Monday, 20 April 2015
By Owen17:46Barnett, Crime, Drugs, Elderly, Election 2015, Energy, EU, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Industrial Relations, Lib Dems, MANF2015, Military, Plaid Cymru, Powers, Tax, UKIP, Waste, WelfareView Comments
Following yesterday's look at the party manifestos (linked above), today it's the turn of the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and UKIP.
Sunday, 19 April 2015
By Owen09:24Conserv, Conservatives, Crime, Elderly, Election 2015, Energy, EU, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Affairs, Greens, Immigration, Industrial Relations, InOutRef, Labour, MANF2015, Military, Powers, Tax, Waste, WelfareView Comments
Friday, 17 April 2015
By Owen09:17Barnett, BBC, Budgets, Conservatives, Election 2015, Foreign Affairs, Greens, Housing, Immigration, Industrial Relations, Labour, Lib Dems, Military, Plaid Cymru, Poverty, Scotland, SNP, Tax, UKIPView Comments
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The second of the main TV debates of Election 2015 was held last night, this time consisting of the opposition party leaders – so no David Cameron bwark-bwark-bwark-bwaaaark or Nick Clegg, which damaged the legitimacy a little bit.
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
By Owen17:55BBC, Conservatives, Constitution, Election 2015, Internet, Labour, Lib Dems, Nationalism, Plaid Cymru, Racism, Satire, Scotland, SNP, UK Press, UKIP, Unionism, War, Welsh PressView Comments
Up and down the country, activists are joining up to fight for the future – "I'm doing my part!" Are you? Join up and save Wales from a whole host of threats splashed over the front page of the local rag. Serving The Party guarantees suzerainship!
Saturday, 11 April 2015
By Owen10:10Arts, BCBC, Bridgend, Budgets, Disability, Industrial Relations, Labour, Local Government, MaesT, PorthC, TourismView Comments
|Further details are set to be provided to Bridgend councillors regarding proposals for a charitable |
not-for-profit trust to run cultural services - like Bryngarw House (above) - in Bridgend county.
(Pic : onehistoricgarden.co.uk)
As you can probably tell, the election's the only game in town at the moment. I'm sure many of you are as bored with that as I am but it means it'll probably be quiet on here for a few weeks.
Thursday, 9 April 2015
By Owen17:46Ambulance, Assembly, Care, Elderly, HEASOC, Hospitals, Industrial Relations, INQ, Labour, Medicine, Welsh GovernmentView Comments
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Tuesday, 7 April 2015
By Owen18:00Barnett, Disability, Election 2015, EmpSk, Energy, EU, Fiscal Policy, Hospitals, Housing, Immigration, Merthyr Tydfil, Policing, Powers, Powys, Scotland, Silk, Vale of Glamorgan, Waste, Welfare, YPeopView Comments
|What are likely to be the main issues for Welsh voters?|
(Pic : Click on Wales)
The first debate's out of the way, I've given my verdict on the Coalition and the manifestos are going to be released over the next few weeks (I'll look at them in more detail once their all out, though UKIP are dragging their heels by the looks of it) - which means it's time to focus on some of the issues that might be fought over in Wales.
Friday, 3 April 2015
By Owen10:20Conservatives, Election 2015, EmpSk, England, EU, Fiscal Policy, Greens, Housing, Immigration, InOutRef, ITV, Labour, Lib Dems, Medicine, MHealth, Plaid Cymru, Scotland, SNP, UKIP, UniversitiesView Comments
|The big debate has been held, and here's a run down of how the leaders did.|
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I'll only count this and the BBC opposition debate on on 16th April as "debates" because they're....actual debates. I'm not going to count the Question Time and Daily Politics specials or the interviews. I don't know if there are Wales-only debates planned over the next few weeks (as 2010), but if there are I'll cover them too.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015
By Owen09:11Assembly, Crime, Election 2015, EU, India, Leisure, MHealth, Miscellaneous, Religion, Science, Society, UK Parliament, USAView Comments
|They promised us "bubbling bliss", so where are our yogic flying heroes today?|
When I were t'lad, whenever party political/election broadcast season came around, there was one I would always look forward to.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015
- Welsh Secretary, Stephen Crabb, described the Welsh Government's rejection of a referendum on income tax powers as “bizarre”, saying he “moved mountains” to secure the St David's Day agreement on extra powers for Wales.
- The First Minister told the National Assembly the deal was “rushed, incoherent and unsatisfactory” and was “no more than a staging post” to a better devolution settlement. Labour also denied that Shadow Welsh Secretary, Owen Smith, was blocking further devolution.
- A new GP contract was agreed between the Welsh Government and General Medical Council, meaning more repeat prescriptions and appointments could be offered online, while GPs will be given more treatment time with vulnerable patients. Health Minister, Mark Drakeford (Lab, Cardiff West), said the new contract, “places more trust and reliance on the professionalism of GPs”.
Monday, 30 March 2015
By Owen17:58BCBC, Bridgend, BridgT, Budgets, Buses, Colleges, Disability, Elderly, Labour, Local Government, PorthC, Roads, Schools, Swansea, Welfare, Welsh GovernmentView Comments
|Bridgend Council's Children's Committee have raised concerns|
about the latest proposals for changes to home-school/college transport.
(Pic : Wales Online)
Once again, it's time to look at some of the key items on the agenda of Bridgend Council's (BCBC) latest cabinet meeting, which is due to be held tomorrow. They all have a "wheel" theme.
Saturday, 28 March 2015
By Owen11:01Conservatives, Disability, Election 2015, EmpSk, Energy, Immigration, LGBT, Lib Dems, Military, Policing, Prisons, Rail, S4C, Silk, SPEVE, Tax, UK Government, Universities, Welfare, WMSView Comments
|As of Monday, every MP will be unemployed and scrounging for votes. So it's fitting |
to kick them when they're down, as the Cameron administration know all about that.
(Pic : millenniumhotels.co.uk)
With the formal dissolution of the UK parliament coming on Monday, the time's come to kick-start my coverage of the 2015 House of Commons election.
Friday, 27 March 2015
By Owen08:14Assembly, Conservatives, Election 2015, Foreign Affairs, France, Labour, Lib Dems, Military, NATO, Pembrokeshire, Plaid Cymru, Plenary, Russia, Scotland, SNP, UK Government, Ukraine, UN, USA, Welsh GovernmentView Comments
Thursday, 26 March 2015
By Owen17:48Assembly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, China, Conservatives, EmpSk, Energy, EUCOM, Flintshire, Heritage, Industry, Labour, Lib Dems, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Plaid Cymru, Plenary, Trade, Welsh GovernmentView Comments
|Heavy metal? Or no metal at all?|
(Pic : Paul Webb via pickledimages.co.uk)
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
By Owen17:59Assembly, Buses, Business, Colleges, Curriculum, Disability, EmpSk, EPB, Housing, INQ, Local Government, Qualifications, Schools, Third Sector, UK Government, Welfare, Welsh Government, YPeopView Comments
|An Assembly committee has investigated the barriers facing young people as they enter the|
world of work, as well as assessing Welsh Government actions to reduce youth unemployment.
(Pic : The Guardian)
Last week, the Enterprise & Business Committee published their report into how young people find work (pdf). This is particularly important as quoted statistics underline how hard young people have been hit by the recession - up to 18% of 18-24 year olds were unemployed in 2014 compared to just 4.4% of 35-49 year olds.
Saturday, 21 March 2015
By Owen11:02Assembly, Curriculum, Drugs, EUCOM, HEASOC, INQ, Ireland, NZ, Policing, Prisons, PUBH, Third Sector, UK Government, Welsh Government, YPeopView Comments
Earlier this week, the National Assembly's Health & Social Care Committee published their inquiry report (pdf) into new psychoactive substances (aka. NPS, "legal highs"). It was an extensive and wide-ranging inquiry which took evidence from a huge list of witnesses and focus groups around Wales.
Thursday, 19 March 2015
By Owen17:57Assembly, BBC, Business, Conservatives, Football, Internet, Labour, Legislation, Lib Dems, MHealth, Plaid Cymru, Planning, Plenary, Poverty, Powers, Society, UK Parliament, Welsh GovernmentView Comments
|Fixed-odds gaming terminals and online gambling were in the sights of |
AMs during the latest members debate at the National Assembly.
(Pic : The Mirror)
There will be no Casino Royale jokes. Hopefully that "row" has burned itself out at last. It was light-hearted at first, but watching AMs and the media scramble over each other to be the most outraged was like being strapped into a bottomless chair and taking a pounding to the balls.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
By Owen17:54Assembly, Business, Conserv, Energy, EU, Farming, Industrial Relations, INQ, NatR, PAC, WAO, Waste, Welsh GovernmentView Comments
|The National Assembly's Public Accounts Committee have said that while the Glastir|
scheme is well-intentioned, there are problems with how it's been managed.
(Pic : Nanhoron Estate)