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IWAJac o' the NorthRoger ScullyBBC Wales PoliticsThe EyeOggyBloggyOgwr

Theresa May's first Prime Minister's Questions showed anything but the ‘boredom' some political commentators had predicted. In a fiery exchange between the new PM and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, May pushed Corbyn on the divides within his party and when questioned on worker's rights looked directly at the opposition leader and stated:

“A boss who does not listen to his workers…Remind him of anybody?”

Also in the news is Owen Smith MP's sole challenge to Corbyn in the Labour leadership election, with Angela Eagle dropping out on Tuesday night.

To review these events Jess Blair is joined by Daran Hill from Positif, Mia more >>

Wed, Jul 20, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

Whether we voted for or against leaving the EU on 23 June, there is one fact we must all get clear in our minds – this really is happening.

Those of us who work in the private sector have spent much of the last fortnight considering what it means for our own businesses and for the economy in general. Here are a few preliminary conclusions that might be helpful to those in other businesses and those responsible for business policy in Wales.

First and foremost, denial just wastes time. Die-hard ‘Remainers' should not pin their hopes on petitions for a second referendum more >>

Wed, Jul 20, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

These are among the most extraordinary post-war political times and devolved nations like Wales are playing a full part.

Scotland voted to remain in the European Union (EU), as did Northern Ireland. The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, appears to be more comfortable with the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, than her predecessor. She tweeted a picture of the two together saying it should be an example to girls of what could be achieved.

But another referendum on independence for Scotland is a distinct possibility.

The deputy first minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, has said the issue of a united Ireland more >>

Tue, Jul 19, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

The British state has undergone profound and rapid change since the advent of devolution in 1999.

Until 2007 the transition from a unitary to a quasi-federal state seemed to be smooth. These were times of economic stability, generous public spending, and Labour control in Westminster, Edinburgh and Cardiff. The political weather was calm.

Since 2007 the UK has suffered the shock of financial upheaval, austerity politics, an SNP government in Edinburgh, and a UK government embroiled in and split by the European question.

The Scottish independence referendum was a watershed. It recognised the legality of secession (a remarkable principle, not accepted by more >>

Mon, Jul 18, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

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

THE REFERENDUM RESULT In my previous post I set out my reasons for voting to leave the European Union. I didn't think I'd be on the winning side, but there you are. On Thursday night I'd planned to watch the results programme for a bit and then head to bed around midnight. My expectations of

The post Brexit, Wexit: Things Can Only Get Better! appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Mon, Jun 27, 2016
Source: Jac o North

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

Elections in Wales is three today.

Yes, it's a full three years since this blog was launched on an unsuspecting and defenceless nation; a Wales that hitherto had managed to get by without the periodic online ramblings about its electoral processes by some obscure Cardiff University Prof. (And did you know that he isn't even from Wales originally? It's a disgrace). Since the blog was launched, Wales have risen from the 56th ranked men's football team in the world to their recent exploits. Some may doubt any direct causal link – but I think we know better.

A lot has changed since more >>

Tue, Jul 12, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

(A slightly different version of this piece appeared yesterday on the New Statesman website, The Staggers).

For this final piece on evidence about attitudes towards party leadership in our latest Welsh Political Barometer poll, I turn to Labour. We have already seen that the troubles of the party at Westminster seem to have been having a negative effect on the party's support levels – and not only for a general election but even in the devolved context as well. But what direct impact have the troubles and controversy surrounding Jeremy Corbyn's leadership had on views regarding Mr Corbyn himself?

We again asked more >>

Wed, Jul 06, 2016
Source: Roger Scully
The UK's exit from the EU will be on the agenda when Theresa May meets French President Francois Hollande later. more >>
Thu, Jul 21, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Jeremy Corbyn is to launch his campaign to stay on as Labour leader with a promise to tackle the "five ills of 21st Century Britain" - including workplace discrimination. more >>
Thu, Jul 21, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Dianne Abbott accuses Labour MPs of deliberately undermining leader Jeremy Corbyn by refusing to cheer him at Prime Minister's Questions. more >>
Thu, Jul 21, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Diane Abbott says Owen Smith's past as a "lobbyist" will put off Labour party members more >>
Thu, Jul 21, 2016
Source: BBC Politics

More problems at controversial university

The post New term at school for scandal appeared first on The Eye.

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Wed, Jul 20, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Crisis grows at beleaguered Welsh university

The post More university challenge appeared first on The Eye.

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Tue, Jul 19, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

A letter from 'bullying' Welsh Labour MP

The post Big O appeared first on The Eye.

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Mon, Jul 18, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Labour tell constituencies to suspend meetings

The post Labour pains appeared first on The Eye.

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Fri, Jul 15, 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