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Independence In Depth : Defending Wales

How could Wales defend itself as an independent nation?

Monday, 29 August 2016

The End of the Senedd?

I know many people dream of this, but it's time
to wake them up; silly season's almost over.

2016's silly season has been a classic. The period between the end of July and the start of September always brings out the creative side in politicians, their press officers and producers of yellow journalism as they try to draw attention to themselves, keeping eyes focused on pages and screens amidst other distractions.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Defending Wales X : Service & Veterans

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As I come to the end of this journey looking at Welsh defence policy, I consider issues relating to the welfare and working conditions of armed forces personnel, as well as how we should remember those who've lost their lives, or will in future lose their lives in military service.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Defending Wales IX : Recruitment & Training

(Pic : TV Tropes)

Moving into the final two parts of this look at a potential independent Welsh defence policy, it's time to address one of the more important issues – where would the troops come from?

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Defending Wales VIII : Civil Defence

(Pic : West Yorkshire Fire Service)
The next part of this series discusses an aspect of defence that was sidelined (in the UK) at the end of the Cold War but has since gained new prominence in the post 9/11 world : civil defence and emergency powers.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Defending Wales VII : National Security

(Pic : BBC Wales)
Now that the general principles of a possible independent Welsh defence policy - as well as the possible structure of a Welsh Defence Forces - have been addressed, next it's worth looking at internal security and how civil authorities can play a role in the defence of the nation, starting with intelligence/security services.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Defending Wales VI : At Sea

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The final "main" branch of a Welsh military to cover is, of course, the naval branch.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Defending Wales V : In The Air

(Pic : Royal Air Force)
In the previous part I looked at a possible make up of a Welsh army. Today I take to the skies to determine what sort of air support a Welsh Defence Forces could reasonably expect.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Defending Wales IV : On Land

(Pic : BBC Wales)

The next three posts will look in more detail at the possible structure of a Welsh Defence Forces – starting with the army.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Defending Wales III : Structure & Oversight

After giving a broad idea of what Wales' defence needs are, and what duties a Welsh military could be expected to perform, there's enough information to address the overall structure of a Welsh armed forces and Welsh defence policy.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Defending Wales II : Our Military Role

What should the military actually do?
(Pic : Telegraph)

This next part in my look at defence and independence sets out what a Welsh defence policy would mean in practical terms, giving an idea of what a Welsh military would actually be expected do.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Defending Wales I : What does Wales need defending from?

(Pic : Daily Post)

In 2012 I wrote a series of five posts on defence with regard independence, and they remained amongst my most popular.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Done up like a kipper?

He might have backed Brexit, but where will Nathan Gill Remain?
(Pic : BBC Wales)

Update 17/08/2016 : Nathan Gill has made his choice - he's keeping both jobs. Bizarrely, he's leaving the UKIP Assembly group to sit as an Independent, but will remain a UKIP member, UKIP MEP for Wales and leader of UKIP's Welsh branch. You couldn't make it up. Do-do-dodododo-do-do-do-do.

Another Update 18/08/2016 : Just when you thought the hole couldn't be dug any deeper, Channel 4 News reveal this little problem....I may have to return to that once more details come out.

It's taken them just over three months, but – as widely anticipated – the signs are that the UKIP Assembly group is beginning to dismantle itself.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Senedd Watch - July 2016

  • The First Minister believed the vote to leave the EU could lead to a federal UK, adding that he wanted to avoid Wales becoming “an annexe to England”. At an extraordinary meeting of the British-Irish Council in Cardiff on July 22nd, the First Minister said any future EU withdrawal deal should be ratified by the four UK parliaments, saying they needed to “work together to map out a successful way forward”.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Breaking Blog

I've decided to take a break from blogging, though I'll dip in and out if there are any major stories.

Senedd Watch - June 2016

  • Plaid Cymru warned Welsh produce could lose its geographically protected status if the UK voted to leave the EU. Simon Thomas AM (Plaid, Mid & West Wales) said, “These special designations mean....producers don't have to compete with cheap imitations.” Leave campaigners said the UK could “strike a new deal”.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Brexit : What could it mean for Wales?

(Pic : BBC)

After exploring the inexhaustable number of reasons why Wales might've voted to leave the EU, as well as the Welsh Government and National Assembly's response to the vote, it's worth exploring in a bit more detail what the immediate and medium-term outcomes of Brexit might mean here.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Senedd Debates Brexit

(Pic : Wales Online)

I won't be covering First Minister's Questions this week – even though the business of government and legislature goes on – instead choosing to cover the National Assembly's response to the EU referendum result.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Brexit : Why did Wales vote Leave?

(Pic : Independent)

Last Thursday's decision to leave the European Union is a 9 on the Richter scale "political earthquake" that will change the course of European history in a manner that hasn't been seen since the Second World War or the end of Communism.