It’s our money: HS2, the Barnett formula, and the threat to Welsh democracy

Yesterday’s announcement from Whitehall that HS2 would proceed – at an estimated cost now of £100bn, a figure that seems likely to rise substantially – has opened a wide fault-line about the future of Wales and Welsh devolution. As Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards argues persuasively in a piece in Nation Cymru, the issues for […]

Early days of a better nation: why progressive politics and Welsh independence are now inseparably linked.

Among the twenty-four inscriptions that line the walls of the Scottish Parliament, one – attributed to Alasdair Gray but, as he freely admitted, borrowed from the Canadian poet Dennis Lee, seems hugely apposite to the position of we in Wales who still have faith in progressive politics: “Work as if you live in the early […]

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 […]

Clear Red Water? How Labour’s UK leadership humiliated Welsh Labour – and Wales

During the Welsh Labour leadership election last year, the victorious candidate, Mark Drakeford – an early supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and with a campaign largely organised by the Corbynist Welsh Labour Grassroots, which styles itself as the voice of Momentum in Wales – argued that Labour in Wales needed to support and trust Jeremy Corbyn. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Welsh Labour Grassroots and antisemitism: time for Mark Drakeford to act?

In the wake of the suspension of Chris Williamson MP from the Labour Party, following comments he made that the Labour Party had been too ready to respond to accusations of antisemitism, Welsh Labour Grassroots (WLG) – the self-styled home of Momentum in Wales – has issued a statement condemning Williamson’s suspension. It describes the […]

Brexit and antisemitism, coercive control and gaslighting: why I have left Labour

After a long period of agonising, I resigned from the Labour Party earlier this week; in the end, I decided that while I remain a believer in the party’s democratic socialist values, events have got to the point where staying and arguing for change makes one complicit – especially in the party’s appalling institutional antisemitism […]

The mood of Wales on Brexit has changed fundamentally. Welsh Labour needs a leader who reflects that.

A piece in today’s Western Mail by Martin Shipton – the doyen of Welsh political journalists – indicates how polls show that there has been a fundmental change in the Welsh electorate’s mood on Brexit.  In summary, the latest work by Yougov, using a technique known as MRP which has proved to be much more […]