Independence Index

Your in-depth guide to Welsh independence.


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


The major local political stories and developments from Bridgend county.


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?

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Independence Minutiae : The Land Registry

(Pic : Land Registry)

The latest in my series of indescribably boring and technical posts looking at overlooked and minor issues of Welsh independence considers registration of land ownership (titles, deeds etc.). At the moment it's the responsibility of the Land Registry.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Welsh Budget 2017-18

(Pic : BBC Wales)
The Welsh Government's spending plans for the next financial year were tabled in the Senedd on Tuesday by Local Government & Finance Secretary, Mark Drakeford (Lab, Cardiff West).

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

FMQs : Trains, Cash & Arts

AMs donned windbreakers and proverbially hung around platforms as the future of rail services dominated proceedings this week. It's also a week that marks the 50
th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster on Friday – with commemorations due at the Senedd tomorrow. It's budget week too and I hope to have something on that for tomorrow (Thursday at the latest).

Sunday, 16 October 2016

AMs Demand : 'Bring Back Group B'

"Remember kids, don't do this ridiculously cool thing."

Our crippling, and deeply unhelpful, obsession with nostalgia and relics of the past could soon see over-powered production cars using Wales' narrow and poorly maintained forestry roads at 70mph.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Dic Siôn Dafydd?

Traitor? Following his conscience? Legitimately disgruntled?
(Pic : Wales Online)

The timing's a bit of a shock, but the news isn't. This was going to be a more jocular post, but that's been shunted as there's only one story today and that's Dafydd Elis-Thomas' announcement last night that he's left Plaid Cymru and will sit out the rest of the term as an Independent AM.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Senedd rallies to get Wales moving

Only a third of Welsh schoolchildren get their recommended hour of physical activity a day.
Pic : Road Safety GB)

The latest backbench members debate was on the subject of physical activity, in particular walking and cycling.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

FMQs : Curious Tales, Cwmbran Hospital & Ireland

There was a varied FMQs today, with questions ranging from the M4, average earnings, the planning system and also a polite warning from the Llywydd.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Assembly Committee Slams Wales Bill

(Pic : BBC Wales)
Last Thursday, the National Assembly's Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee published its report into the latest draft of the Wales Bill, which is now in the unelected House of Lords (pdf).

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Plaid's Infrastructure Commission

(Pic : Plaid Cymru)
(Owen : It's funny how things turn out. I'm sure that counts as three correct predictions in a row. As for the recent controversial episode of Question Time this sums up what happens in pretty much every episode and why I don't watch political programmes. "Don't feed the trolls.")

On Monday, the Shadow Ministers for the Economy & Infrastructure – Adam Price AM (Plaid, Carms. E & Dinefwr) and Dai Lloyd AM (Plaid, South Wales West) respectively – launched a policy paper outlining their proposal to create a National Infrastructure Commission (pdf).

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Maesteg Market, New Leader & More

(Pic : Bridgend Council)

Here's another round up of some of the major talking points in Bridgend, including reports from the monthly Bridgend Council (BCBC) cabinet and full council meetings, as well as a rare discussion in the National Assembly.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Local Government Reform : Mergers Ditched

In case you were wondering, it's in reference to this.
Yesterday, Finance & Local Government Secretary, Mark Drakeford (Lab, Cardiff West), unveiled the Welsh Government's latest proposals for local government reform.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

FMQs : Breakfast, Food & Cadw Merger

Another Tuesday, another FMQs and, as usual, there was plenty up for discussion.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

A Polished Diamond?

(Pic : Wales Online)

A major review into tuition fees and student finance reported back earlier this week, authored by the Vice Chancellor of Aberdeen University, Prof. Ian Diamond.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Senedd Watch - September 2016

  • Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams (Lib Dem, Brecon & Radnor), announced government funding for Techniquest – a science education charity with sites in Cardiff and Wrexham – would end from 2021. Around a third of its £3.3million annual income is from government grants.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

AMs press for "decisive action" on Bovine TB

(Pic : The Guardian)
The issue of precisely how to deal with Bovine tuberculosis is one of the longest-running sagas in post-devolution Wales, and something that has become a serious threat to the livelihoods of dairy and beef farmers, even if they're compensated for the loss of livestock.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Senedd debates draft BBC Charter

(Pic : BBC Wales)

Yesterday, the National Assembly discussed the draft version of the BBC's new Royal Charter, which will set out operating conditions and public service remit for the broadcaster (and also has a knock-on impact on S4C). It comes amidst long-standing concerns over how the BBC portrays and serves Welsh audiences.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

FMQs : Mindfulness, Tourism & Winter is Coming

Health dominated today's FMQs, with questions on plenty of other matters too. It's going to be a busy week, with more on the Diamond Review, BBC Draft charter and Bovine TB in the next few posts....but there wasn't a mention of Brexit!

Saturday, 24 September 2016

The Big Brexit To Do List

Before Brexit can happen, we need to know what needs to be done beforehand.

I'm getting as fed up with the endless hot air surrounding Brexit as much as you probably are. This will be my final post on Brexit for the foreseeable future. I'm also considering ignoring any future statements/questions on this in the Senedd as nothing's actually happened yet and nobody seems to be in a rush to make anything happen either