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IWAJac o' the NorthRoger ScullyBBC Wales PoliticsThe EyeOggyBloggyOgwr

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

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: Clickonwales

Those of us working in policy and public affairs in the Bay bubble can be a strange bunch, and we tend to get very excited about budget announcements, new legislation and the publication of a Programme for Government. It's not quite unwrapping your presents on Christmas Day, but after weeks and months spent making your list (of policy asks), and writing a nice letters to the people who can deliver them, the sense of anticipation can come close to a visit from St. Nick, and this Tuesday was no different.

I spent most of my time in the build up to more >>

Fri, Sep 23, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

“Our future prosperity and stability depends on the skills and values of the people of Wales. Education has a fundamental role to play in personal fulfilment, community development and wealth creation.”

The opening to the education section of the Welsh Government's ‘Taking Wales Forward' document makes a pretty important point. Often, especially when commentators speak about education in relation to PISA, it can be all too easy to see our school system as nothing more than a factory for tomorrow's workforce. For today's teaching workforce, who deal with pupils day in day out in classrooms across the country, more >>

Thu, Sep 22, 2016
Source: Clickonwales

♦ ‘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

AND THIS LITTLE PIGGY CAME TO WALES To properly understand this article it's best to know a little of the legislative and other background, and when we put it all together it should warn us that what we see at Red Pig Farm (yes, honestly, Red Pig Farm) is one element of the dystopian future

The post The Green Smokescreen appeared first on Jac o' the North.

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Mon, Sep 05, 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
A future Labour government would ban fracking and "back the clean technologies of the future", shadow energy secretary Barry Gardiner is to say. more >>
Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
John McDonnell says Labour would work with firms like Uber on workers' rights more >>
Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Is the web ruining the art of the political interview and how are broadcasters responding? more >>
Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: BBC Politics
Labour's Emily Thornberry promises her party will replace any regional funding shortfalls in the UK caused by Britain's departure from the European Union. more >>
Mon, Sep 26, 2016
Source: BBC Politics

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

UKIP's image to voters

The post Take that appeared first on The Eye.

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Mon, Sep 19, 2016
Source: The Eye Investigates
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


The weekly theatre of Carwyn Jones' questioning by AMs rolls into town yet again.
Brexit still dominates – I'll have more to say on that at the end of the week (not that it can be avoided) - but there was another big story today with FMQs happening the same day the First Minister outlined Labour's programme of government for the next five years.

FMQs, 20th September 2016

Party Leaders

Leader of the Opposition, Leanne Wood (Plaid, Rhondda), highlighted that Scotland's Brexit minister held discussions with UK counterparts last week, while in Chicago the First Minister said Wales couldn't be more >>
Tue, Sep 20, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy
Would you like a slice of De Clwyd a Gogledd Sir Faldwyn?
(Pic : iceandtime.net)
Earlier this week, the Boundary Commission for Wales unveiled their draft proposals for a reorganisation of the 40 Westminister constituencies in Wales.
There's more reaction and discussion from Ifan Morgan Jones, Blog Menai, National Left, ap Cunedda and Miserable Old Fart.

This is part of a boundary review across the UK which is seeking to reduce the size of the UK House of Commons to 600 MPs, and equalise the size of constituencies by ensuring each constituency has the same number more >>
Sat, Sep 17, 2016
Source: OggyBloggy