A question of balance: on what basis was last night’s Question Time audience selected?

Last night, the BBC’s Question Time was broadcast from Cardiff. Events leading up to the programme – as well as the programme itself – give rise to further questions about audience selection; an issue that has given rise to considerable concern over a long period. Inevitably, Brexit and the prorogation of Parliament were issues on […]

Why Welsh Labour’s commitment to Remain is meaningless

After yesterday’s controversial – and disputed – Labour Conference vote not to back remaining in the EU, numerous figures from Welsh Labour, including its leader Mark Drakeford, reminded us that Welsh Labour and the Government it forms are committed to campaigning to remain in the EU However, there are a number of reasons why that […]

Liberal Democrats and Article 50: a revealing window on the state of British democracy

The Liberal Democrats’ conference decision to campaign for the revocation of the UK’s notification under Article 50 of its intention to leave the EU has caused something of a storm. Obviously there is a debate to be had among Remainers as to what is the best strategy to achieve that goal, but this goes much […]

Labour’s expulsion of Alastair Campbell: the politicising of party discipline

Following his admission on the BBC’s European Election results coverage on Sunday night that he had voted Liberal Democrat, Alastair Campbell – leading remain campaigner and Tony Blair’s Director of Communications in Government – has been expelled, summarily, from the Labour Party. His offence was allegedly that he breached Labour Party rules forbidding support for […]

European Elections: With 48 hours to go, Welsh Labour Grassroots slams Welsh Labour candidates

Only 48 hours before polling day in the European Elections, Welsh Labour Grassroots – the self-styled “home of Momentum” in Wales – has published an extraordinary attack on Labour’s slate of candidates in Wales. WLG’s newsletter – circulated yesterday (21 May) over the signature of the WLG Secretariat, which includes Labour NEC member Darren Williams […]

For as long as Labour talks the language of delivering Brexit, a Labour vote in the European Elections is a vote for Farage

The apparent rise of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party has caused a fair degree of panic among the mainstream political parties, and nowhere more so in the Labour Party. If the polls are to be believed – and in an age of fluid politics that’s a bigger “if” than it may have been in the past, […]

Mapping out the European Elections in Wales – and how remainers could make a difference

A public briefing by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre this morning set out some of the issues around the forthcoming European Elections in Wales. With a little more than two weeks to go until polling day, it emphasised the uncertainties around this election that most people expected would not happen in the UK, but also […]