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 […]

The Welsh Labour leadership hustings: clear choices for Labour members

Last night saw the first in a series of hustings debates between the three candidates for the Welsh Labour leadership – Mark Drakeford, Vaughan Gething and Eluned Morgan.  Held in Cardiff, it was a well-attended, passionate, constructive debate that showed that there are clear choices in front of Welsh Labour members when the ballot papers […]

In search of clear red water: thoughts on Welsh Labour’s leadership election

The months of phoney war are now over, and the nominations have closed for Welsh Labour’s leadership election.  Three candidates have been nominated: Mark Drakeford, the current Finance Secretary; Vaughan Gething, the current Health Secretary; and Eluned Morgan, Minister for lifelong learning and the Welsh language. It’s an election that comes at a turbulent time […]

Labour leadership: why standing up for Wales means repudiating Corbyn

Yesterday, Westminster Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came to Wales to address a meeting in Tredegar commemorating the 70th anniversary of the NHS.  He also addressed a meeting in Barry, and later issued the following tweet: There are, of course, two problems with this.  First, the Tories don’t run the NHS in Wales.  It’s run by […]

Time for Plaid Cymru to come off the fence

With elections to the Welsh Assembly no more than three months away, the rhetorical war is hotting up.  According to yesterday’s Western Mail, the Conservatives are now demanding that Plaid Cymru come off the fence about how they would vote in a new Assembly, in which – potentially – they could hold the balance of […]

The choices before the Labour Party

Countless gallons of cyber-ink have been spilled over Labour’s unexpectedly disastrous performance in the 2015 General Election.  A leadership campaign is now under way – one that so far has produced, in my view, little that is positive.  Among much muttering about Blairism, aspiration and were we too left-wing, there is little suggestion that we […]