Posts Tagged ‘Welsh Assembly’

The Beckett report, polls and the Left

by Peter Rowlands.

On two related issues, the Beckett Report and Labour’s overall level of support, there has not been a sufficiently robust response from the left. On Beckett there would appear to be general agreement that the failure to even attempt to dispel the myth that Labour was responsible for the 2008 crash because of over expenditure rather […]

The Left frames the debate at Welsh Labour conference

by Darren Williams.

Welsh Labour’s annual conference, held in Llandudno last weekend, saw the party united in condemnation of the Tories’ devastating policies but upbeat about Labour’s chances of victory of 2015. During a refreshingly open Q&A session, Ed Miliband paid fulsome tribute to Carwyn Jones’ Cardiff administration, from which he said the British party could learn.

LibDems censor Brokeback Britain

by Jon Lansman.

LibDem controlled Wrexham Council have banned the display of a picture depicting David Cameron and Nick Clegg as cowboys in an art exhibition at a council-run art gallery, claiming it is “too political to display in the run up to the Welsh Assembly elections“. The artist, Brain Jones, who has established a reputation for his politically […]

There’s a time and a place for pluralism

by Jon Lansman.

At a time when pluralism versus tribalism is so much talked about, is it not surprising that one of Labour’s great taboos remains discussing electoral arrangements with other parties — pre-election deals? And yet we now have, for some elections, electoral systems which at least some of the time mean that a Labour vote is […]

Wales: ‘No’ campaigners play tricks

by Andy Newman.

The referendum to give the Welsh Assembly more powers (bringing it more in line with the Scottish Parliament) will take place on 3rd March. However, No campaigners have played a sneaky trick by declining to register their campaign with the electoral commission. Their decision denies both sides the opportunity to use £70,000 of public money to publicise the […]

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