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').

Vice Nation: Sex

How could an independent Wales deal with issues surrounding sex?

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Senedd Watch - May 2016

  • Labour remained the largest party following the election, holding 29 seats. However, former Public Services and Education Minister Leighton Andrews lost his Rhondda seat to Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.

Monday, 30 May 2016

EU Referendum : What is the European Union?

(Pic : BT)
Now the Assembly election is firmly out of the way, it's time to turn attentions to the next big mass traipse to polling stations : the referendum on UK membership of the EU on June 23rd.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Independence Minutiae : Circuses & Zoos

(Pic : Telegraph)

It's been a while since I've done this, but my next look at minor issues relating to Welsh independence is one that's actually been in the news fairly recently : the use of wild or endangered animals in performance acts, particularly circuses.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Brackla Station News & Tondu Expansion

"The future Brackla Park and."

After yesterday's look at the pedestrianisation report, there are two significant planning-related stories out of Bridgend over the last few days worth touching on.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Bridgend Pedestrianisation Report Released

(Pic : IComply)

As reported in this week's Glamorgan Gazette, Bridgend Council are to discuss a much-anticipated report from Capita on the potential part de-pedestrianisation of Bridgend town centre (pdf).

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

FMQs : Cancer, Steel & Newport M4

I'm trying something new for the Fifth Assembly in order to improve the depth of coverage and that's blogging First Minister's Questions (FMQs) for the first time.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Election 2016 Report : Greens & Minor Parties

(Pic : BBC Wales)

This final after action report looks at the performance of the minor parties in Wales.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

New Welsh Cabinet Announced

(Pic : WalesOnline)

Following Carwyn Jones' confirmation as First Minister, he announced his new government earlier this afternoon.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Senedd sharting ends in a squeak

Back in your box, Twitter. Feeling salty?

Normal service is resumed....sort of. The National Assembly has – as anyone with an ounce of common sense would've expected – rubber-stamped both the appointment of Carwyn Jones as First Minister and the formation of a Labour minority government.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Election 2016 Report : Lib Dems

(Pic : via Reddit)

There's very little to say here other than repeating that "they had a bad night", so I'll keep this as quick and painless as possible.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Election 2016 Report : UKIP

(Pic : ITV Wales)

"And where are the clowns? Quick, send in the clowns. Don't bother, they're here....."

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Can Porthcawl be reconnected to rail?

Porthcawl remains one of the largest towns in Wales without a direct rail connection.
What might it take to reintroduce the link?
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Tourist season is coming, and thousands of people from near and far will soon begin descending on the south Wales coast to take advantage of any sunny days we'll have. In Porthcawl's case it's almost certain most of them will arrive by car.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Election 2016 Report : Conservatives

(Pic : Wales Online)

Second place becomes third place, but recent events in the Senedd have perhaps overshadowed what was a poor night for the Welsh Conservatives.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Election 2016 Report : Plaid Cymru

(Pic : Plaid Cymru via Flickr)

Plaid Cymru might not be The Next Government of Wales™ , but they are at least The Next Shadow Cabinet of Wales™....and they'll have to satisfy themselves with that.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

When Politicians Shit Their Pants

As you can tell by Leanne's body language, she's absolutely
thrilled to have been put forward as First Minister.

One headline today was about a man being caught on video knocked out by a clown in a circus stunt. A man was  knocked out by a clown in Blackwood too.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Election 2016 Report : Labour

(Pic : Wales Online)

Against expectations Labour achieved a good result - holding 29 seats – and the numbers to form a minority government (as expected in the next few days).

Monday, 9 May 2016

Bridgend run by hot air & more....

A scheme similar to the one outlined above could be coming to Bridgend.
(Pic : Vattenfall)

With the "excitement" of the elections dying down – and ahead of the Assembly reconvening – it's time to turn attentions to some interesting items on the agenda for Bridgend Council's (BCBC) monthly cabinet meeting tomorrow afternoon.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

2016 Police & Crime Commissioner Election Results

(Pic : Daily Post)

The results of the four Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections in Wales were revealed this afternoon.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Election 2016 : The Results

We now know who will fill these seats in the Fifth Assembly and,
as expected, it takes on a purplish tinge.
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After months or weeks of campaigning, the Welsh electorate (or, more accurately, those who bothered to vote) has delivered our verdict.

Ogmore By-Election Result

(Pic : BBC Wales)

Before turning to the National Assembly results, it's worth first covering the result of the by-election for the vacant Ogmore Westminster seat.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Margam Mine Restoration Called-In?

Plans to restore the former Margam/Parc Slip opencast site near Kenfig Hill have stalled.
(Pic : BBC Wales)

Update 9th June 2016 : According to a BCBC officer at a Planning Committee meeting (which you can watch here at 59:21 in), the "call in" order from the Welsh Government has been lifted - which means this post is now redundant. Some of the S106 conditions have been amended to match Neath Port Talbot's and fix some errors. It doesn't affect the decision or proposals themselves.

As promised last month, I take a break from the Assembly election to (sort of) cover a special meeting of Bridgend Council's (BCBC) Planning Committee held this afternoon.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Election 2016 : Bridgend & Ogmore

Apologies to (non Labour voting) Wales in advance....
(Pic : Wales Online)
With polling day just around the corner, it's worth turning attentions to local constituencies. There's little point in repeating what I said last year in terms of constituency profiles (Bridgend, Ogmore), so I'll concentrate on the politics.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Election 2016 : The Regional Lists

20 AMs will be elected from five regional lists and, yet again,
the lists promise to provide some drama on Friday morning.
(Pic : BBC Wales)

Aside from a few select constituencies, the exciting stuff happens on the regional lists because it's largely unpredictable : in 2011, few people foresaw Nick Bourne's unseating or the Lib Dems retaining 4 list seats. It promises to provide most of the drama this time around with UKIP and the Greens aiming to elect AMs for the first time.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Election 2016 : Ten Key Seats

Where might your vote count the most?
(Pic : BBC Wales)
We're now at the business end of the 2016 election though, unlike previous elections, I'm not going to make any predictions as they just serve as a opportunity to make an arse of myself. Instead, I'm going to focus on those seats which might provide some excitement on election night : today the first-past-the-post seats, tomorrow I'll cover the regional lists.