The IWA Podcast: 2016 in review

Jess Blair is joined by Owen Hathway, Julia McWatt and Daran Hill as they review the events of 2016.

Brexit; Trump; The fifth assembly elections- It’s fair to say that this year hasn’t been boring.

2016 has been a year that few will forget in a hurry, but perhaps some will want to. It’s been a year of divided political opinion, of shock and surprise, of change.

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While global events have naturally dominated headlines, it’s been quite the year for Wales too. 2016 saw the fifth assembly elections, with Labour retaining their place as the largest party. Yet, the addition of UKIP and the loss of the Liberal Democrats signified a different assembly this time round. That difference was incapsulated by the challenge from Plaid Cymru’s leader, Leanne Wood, in that infamous vote for First Minister back in May, and it hasn’t returned to ‘business as usual’ in the months that followed either.

Reviewing the big stories of 2016, this special IWA Podcast features Jess Blair, Julia McWatt, Daran Hill and Owen Hathway. You can listen to the podcast here:

Jess Blair is Policy and Projects Manager at the IWA. Daran Hill is MD of Positif. Julia McWatt is Media and Comms Officer at the NHS Confederation and Owen Hathway is Policy Officer for NUT Cymru.

One thought on “The IWA Podcast: 2016 in review

  1. A good discussion. Daran Hill in particular made some very perceptive points. Yowls of pain from an established ruling class are no bad thing in what is supposed to be a democracy – especially if they force it to listen, rather than just say it is listening, to what people are actually saying and feeling.

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