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Saturday, 3 December 2016
By OwenSaturday, December 03, 2016Arts, DCMS, EUCOM, Independence, Independence Minutiae, Ireland, Leisure, Miscellaneous, Services, Society, UK LawView Comments
If you've ever borrowed books from a public library, you've taken advantage of this little known scheme. It's also one of the plethora of policy areas that are non-devolved and unlikely to be the responsibility of Wales unless we choose independence one day.
Friday, 2 December 2016
By OwenFriday, December 02, 2016Assembly, Commission, Constitution, Gorwel, Powers, UK Parliament, UniversitiesView Comments
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There's been a fair bit of discussion for several years on how many Assembly Members we need. The general consensus within the "Bay Bubble" is that 60 AMs is too few to meet the growing demands of the legislature – which will have tax-varying powers from 2018 and, at some indeterminate post-Brexit point in the future, some of the responsibilities of the EU.
Thursday, 1 December 2016
By OwenThursday, December 01, 2016Bills, Business, Crime, Local Gov, NatR, NRW, Tax, Waste, Welsh Law, WGFinLG, WRAView Comments
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Earlier this week, Finance & Local Government Secretary, Mark Drakeford (Lab, Cardiff West), introduced the second Bill to establishes a new Welsh tax. It followed hot on the heels from the law to replace stamp duty – which was introduced in September.
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
the UK High Court ruled the UK Parliament must vote to trigger
Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to start the Brexit process, and the
powers are not held under royal prerogative by the Prime Minister.
The UK Government appealed to the Supreme Court.
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
By OwenTuesday, November 29, 2016Brexit, Conservatives, CounGen, FirstMin, FMQs, Hospitals, Housing, Labour, Medicine, Nursing, Plaid, Rail, Roads, S4C, SPEVE, SupCo, UKIP, WGEcon, WGHealthView Comments
Sometimes AMs discuss stuff that only matters to themselves or those who lobby them. Sometimes they concentrate on things that have more topical relevance – as they did today.
Saturday, 26 November 2016
By OwenSaturday, November 26, 2016BCBC, Bridgend, BridgT, Civil Defence, Labour, Leisure, MaesT, NRW, Planning, Rail, Roads, WasteView Comments
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Bridgend Council's (BCBC) Cabinet meet next week to discuss a new round of reports, including a significant move towards opening Bridgend town centre to traffic, flood management, praise for libraries and proposals for a "Bin Police" to enforce the two black bag limit from next April. There's also a separate update on Brackla station.
Thursday, 24 November 2016
By OwenThursday, November 24, 2016Chile, Conservatives, Farming, IMD, Internet, Labour, Netherlands, NZ, Plaid, Science, UN, Universities, WGEnvView Comments
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
By OwenTuesday, November 22, 2016Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Conservatives, Energy, Flintshire, FMQs, Internet, Labour, Medicine, Metro, NPT, Plaid, Roads, SArabia, SteelSOS, UKIP, WGEcon, WrexhamView Comments
The big story this afternoon is the emergence of a potential "cash for access" scandal. I stress "potential".
Saturday, 19 November 2016
By OwenSaturday, November 19, 2016BCBC, Bridgend, BridgT, Courts, Crime, Fire, Garw, Independents, Labour, MaesT, NRW, Planning, Sarn, TCCsView Comments
Friday, 18 November 2016
By OwenFriday, November 18, 2016Conservatives, Crown, Elderly, Energy, England, HMT, Housing, Republicanism, Satire, Torfaen, UK Parliament, WelfareView Comments
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There were red faces all around when it was revealed a 90-year-old woman was sent a £369million home improvement grant by accident. The grant - issued on behalf of the UK Treasury - was still awaiting approval, but the letter-of-intent was delivered to the wrong address.
Thursday, 17 November 2016
By OwenThursday, November 17, 2016Brexit, Business, EmpSk, EU, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Industry, Pirate, Poverty, Racism, SNP, UK Press, UKIP, USA, WIssView Comments
|Is the idea of a single monolithic Establishment a myth?|
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2016 will be marked by a revolt against the status quo in liberal democracies. In Wales we've seen the election of UKIP AMs for the first time, followed by Brexit. Earlier this year there was an inconclusive Irish general election. There's also the re-election of Jeremy Corbyn in the face of opposition from Labour's aristocracy and finally Donald Trump's victory last week.
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
By OwenTuesday, November 15, 2016Caerphilly, Conservatives, Disability, Drugs, FirstMin, FMQs, Labour, Plaid, PrimaryC, Torfaen, Trade, UKIP, USA, WIssView Comments
There were a number of exchanges relating to the new President-Elect of the US this afternoon ( as you might expect) but the staple topic of health dominated discussion overall.
Saturday, 12 November 2016
By OwenSaturday, November 12, 2016Assembly, Blogosphere, Cabinet, Carmarthenshire, Courts, Independents, Labour, Pembrokeshire, Plaid, Regs, WAO, WWSCView Comments
This weekend, people will gather near monuments which, in some cases, will list the names of those who willingly and unwillingly sacrificed their lives in conflict.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
By OwenThursday, November 10, 2016Anglesey, Cardiff, Ceredigion, Climate, Conserv, Conservatives, Farming, IMD, Labour, NRW, Plaid, Science, Sea, Third Sector, UKIP, Waste, Welsh Law, WGEnvView Comments
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Wednesday, 9 November 2016
By OwenWednesday, November 09, 2016Arts, Assembly, Bills, Crime, Disability, Drugs, Elderly, Labour, Local Gov, PrimaryC, PUBH, Retail, Welsh Law, WGHealth, YPeopView Comments
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
By OwenTuesday, November 08, 2016Brexit, Business, Climate, Conservatives, CounGen, Courts, FirstMin, FMQs, Football, Heritage, Independents, Labour, MHealth, Military, MoD, Plaid, PM, Tax, USA, WGComView Comments
It's a long one this week as I've decided to tack on the Assembly's response to the Article 50 judgement. There's also a sense of deja vu from recent FMQs as you'll probably see for yourselves.
Saturday, 5 November 2016
By OwenSaturday, November 05, 2016Arts, Business, China, Crime, Fire, Football, Independence, Leisure, Local Gov, Netherlands, Powers, PUBH, Regs, Society, UK Law, VNatView Comments
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It was only fit to pick today to address another issue regarding public policy and independence – pyrotechnics.
Thursday, 3 November 2016
By OwenThursday, November 03, 2016Caerphilly, Cardiff, Conservatives, Election 2016, Labour, Lib Dems, Newport, Plaid, RCT, Satire, UniversitiesView Comments