Archive for October, 2008


Regeneration after the crunch

Geraint Talfan Davies reports from the Wales Regeneration Summit.


The New Deal

Professor R. Ross Mackay argues that we should take a leaf out of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s book and prescribe a new advance for the 21st Century to overcome the credit crunch.


Life After Rhodri

John Osmond looks at the problems Welsh Labour will face in filling the gap that will be left when the First Minster steps down next September:


Making foreign policy relevant at home

David Milliband
On 16 October 2008 the Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, addressed a joint meeting of the Institute of Welsh Affairs and Cardiff Business Club at the St. David’s Hotel, Cardiff. His speech, given at the height of the banking crisis dealt with the implications of the crisis, the lessons of global engagement and its relevance for Wales.


So why has she decided to stand down?

Lee Waters, Sustrans Cymru Director: I was as surprised as anyone. The night before she told her constituency party that she wouldn’t be contending the next election, Jane Davidson attended a meeting of the Sustrans Cymru Advisory Board. She struck everyone present as being passionate and engaged with her brief. So why then is she [...]


Welsh funds

James Foreman-Peck, Cardiff Business School: Yesterday saw the creation of an Assembly Government Commission to recommend how Wales’ Government should be funded. The Commission needs to address three essential points. The first is the block grant from UK central government that currently pays for devolved services, together with the Barnett formula, which determines changes in [...]


Cardiff Council’s drive to destock

Peter Finch, Chief Executive of Academi: Is the decision by Cardiff Council to auction off some of its ancient and valuable book stock a harbinger of larger change to come? I think so. If the book trade hasn’t yet hit the sort of hurricane season that the world of finance has then it is only [...]


Edwina Hart’s Welsh NHS

Marcus Longley asks whether the latest NHS reorganisation embodies Ministerial interference, or proper democratic control:


Assembly Bwletin Cynulliad October 2008

October 2008: Assembly Plaid Leader Blasts UK Government Jones takes a swipe at Labour in London – No change in NHS drugs growth rate 20 prescriptions per head in Wales – Assembly’s Presiding Officer takes on committee Argument over the speed of Welsh laws.