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').

Vice Nation: Sex

How could an independent Wales deal with issues surrounding sex?

Monday, 31 October 2016

Senedd Watch - October 2016


  • UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced a “Great Repeal Bill” would be introduced to repeal the European Communities Act 1973 and end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. She also confirmed Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will be triggered by the end of March 2017, starting a two-year EU withdrawal process.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Live From Angel St. - October Planning Committee

Penybont FC's plans to improve facilities in Bryntirion have suffered a setback.
(Pic : Ton Pentre FC)


The monthly meeting of Bridgend Council's Development Control Committee was held yesterday afternoon. As usual, the webcast is available here.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

What type of Brexit suits Wales?

Soft Brexit vs Hard Brexit - the same process but different end results.
(Pic : buzzfeed.com)

I said I wouldn't return to Brexit until something concrete happens. Now that we have a timetable for the activation of Article 50 , a recent ministerial meeting involving the devolved administrations and hints at what sort of Brexit the UK Government will pursue, it's worth coming back to it again.

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.