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 […]

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 Leadership Election: if you’re serious about 21st Century Socialism, you have to back a People’s Vote

In a BBC Wales televised debate last night between the three candidates for the Welsh Labour leadership, there were sharp exchanges once again between Mark Drakeford and Vaughan Gething on the issue of a People’s Vote on the Brexit Deal.  Vaughan Gething roundly criticised Mark Drakeford’s tone – he supports the Westminster line that Labour […]

A leader who will stand up for Wales: why I’m backing Eluned Morgan for Welsh Labour leader

With ballot papers about to arrive for the Welsh Labour leadership election, it’s been a time to think about what sort of Labour Party and indeed what sort of Wales I want to see in the years ahead.  Carwyn Jones will be an enormously difficult act to follow; thankfully, in this election Welsh Labour members […]

Mark Drakeford on 21st Century Socialism: five principles and two big questions

Last night, at Cardiff University, Welsh Labour leadership candidate and current Cabinet Secretary for Finance Mark Drakeford set out his vision of twenty-first century socialism.  This was not a typical hustings speech but an intellectually-serious lecture in which he explained the guiding principles that he would follow if elected as First Minister. He began by […]

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 […]

The Brexit time bomb ticking under Wales’ public finances

Across the political spectrum, there has been much discussion about what Brexit would mean for Wales, which has been a substantial beneficiary of structural funding from the EU and whose economy – more dependent than the rest of the UK on manufacturing and agriculture – is potentially much more exposed to the effects of Brexit […]

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 […]