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Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed

And post o'er Land and Ocean without rest:

This month the Director General of the BBC appeared before the Assembly's Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee. The night before, the University of South Wales described his BBC role in terms so imperial that Milton's deity came to mind. At this conferral of an honorary doctorate on Lord Tony Hall we were reminded of the Corporation's magnitude and complexity. To be at its head must require an uncommon more >>

Mon, Nov 21, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

I'm a huge weepy snotty crier. Funerals, weddings, stray dogs, the beginning of that bloody film ‘Up', the way that Jane Hutt responded to business questions in the last Assembly term and so much more can reduce me to tears. I mention crying because it takes me back to my first ever meeting with a volunteer branch when I started working for the National Autistic Society Cymru. I only went to get a feeling for what was going on but it was bloody awful. Once I left the meeting, I held it together until the car and then I cried more >>

Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

The National Assembly for Wales committee established to scrutinise the First Minister will meet formally for the first time in the 5th Assembly on Friday 18 November.

We will question the First Minister on the Welsh Government's programme for government, Taking Wales Forward 2016-2021, which was published in September.

In it the Welsh Government says:

‘Wales in the 21st century is diverse and complex and our programmes need to reflect that. We need to support people when they need it most, and equip services to respond to challenges, such as an ageing population, a changing climate, new technologies and globalisation.'

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Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

As Donald Trump watched the crucial Florida votes roll in, the rest of the world sat soaked in smug regard. The ‘Orange Hitler' was way behind. “It's not done yet,” said The Donald, as aides around him began to fluster. What came next was a intestine-chewing surprise to anyone who hasn't spent many an hour in a pub where work boots and loose tongues are dress code. The entitlement, the sense of destiny, the prognostications of certain victory ground to sand as the Trump juggernaut blasted through all political convention. Florida. Ohio. Iowa. Trump. Even then, the much-fabled Democratic ‘blue more >>

Thu, Nov 17, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

SWANSEA Persecution Where better to start than the old home town. (Which still ‘looks the same as I step down from the train, and there to greet me' – is a welcoming committee from the local Labour Party. ‘Good old Jac', they cry. Well, laff!) As you may recall, I wrote a while back about the case

The post Updates & Tit-bits, November 21, 2016 appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Sun, Nov 20, 2016
Source: Jac o North

When I first heard of the Circuit of Wales project back in the early part of 2013 I was somewhat cynical of its chances of success, and the reasons for my cynicism were set out in Vroom, Vroom – The Next Gravy Train? Despite being doubtful that the project would ever materialise I was (in

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Mon, Nov 14, 2016
Source: Jac o North

IN THE BEGINNING . . . Once upon a time there was an obscure little charity in Barry called the John Rowley Trust, formed in 1986, which ran a hostel for homeless young people. But then, in May 1999, came the first elections to the National Assembly for Wales. Someone said, ‘Ah, a new source

The post Llamau, Yet More Devocolonialism appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Sat, Nov 05, 2016
Source: Jac o North

INTRODUCTION In addition to the previous post on tourism I also put out a message on Twitter and Facebook last week reminding people that Gwynedd Council was consulting over whether, or by how much, to raise council tax on holiday homes. The ability to raise council tax on second homes and empty homes being just

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Tue, Nov 01, 2016
Source: Jac o North

Well, my last blog post was popular, wasn't it? Presentation of some 2016 Welsh Election Study (WES) findings on levels of name recognition for our different elected politicians attracted lots of attention. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, particular notice was paid to the dismal results for Wales' MEPs; when survey respondents were presented with a list, which included both actual MEPs and several plausible but false names, the second most commonly-selected one was the fictitious politician ‘Elwyn Davies'.

Inevitably, many people have seen an amusing side to these findings. That has been reflected in the media coverage of the results; politicians also more >>

Mon, Nov 21, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

In my previous blog post I outlined some of the questions that we asked in this year's pre-election wave of the 2016 Welsh Election Study (WES) about voter recognition of their elected representatives. As I explained, we asked our survey respondents about all four types of elected politician we have in Wales above the level of councillor – MPs, constituency AMs, regional AMs and MEPs. I will now present some of the main results that these questions produced.

First MPs. To remind you, the question asked was “Which of the following people is the MP in your UK parliamentary constituency?” more >>

Thu, Nov 17, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

One of the things we wanted to do in the voter study element of this year's Welsh Election Study was to probe the political knowledge levels of voters (and, indeed, non-voters). Political knowledge levels are interesting in and of themselves – it's important that we have some idea how much people know about the way in which they are governed etc. But knowledge levels can also be interesting to examine in terms of their relationship with other factors – such as vote choice, or attitudes to devolution.

So, we put quite a lot of time and effort into thinking about questions more >>

Mon, Nov 14, 2016
Source: Roger Scully

This post follows up last week's one on attitudes to minority groups. As I discussed there, one thing we found in this year's Welsh Election Study was evidence of significant negative sentiment in Wales to some minority groups, in particular refugees and migrants from eastern Europe.

When planning the content of the 2016 Welsh Election Study surveys, we couldn't then know what our questions about attitudes to minority groups would find. We did, though, already know from lots of other evidence that there was considerable public concern in Wales about immigration, and that it was likely to be a more >>

Mon, Nov 07, 2016
Source: Roger Scully
Theresa May tries to reassure businesses fearing a sudden "cliff edge" change in rules once the UK leaves the EU. more >>
Mon, Nov 21, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Nazi-related material was found at the home of the man accused of killing MP Jo Cox, a court hears. more >>
Mon, Nov 21, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
The CBI director general Carolyn Fairbarn on speeches by Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. more >>
Mon, Nov 21, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
The UK government is considering inviting Donald Trump for a state visit, Downing Street says. more >>
Mon, Nov 21, 2016
Source: BBC Politics

An angry phone call about Brexit

The post Heading for the Brexit appeared first on The Eye.

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Mon, Nov 21, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

The success of senior Welsh university official

The post A word to the WISE part one appeared first on The Eye.

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Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Regulating housing in Wales accused of being like Big Brother

The post Rent Stupid Wales appeared first on The Eye.

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Wed, Nov 16, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates

Is seeing exam questions allowed?

The post A testing time appeared first on The Eye.

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Tue, Nov 15, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates
(Pic : via Google Earth)
Here's another round up of some of the stories in Bridgend recently.
Former McDonald's to be redeveloped?

Having stood vacant for around a decade, one of the worst eyesores in Bridgend town centre - the former McDonald's/Burger Master on Nolton Street (pictured above) – could be in line for redevelopment.

Coastal Housing – who are also behind the flats at the newly-opened Rhiw Car Park - have submitted an application to demolish the building and conduct a ground survey with a view to a future mixed-use retail and residential development.

If councillors give the go-ahead, the more >>
Sat, Nov 19, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
(Pic : Visit London)There were red faces all around when it was revealed a 90-year-old woman was sent a £369million home improvement grant by accident. The grant - issued on behalf of the UK Treasury - was still awaiting approval, but the letter-of-intent was delivered to the wrong address.

Elizabeth Buckingham, of Windsor Road in Griffithstown, Pontypool, couldn't believe her eyes. "I've been waiting five years for someone from social services to put in a stair lift and properly insulate our leaky roof," she said. "We could finally leave something for the grand kids too."

Her husband Philip more >>
Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy

Is the idea of a single monolithic Establishment a myth?
(Pic : The Spectator)
2016 will be marked by a revolt against the status quo in liberal democracies. In Wales we've seen the election of UKIP AMs for the first time, followed by Brexit. Earlier this year there was an inconclusive Irish general election. There's also the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn in the face of opposition from Labour's aristocracy and finally Donald Trump's victory last week.
It's not just contained to the Anglosphere either.

The Filipino president, Rodrigo Duterte, makes Trump look like the next Jimmy Carter. Although the Icelandic more >>
Thu, Nov 17, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy


There were a number of exchanges relating to the new President-Elect of the US this afternoon ( as you might expect) but the staple topic of health dominated discussion overall.
FMQs, 15th November 2016

Party Leaders

Plaid Cymru leader, Leanne Wood AM (Plaid, Rhondda) asked a number of questions on disabled rights and access to services. Did the First Minister agree that cuts to disability benefits and disability assessments have gone too far? How the assessments are carried out is a major root cause of hardship; did he agree that GPs should carry them out instead? Leanne also raised the more >>
Tue, Nov 15, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
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