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

Over the past two years I have been privileged to lead an independent Review of the funding of Higher Education in Wales. The review team included representatives from across the political spectrum as well as further and higher education and industry; heard evidence from many stakeholders; and there were over 100 submissions to a call for evidence. What is clear from all the evidence is the immense value that the people of Wales put on higher education as a driver, for Wales, of economic development and social cohesion. In addition higher education does not work in an educational vacuum. It more >>

Tue, Sep 27, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

The long awaited Diamond report into higher education funding will shortly be published. At the request of the Welsh Government, Sir Ian Diamond and his expert team of reviewers have sought to put together a package of funding and support for higher education that is sustainable. The scale of the challenge is significant, since 2010 when the Welsh Government introduced the tuition fee grant the Higher Education sector in the UK has been transformed.

Fees have risen to £9,000, and are projected to rise even further in the years ahead. Funding for universities has rapidly shifted from funding council grants more >>

Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

BY A GUEST WRITER It's a pleasure to follow the excellent guest posts on tourism and heritage that have generated a fair amount debate, shining a light on the dubious practices of the Welsh tourism industry and how these practices affect local communities as a result of flawed Welsh Government policy. The focus of the

The post Merthyr Tydfil's Tourism Delights and Labour Amnesia appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: Jac o North

♦ ‘BESPOKE ACTIVITY SESSIONS' I am indebted to Brychan, a regular visitor to this blog, for drawing my attention to another example of misguided do-gooding, this time linking with enviroshysters and the ‘heritage' racket – yea! even unto the Strata Florida Trust! (You couldn't make this up!) We start in the Elan Valley, the collective

The post Grant-grabbers, How They Are Related appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Sat, Sep 17, 2016
Source: Jac o North

BY A GUEST WRITER ◊ Keeping tabs on the incestuous, grant-fuelled world of the Welsh heritage industry could be a full-time job in itself. It seems there is no end to the number of charitable trusts set up to take advantage of the funding available ostensibly to rescue this or that old ruin or building,

The post Conserving Heritage, Maintaining Colonialism appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Tue, Sep 13, 2016
Source: Jac o North

BY A GUEST WRITER Having followed a series of excellent reports published by Jac related to the custodianship of our nation's heritage, I should like to return to that telling mission statement of the National Trust for Scotland:- “Scotland's rich cultural heritage is not only an invaluable economic and social resource, it is what gives

The post Custodians of our Nation's Heritage: Propagandists of Conquest and Empire appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Fri, Sep 09, 2016
Source: Jac o North

Our latest Welsh Political Barometer pol included two sets of questions about party leadership. Both produce some interesting results.

First, we included our now usual question that asks respondents to the poll to rate leaders on a 0-10 scale. We asked this question for all the main Welsh party leaders, plus the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition. Here are the average ratings out of 10 for each leader, along with the change since the question was asked in our last poll. For Theresa May, the ‘change' represents how her rating now compares with that for David Cameron in the more >>

Fri, Sep 23, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

Theresa May has helped lift support for the Conservative party in Wales to its highest level for six years. This is the stand-out finding from the latest Welsh Political Barometer poll, the first opinion poll to be conducted in Wales since the change of Prime Minister.

As usual, our poll asked people how they would vote both in a general election for the House of Commons and also in an election for the National Assembly. First, Westminster. Here are the figures from our new poll (with changes from the last Barometer poll, conducted in early July, indicated in brackets):

Labour 35% (+1)
Conservative more >>

Fri, Sep 23, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

As many of you will have noticed, the Boundary Commission for Wales reported last week, with proposals for a new map of the House of Commons constituencies in Wales. Here I'll just make a few comments and observations on their proposals.

First, we should all be aware that the Commission had no discretion at all in the number of Welsh seats that they could recommend. That number was dictated by the provisions of the ‘reduce and equalize' legislation (the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act) passed by parliament in 2011. This legislation, within the overall ambition to reduce the number more >>

Mon, Sep 19, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

As many of you will be aware, there is a facility for people to offer Comments on my blog posts. I don't, in general, police this facility very closely. I mostly let people get on with it, although I normally try to respond to any direct questions that I get asked here.

In recent weeks – due primarily to some difficult personal circumstances – I've kept an even less close eye on this section of the blog. Unfortunately, it seems that some people have been pushing my tolerance to the limit by using the Comments section as a place in which more >>

Sat, Sep 17, 2016
Source: Roger Scully
It will be "impossible" for Brexit talks to result in a deal that gives Britons more rights than others outside the EU, Italian PM Matteo Renzi says. more >>
Thu, Sep 29, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
The most senior lawyer for the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales is suspended over concerns about "aspects" of his team leadership. more >>
Thu, Sep 29, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Campaigners call for reform as figures reveal taxpayers are paying more than £400,000 a year to subsidise a Saudi billionaire's farm. more >>
Thu, Sep 29, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn closes the party's annual conference in Liverpool with a call for unity and a pledge to take on the Conservatives. more >>
Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Source: BBC Politics

Labour in Wales face crisis

The post Labour pains appeared first on The Eye.

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Tue, Sep 27, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Edwin Phillips invites readers to test their knowledge with our quiz.

The post Welsh Politics Quiz appeared first on The Eye.

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Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Swansea university crisis meeting overheard

The post Nice work if you can get it appeared first on The Eye.

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Fri, Sep 23, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Growing unrest within Swansea university

The post New term, new scandal appeared first on The Eye.

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Wed, Sep 21, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates
(Pic : BBC Wales)
Yesterday, the National Assembly discussed the draft version of the BBC's new Royal Charter, which will set out operating conditions and public service remit for the broadcaster (and also has a knock-on impact on S4C). It comes amidst long-standing concerns over how the BBC portrays and serves Welsh audiences.
The draft Charter is available here (pdf). Just to point out some of the differences in domestic political coverage for those of you who are interested, BBC Wales's coverage of a story relating to themselves amounts to 200 words, mine is 1,400. I'm the more >>
Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy


Health dominated today's FMQs, with questions on plenty of other matters too. It's going to be a busy week, with more on the Diamond Review, BBC Draft charter and Bovine TB in the next few posts....but there wasn't a mention of Brexit!
This makes for a happy Owen, even if I was expecting three leaders questions on it and preparing a rant. Said rant won't be required, but it has brought out my creative side. More on that later.

FMQs, 27th September 2016

Party Leaders
Conservative leader, Andrew RT Davies AM (Con, South Wales Central) kicked things off with a more >>
Tue, Sep 27, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
Before Brexit can happen, we need to know what needs to be done beforehand.
I'm getting as fed up with the endless hot air surrounding Brexit as much as you probably are. This will be my final post on Brexit for the foreseeable future. I'm also considering ignoring any future statements/questions on this in the Senedd as nothing's actually happened yet and nobody seems to be in a rush to make anything happen either.
Credit where it's due, for the most part (with the exception of Andrew RT Davies) both sides have calmed down a bit and the debate more >>
Sat, Sep 24, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
(Pic : BBC)
There's been a lot of discussion in the UK press over the proposed expansion of grammar schools in England and Cornwall. Judging by the initial reaction the idea isn't as popular as some people might like to think it is, but it was inevitable it would be debated in the Senedd.
UKIP used their weekly debate to (without a hint of irony) promote a (UK) Conservative policy; though in fairness re-establishing grammar schools was one of the policies in their manifesto back in May, while the Welsh Conservatives oppose grammar schools. I'm not more >>
Thu, Sep 22, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy