Independence Index

Your in-depth guide to Welsh independence.

Assembly

The latest news, debates and reports from the Senedd. (Fourth Assembly stories are under 'Archive').

Bridgend

The major local political stories and developments from Bridgend county.

Laws

We gave AMs law-making powers; this is what's being done with them.

Committee Inquiries

Detailed scrutiny of how Wales is being run. (Fourth Assembly inquiries are under 'Archive').

Independence In Depth : Defending Wales

How could Wales defend itself as an independent nation? Starts August 2016.

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.

Friday, 24 June 2016

EU Referendum : The Results

(Pic : connectpa.co.uk)

After what seemed like decades of torture, the electorate has delivered our verdict on whether the UK should stay in the EU, with EnglandandWales comprehensively saying : "Out."

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

EU Referendum : BBC Debate

(Pic : BBC)

Both sides of the referendum debate took one of the few chances left on the UK-wide stage to put their arguments across before the vote on Thursday, with the BBC hosting an extraordinary event at Wembley Arena last night, attended by around 6,000 people.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

FMQs : Taxes, Jinxes & Jobs



This is the last FMQs before the EU referendum but, as usual, there were a wide variety of topics up for discussion.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

EU Referendum : What happens if Leave wins?

(Pic : BBC)

There's a far greater degree of uncertainty surrounding a Leave vote than a Remain vote. Even Leave campaigners can't agree on what a Brexit would actually look like with certainty. There's no single plan of action and that's the fundamental weakness of their campaign.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

EU Referendum : What happens if Remain wins?


It's absolutely right that this wretched referendum campaign has gone on hiatus following the assassination of Jo Cox. It's not my place to speculate on the motives of her killer, as that's for the police and courts to determine for certain. Regardless, we still have a serious decision to make next Thursday and in the short time left there's little wriggle room to ignore it however much I would like to.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

EU Referendum : Senedd Debate

(Pic : Wales Online)
As mentioned on Tuesday, the forthcoming EU referendum is dominating political discussion.... Yes, I want it to be over as much as you do but I'm expected to cover it.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

FMQs : EU, Opencast & Orlando



Another week, another edition of First Minister's Questions with a wide range of topics from farming to planning and the Welsh language.

Monday, 13 June 2016

EU Referendum : Arguments to Leave

(Pic : Yahoo)
After looking at some of the main arguments from those advocating the UK remain in the European Union, it's time to turn attentions to those arguing for a "Brexit".

Sunday, 12 June 2016

EU Referendum : Arguments to Remain

(Pic : Telegraph)

The next two posts - today and tomorrow - will look at the key arguments being put forward by both sides of the EU referendum debate and deciding for myself how well those arguments stand up.

Friday, 10 June 2016

EU Referendum : ITV Debate

(Pic : ITV)
With under two weeks left until we go to the polls to decide whether the UK remains or leaves the European Union, both campaigns will step up their efforts to get our votes.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

FMQs : Liz, Class Sizes & Court Closures



Time for another account of the weekly "theatre" of First Minister's Questions. This time the topics include : smaller class sizes, the EU referendum, court closures....and Wales at Euro 2016.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Only Jac's the Bad Man?

In what's becoming an all too regular development, another
legal notice has been issued to a Welsh blogger for defamation.
(Pic : via Jac o' the North)

It was somewhat inevitable, but Royston Jones's Jac o' the North blog – easily the most popular blog and investigative news site in Wales - has finally come to the attention of solicitors; more from the ever eloquent Y Cneifiwr.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Backing the BID & Bollards

A ballot is to be launched soon to create a business improvement district for Bridgend
- and Bridgend Council are expected to back it themselves.
(Pic : Wales Online)
It's time for another round up of some of the key issues to be discussed by Bridgend Council's (BCBC) cabinet and full council this week.