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In the late 1960s the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food was trying to solve a mystery: cattle testing and movement controls had successfully reduced cattle TB levels to a fraction of one percent, and led to the disease being eradicated from most of the UK; yet these controls seemed to be having no impact on disease levels in parts of the South West of England, where incidences were at least five times higher than the national rate.

Confirmation of what many had suspected came in 1971, when a dead badger was found to be severely infected with TB. The area more >>

Sat, Feb 11, 2017
Source: Clickonwales

If it feels like a long time ago, that's because it is. Twenty years ago today, 10 February 1997, we launched the Yes for Wales campaign in Cardiff City Hall.

Some felt it was a risk launching before the General Election. The Wales Labour Party, as it was called then, wasn't overly happy with our choice of timing. The other pro-devolution parties, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats, were understandably twitchy about Labour's specific proposals. The long-standing Parliament for Wales Campaign, which had carried the banner for devolution from the late eighties onwards, was a little sniffy about our emergence, more >>

Fri, Feb 10, 2017
Source: Clickonwales

There have been longstanding calls from political parties in the assembly – apart from UKIP – for an increase from the current number of 60 members to deal with the assembly's workload, particularly as new powers over taxation and other issues are devolved with the passing of the Wales Act.

Recent reports have suggested an additional twenty or more AMs to cope with new responsibilities. Added to this the assembly commission – which runs the institution and is made up of AMs from all assembly parties – has already backed the case for more members. There is though, already, more >>

Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Source: Clickonwales

When you work with offenders, I believe the most powerful way to engage and motivate is to talk about family. That is not to say that family interventions work is easy, or that it represents a magic bullet for rehabilitation. But having worked intensively on establishing Invisible Walls Wales (IWW) at HMP & YOI Parc, Bridgend, the very tangible results of the project speak for themselves.

IWW arose out of an inspection report ten years ago that identified a lack of input with children and families at the privately-run prison, the largest in Wales (and second largest in the UK). It more >>

Wed, Feb 08, 2017
Source: Clickonwales
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Just to reiterate what Big Gee said in a comment, my computer is shot, so until I get a new one and transfer everything, I will not be able to post anything new. So please be patient, and those of you who thought I'd given up the ghost – hard luck! For I shall soon

The post Problems! appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Mon, Feb 06, 2017
Source: Jac o North

THE DRUGS RACKET Once upon a time, in a city far, far away, a clergyman came up with the idea of a charity to help those addicted to drugs. This charity has – like so many others! – recently moved to Wales, it now gets lots and lots of funding, and is quickly taking over

The post Miscellany 30.01.2017 appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Source: Jac o North

If you read this blog regularly you'll know about the takeover of Cantref, a housing association based in Newcastle Emlyn, by Wales and West Housing of Cardiff, a company with strong links to the Labour Party. For those catching up, I advise starting with the post Cantref: ‘Welsh' Labour Takeover Challenged? To give some chronological marker,

The post Wales and West, Labour's In-House Housing Association appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Mon, Jan 23, 2017
Source: Jac o North

INTRODUCTION Regular readers will know that one of the ‘staples' of this blog is the wasting of public funding by Third Sector organisations. Exposing this waste is not something I really enjoy but it's so prevalent in Wales – and has become worse with devolution – that it just cannot be ignored. In a very

The post Third Sector Woes appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017
Source: Jac o North
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The last day of January saw the Welsh Government publish a White Paper on Reforming Local Government: Resilient and Renewed. Introduced by Mark Drakeford, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government, the White Paper covered a wide range of ground, including regional partnerships between councils and the possibility of voluntary mergers between local authorities. But it also had an electoral dimension. Section 7 of the white paper covers ‘Elections and Voting'. The paper was written in the expectation, now realised, that the Wales Bill would become the Wales Act, and transfer powers over local elections in Wales to the more >>

Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Source: Roger Scully

The major electoral event scheduled for 2017 in Wales is the local elections. On 4th May, all of Wales' twenty-two local authorities are up for full re-election. Most of these last had elections in 2012; because of some ‘local difficulties', the election in Ynys Môn was suspended until 2013. But proposals made before the 2016 Assembly election for the re-structuring of the local government map in Wales, it is the same authorities that will be elected once again this year.

In 2012 (except for viewers in Ynys Môn) the elections were a considerable triumph for the Labour party, following on from more >>

Mon, Feb 06, 2017
Source: Roger Scully

One final note on this. As I said two posts ago, our Barometer poll asked the following question: “Now that Britain has voted to leave it will need to negotiate the future relationship it has with the European Union. With this in mind, which of the following comes closest to your view?” getting the following pattern of results:

Remain Leave Overall The priority should be for Britain to have full control of their borders even if it means it is no longer able to trade freely with the EU 17% 77% 47% The priority should be for Britain to trade freely with the EU even if that more >>
Mon, Jan 30, 2017
Source: Roger Scully

For this second part of my discussion of the findings of our latest Barometer poll about Brexit, I turn to our remaining questions. These asked about the consequences of Brexit, both personal and for Wales, and trust in the UK and Welsh Governments to handle the issue.

First of all, the consequences of Brexit. We repeated a question asked in September about how Wales would fare relative to the rest of the UK. These were the pattern of responses:

Remain Leave Overall Wales will benefit more (or suffer less) than the rest of the UK when Britain leaves the EU 3% 10% 6% Wales will benefit less more >>
Mon, Jan 23, 2017
Source: Roger Scully
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A committee of MPs say there is no evidence that grammars will help social mobility. more >>
Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Source: BBC Politics
Tory MP James Duddridge says the Speaker has used his job to "pontificate" on international issues. more >>
Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Source: BBC Politics
Panorama footage in one of Britain's biggest jails exposes widespread drug use and a lack of control. more >>
Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Source: BBC Politics
Pensioner households are £20 a week better off on average than those of working age, a report says. more >>
Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Source: BBC Politics
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Yet another make over for Labour

The post Shuffling the pack again appeared first on The Eye.

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Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Source: The Eye Investigates

Look at how women are portrayed by Media Wales!

The post Names make news appeared first on The Eye.

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Fri, Feb 10, 2017
Source: The Eye Investigates

The associate of a crooked property 'expert'

The post Partners in crime appeared first on The Eye.

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Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Source: The Eye Investigates

Welsh Government broke law over keeping information secret

The post Broadbanned not spot appeared first on The Eye.

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Wed, Jan 04, 2017
Source: The Eye Investigates
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It'll be hard to find anyone who doesn't think it's disgusting, and it's about time something was done about it.
I'm not going to use euphemisms like "dog fouling" and "dog mess". I'm going to call it exactly what it is – dog shit. It's the most appropriate description for what irresponsible dog owners living amongst us let their pets do to our streets and playing fields year after year – and they keep getting away with it.

I've decided to write something following a particularly disgusting example from Denbighshire at the end of November last year, more >>
Sat, Feb 11, 2017
Source: OggyBloggy


This is the story of the collapse of three of Wales' leading Third Sector organisations.
In the autumn of 2015, Smiling Starfish, Safer Exits and Pink Elephants (formerly the Foundation for Romanticist Pseudo-science) merged under the umbrella organisation The Umbrella Organisation.

The new super-charity decamped from a dilapidated former community centre in the village of Pen Ôl, Cwm Gwyntog to a dilapidated former community centre in Port Talbot - thanks to a generous National Lottery grant.

The Umbrella Organisation expanded quickly thanks to EU and Welsh Government funding earmarked towards meeting key policy objectives. These objectives included redirecting more >>
Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Source: OggyBloggy

Here's my second summarised round-up of some of the Assembly's committee inquiries over the last few months, including: domestic violence, the National Infrastructure Committee, the state of broadcasting, statutory advocacy services for vulnerable children and implementation of the new National Curriculum.
Communities: Scrutiny of the Domestic Violence Act 2015
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Published on December 12th 2016 (pdf)See also: Domestic Violence Bill Introduced
Key Recommendations:

The Welsh Government should set delivery dates for specific measures included in the Act, and addresses all forms of abuse included in the Act – not just domestic violence.The Welsh Government should hold discussions more >>
Wed, Feb 08, 2017
Source: OggyBloggy


A refreshingly Brexit-light edition of First Minister's Questions this afternoon.
The choice of musical accompaniment is nothing more than a tribute to the semi-retired Black Sabbath and is in absolutely no way a reference to Michelle Brown AM (UKIP, North Wales).

FMQs, 7thFebruary 2017



Party Leaders

Conservative leader, Andrew Davies AM (Con, South Wales Central) called back to Education Committee evidence that the number of teachers in Wales fell by 1,000 since 2010. Also, the funding gap between England and Wales widened to £607 in 2015 – so we have fewer teachers with less money. PISA results show things more >>
Tue, Feb 07, 2017
Source: OggyBloggy
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